Friends for life and local heroes

Date published

13 Jan 2020

Betty Marchant and Georgie Walker are local legends in their hometown of Eromanga. When they’re not looking after the RFDS clinic or running the monthly fundraising BBQ at the Royal Hotel, you can find them lending a hand to our aeromedical crew when we fly into town.

Your support helps us provide emergency retrieval services to towns like Eromanga and maintain the regular health clinic and medical chests that keep a community like this safe and healthy.

Betty knows from personal experience the difference the service can make for families living remotely. Now 67, her eldest son was only 18 months old, when he fell sick and began passing blood after accidentally swallowing kerosene.

Fortunately, there was a Flying Doctor medical chest on the neighbouring property. A call to the doctor and her son was prescribed some medicine from the chest. 

Two days later he was fully recovered.

“Having a medical chest is a godsend. With it, you just wouldn’t feel as safe living in places like this. It’s like having a chemist shop in the town.”

Betty and Georgie

Betty and Georgie have clocked up a remarkable 110 years of support for the Flying Doctor in Queensland between them. Their life-long commitment to the RFDS was honoured in 2019 in our Local Hero Awards.

The awards recognise the extraordinary efforts of the many men and women who go above and beyond to keep the Flying Doctor in the skies. The awards are proudly sponsored by Ergon Energy Retail, as part of a partnership with the Flying Doctor in Queensland that enters its 20th year this year. 

It’s because of the combined commitment of supporters like you, volunteers like Betty and Georgie and partners like Ergon Energy Retail that we can deliver the finest care to the furthest corners of Queensland.