James Smart - Rise For Rescue Ambassador

Rise for Rescue

James Smart - Rise For Rescue Ambassador

James Smart - Rise For Rescue Ambassador

Rescue Story

A decade ago, at age 17 James Smart was a rear seat passenger in a single vehicle accident. Travelling too quickly on a country road the driver lost control of the car which then rolled, flipping multiple times before hitting a tree at a second storey level height.

Due to the severity of the injuries and the critical care needed for the passengers the Rescue Helicopter attended the accident.

James sustained massive injuries and was placed on life support and was in hospital for 9 weeks. James’ parents were told that it would be possible for James to never walk or talk again.

The decision to take him off life support was an excruciating one, the risk that a son of 17 could be lost was high.  When the life support was turned off James responded and breathed on his own and the slow recovery journey began.

James had surgery to replace part of his skull and now is blind in one eye. However this did not stop this young man from defying all odds and thriving. James mentioned that there is some lingering trauma from the accident and he feels most comfortable when driving rather than a passenger.

At 27 James has just changed careers from publican to refrigerator mechanic. Like any manager of a local pub James is well known around Scone.

Motor vehicle accidents of this intensity are seen on our country roads every year and while James is very fortunate to have survived the Rescue Helicopter Service would like for the 50% of accident attendance to be much lower.  

Thank you to our Sponsors

$535

Cricket Boys

For a great cause and great mate. From the Cricket Boys

$515

All Metal Australia

Look forward to the Pics Maxie

$237

N Moore Wall & Floor Tiling

$200

Rjm Mobile Automotive

$159

Ian Archibald

Best wishes

$159

Newcastle & Port Stephens Game Fish

$113

Hunter Belle Dairy Co

$106

Bj Pringle

Well done Max, great cause buddy. Keep up the good work.

$106

Ed Archibald

Well done james! Great cause and great effort on the 30 days.

$106

Lyn And Stephen

$106

Aleisha Pengelly

$106

Richard Docherty

$106

Kimbley Sherwood

$106

Michele Simon Emma And Luke Smart

Hi Rachel. This is such a lovely thing to do. We haven't met you yet but we look forward to it. We are so grateful James is still here with us and love him very much xx

$106

Peppers Hair And Beauty

Wonderful service. One of owe bosses have used it and we are so thankful it was there for him.

$106

Pascoe-thomas Family

Hi James, Your story is an inspiration and a testament to your strength. We think of you and your family often! Sharon & Phillip Pascoe-Thomas

$106

Emily Pascoe-thomas

Love this!! xx

$106

Gm & Gd

Good news James

$106

Alec White

For a great man and a great organisation!

$106

Maria English

All the best, James! Happy for you to do all the exercise. 😊

$106

Emma Gorman

Always so proud of you! One of the best causes there is :)

$106

Lisa Richards

$106

David Browne

Well done max, loving the pictures! Keep it up!!

$106

Ian Saunders

Your a bloody champion mate.

$106

Eddie & Juliet

$106

Paul Benvenuti

$53

Tracey Abrahams

Great work Max

$53

Shelley Wilding

Well done Max! Enjoy taking the photos

$53

Tash & Paolo

Awesome work Max. We are so proud of you and impressed that you’re going to photograph every sunrise for the month. Can’t wait to see your photos too. Love Tash & Paolo

$53

Karen Brewster

A month of early rising and keeping track with photos is a super idea Max & for a special cause. Good luck! Squeak x

$53

Alex Morozoff

Top effort Max !!! Keep up the great work !!!

$53

Margaret Mctigue

We'll done Max.

$53

Ben @ Westofish

Bloody great cause Max and I'm very impressed that a young man your age is trying to make a difference. Congratulations and keep those great photos rolling.

$53

Jenny Fellowes

$53

Wayne Robinson

Awesome concept, good job Max, keep up the great work!

$53

Tom Smart

$53

Barrie And Thel Browne

$53

Anonymous

Great ambassador for a wonderful service!!

$53

Ben And Trudi

Way to go max! Loving the pics..... 👍

$53

The Munro's

Well done Max, great job. Love from The Munro's

$53

Angie And Tony Evans

So proud of you mate x

$53

Julie Smart

Happy to donate. You are amazing and we are blessed to have you and very thankful to God and the Rescue Helicopter.

$53

Michele Willsmore

$53

Matt Smart

Glad your alive, brother, good to have you around.

$53

Anonymous

Love you Big Fella. So thankful everyday!

$53

Di And Troy Van Balen

Well done James wonderful cause

$53

Anonymous

$53

Brooke Mcinerney

James you are a true fighter and a great person to go with it. Xxxx

$53

Michelle Edwards

The helicopter has save many lives. You're a legend James.

$53

Helen Nicolle

$53

Annie Jones

$53

Brendan Gregory

$53

Mel Collins

Proud of you James😊

$53

Tori Vines

Go Legend.

$53

Emma Gorman

Well done Rach- as you know we can thank Wetpack Rescue helicopter for one of our favourite people :)

$53

Michelle Manuel

Amazing photos Max for a wonderful service!

$53

Kylie Iles

Awesome work Max!

$53

Jimmy Carr

$53

Joanna Pasaemaa

$53

Luke Bell

Go maxy !!!!

$53

Brad Moran

Great work Max

$53

Nigel Rushworth

$53

Jaynie Moloney

Love you Maxy! Enjoy those beautiful sunrises 🌅

$50

Rachel Wicks

$50

The Cottage Scone

$50

Amanda Nash

$42

Valerie And David Apps

Love what you're doing Max, keep up the good work! Love from Uncle David & me! XX

$32

Chloe Bajada

Great job Maxxy.

$32

Elvie And Steve Dobbs

Go Max!!! Such a great cause to be supporting xx

$32

Nikki Cook

$32

Rhonda Baldwin

What a good idea hope this helps

$27

Stephanie Dunn

James you are an inspiration to all I'm very proud of you you have come such a long way keep up the great work sweetie and keep smiling

$27

David Shepherd

Good on ya mate keep up the good work ❤

$27

Carol Parkinson

Your willingness to support such an incredible service is wonderful Max

$27

Jodie Black

Great job you doing Max

$27

Chris Soeters

$27

Adele Stadoliukas

Good on you Max 👍

$27

Belinda Evans-browne

Awesome job Max. Love your work x

$27

Dom Carter

Well done Smarty!

$27

Nerida

Well done Max

$27

Louise

Well done Max! Love Louey x

$27

Trace, Hame, Giaan & Toby

So proud of you Max. Great work xx

$27

Janelle Sargent

MY thoughts go to the families, when I see the red and yellow in the sky. Thankful that they were there for you James.

$27

Hayden Phillips

$27

Graeme Dobbs

Keep the great sunrise photos coming Max. You are doing a great job.

$27

Kate Bullen

$27

Harry & Milly Ivins

Great job Max!

$27

Tom, Helen, Noah, Mattie And Sophie Green

Great effort Max! Loving your beautiful photos

$27

Sarah Caslick

Proud of you! And blessed to call you my big brother 💙

$27

Allison Rusell

Love you Maxy - good luck and enjoy the sunrise every morning!

$27

Jason Browne

$27

Dean Newsome

$27

Chloe

$27

Kelly Ramanauskas

Max you’re a legend. Enjoy all those sunrises. From Grace, Justin and Kel

$25

Jan Tweedie

$25

Lyndal Finn

Dear Max, you have done such a wonderful job fundraising for Westpac and getting up very early to take some beautiful photos. Love your work! Lyndal (Ditti) xx

$25

Hilary Camden

Amazing photos Max. !! Well done. Maybe your calling .. Tonns of love xx

$25

Sandra James

Well done Max

$25

Jillie Arnott

Happy to donate to this life saving service. Well done James

$25

Aspyn Tanner

$25

Tennille Capstick

So proud of you Smarty. A terrific colleague and a wonderful friend. What a cause 🤍

$25

James Darling

Nice work champ

$21

Leah Moir

Great idea Max! Hope you reach your goal.

$21

Ian And Sarah Murphy

Well done buddy! Awesome pics!!

$21

Dorothy Alexander

Well done!

$21

Amy Evans

$20

Mack Bowman

Good Stuff James!

$20

Natalie Stuart

So proud of you buddy d

$20

Vanessa Berry

Good job Max - Love Nes and John xx

$20

Bel And Simon

Keep your eye out for the winning shot!!

$16

Jacob Moore

$16

Millicent Ross

$16

Anonymous

$11

Leah Budzin

Great work!