Alice Springs volunteers raise $50,000 for Flying Doctor

Date published

14 Nov 2018

A committed group of Alice Springs volunteers has presented a $50,000 donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The annual donation takes the group’s total contribution to the life-saving service to more than $2 million over the past 30 years.

“RFDS crews perform seven aeromedical evacuations in the Northern Territory every day, either an outback retrieval or the transfer of a patient from one of our country hospitals to Adelaide or Darwin for life-saving surgery or specialist medical treatment,” says Henry Brink, Acting President of the RFDS Alice Springs Auxiliary. 

“Everyone in Alice Springs knows somebody who has been flown by the RFDS – it’s such a vital service and you never know when it might be you or a loved one who will need the Flying Doctor,” says Kathy Arthurs, RFDS Senior Flight Nurse and member of the volunteer Auxiliary.

“I’d like to thank each and every member of the RFDS Alice Springs Auxiliary – all of whom volunteers – and our local community for their generous donations and unwavering support of our fundraising efforts throughout the year,” says Dr Brink.

Dr Brink presented the cheque for $50,000 to Lindy Allchurch, RFDS Central Operations Volunteer Coordinator, at a function to thank Auxiliary sponsors on 30 October.

Funds were raised through a multitude of activities including a firewood raffle, a BBQ stall at the Alice Springs Show, ongoing recycling activity through the NT Container Deposit scheme and RFDS donation tins placed on the counters of local businesses.

A group of people holding an oversized cheque smile at the camera. They are standing in front of a RFDS aircraft.

“The commitment and dedication of the RFDS Alice Springs Auxiliary – matched by the generosity of the local community – will help us continue to save lives, when and where it is needed most,” Ms Allchurch said at the meeting.
Ms Allchurch said the donation will directly benefit the RFDS capital-raising program for the replacement of RFDS ‘flying intensive care units’ – at a cost of more than $7 million each.

“On behalf of everyone at RFDS – and the thousands of Australians we airlift every year – we offer our heartfelt thanks for your hard work and service to your local community,” Ms Allchurch said.

Ms Allchurch added that enquiries to get involved in volunteering to help the RFDS were always welcome.

RFDS Alice Springs Auxiliary meets on the last Tuesday of every month at the Gillen Club, 57 Milner Road. Enquiries can be emailed to alicerfdsauxiliary@hotmail.com