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Previous VMR Vessel that has been replaced with funding from QCoal Foundation

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QCoal Foundation donations making a positive impact

In 2020 The QCoal Foundation donated $50,000 towards the purchase of a much-needed new rescue vessel for Volunteer Marine Rescue Bowen (VMR).

QCF Chairman Christopher Wallin said the Foundation was proud to play a part in an exciting new chapter in VMR Bowen’s future, which is all about keeping local families, workers and visitors safe on the water.

“The Foundation supports initiatives that improve regional and remote access to better health and education opportunities, or in the case of VMR Bowen, enhances community liveability,” he said.

“We believe helping fund a major upgrade to a regional marine rescue service in a fishing, boating and tourist hub like Bowen is a great investment in this community’s lifestyle and amenity.”

VMR Bowen is a volunteer-run service which has operated in the area for the past 50 years and the service was desperate to replace its ageing 18-year-old vessel, believed to be one of the oldest rescue vessels in Queensland, with a safer, more capable and technologically advanced vessel.

VMR Bowen Fundraising Committee Coordinator Ted Gatkowski said at the time he was “absolutely over the moon” to receive such a substantial donation from the QCoal Foundation and expressed his gratitude for the foundation’s support saying it was a “major game-changer” in their efforts to purchase a new vehicle.

The new vessel has already been put to use in an emergency situation and the impressive new asset has also raised interest in the organisation amongst the local community particularly attracting an influx of younger people showing interest in getting involved.

The QCoal Foundation funds health, education and liveability projects in regional and remote Queensland through its Community Grant program.