Fluoro Fridays

EVERY Friday for the past year the team at Maranoa Mechanical has been wearing fluoro to work.

The idea to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) by wearing fluorescent clothing to work was born in the smoko room of the workshop.

Once an agreement was made with the existing owners of the Fluro Friday name - a surfing charity in Sydney - employees were expected to wear something fluro to work.

If they didn't, $5 would need to make its way into the RFDS collection tin.

Since March 2014 the boys at Maranoa Mechanical have raised $2141.20 for the RFDS.

Little did they know when nominating a charity to support that one of their own would need the service.

One early Saturday morning this February, Emily Martin was cycling with a group of friends along the Buckinbah Weir Rd when disaster struck.

Riding at number three in the formation, Emily clipped a rider in front and had a heavy fall, hitting her head on the bitumen road.

While waiting at St George Hospital, Emily was in a lot of pain but had no idea how serious her injuries were.

After being delayed by storms on the coast, the RFDS eventually touched down in St George and Emily was then hurried to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Brisbane.

She spent the next six weeks recovering, the last four weeks being spent in the brain injury rehab unit.

"It's an experience I am glad I have had but, my goodness," she said, "as I started to get my wits about me and my memory started to improve, I realised I was surrounded by people in wheelchairs with very serious brain injuries. ‚ÄčIt was all very surreal. The first 24 hours was very confronting. How on Earth did I end up in here?"

One early Saturday morning this February, Emily Martin was cycling with a group of friends along the Buckinbah Weir Rd when disaster struck. Riding at number three in formation, Emily clipped a rider in front and had a heavy fall, hitting her head on the bitumen road. While waiting at St George Hospital, Emily was in a lot of pain but had no idea how serious her injuries were. The RFDS touched down in St George and Emily was then hurried to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Brisbane.

She spent the next six weeks recovering, the last four weeks being spent in the brain injury rehab unit.

Now out of the woods and back at work, Emily is very grateful to the RFDS.

boys at work wearing fluoro