May 2023 Flying Doctor fundraising recap

Going the distance: May 2023 fundraising recap

Date published

24 May 2023

A huge shout out to all the Flying Doctor's devoted supporters, who have been busy raising funds and awareness for the RFDS.

Jamestown Ball

Getting jiggy in Jamestown >

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the RFDS Jamestown Ball over the weekend and helped raise more than $50,000 for the Flying Doctor.

Hats off to our RFDS Jamestown & Districts Support Group for putting on the event, guest speaker Les Burdett OAM, Matty Allen Music, major sponsors CMV Group Foundation and CMV Truck Centre, and all those who volunteered on the night.

Northline 40 years donation

40K for 40 years >

The Flying Doctor was proud to be chosen by Australian global logistics business, Northline, as its 40th year charity partner. 

As part of its celebrations, the entire team across Australia raised $40,000, which was presented at an event in Adelaide in March. The company hopes to present another $40,000 cheque in Darwin at the end of May.

Founded in 1983, family-owned business Northline began servicing the NT, including remote communities throughout the central corridor of Australia – highlighting its parallels to the work of the RFDS.

Northline employee Erin Foster holds the Flying Doctor dearly after her first-hand experience in 2019. Erin was admitted to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide to have her daughter, Brooklyn – who arrived one month early weighing 1.7 kilograms.

As a result, Brooklyn had to stay in hospital until her weight increased, putting great pressure on the young mum, who at the time, lived almost 500 kilometres from Adelaide.

“Without the RFDS and the amazing service they provide, I would not have been able to get Brooklyn home safely until she reached 2.5 kilograms and was able to travel in a car, which would have been another two to three weeks,” Erin said.

"The RFDS will always hold a special place in my heart."

ANZ Cheque Handover

Having a ball >

This year's ANZ Community Ball was hosted by the RFDS at the Adelaide Oval, raising more than $330,000 for its seven selected charity partners, including the Flying Doctor.

Golfing for good

Golfing for good >

Last year marked the 42nd anniversary of the Petroleum Exploration Society/Society of Petroleum Engineers (SA Branches) Golf Tournament – over the past 24 years, almost $430,000 has been raised.

The 2022 edition was held at Flagstaff Hill Golf and Country Club, raising more than $18,000 for the Flying Doctor.

Pedals for purpose

Pedals for purpose >

The uniquely Australian annual staged mountain race, Simpson Desert Bike Challenge, last year raised $26,450 for the Flying Doctor.

The RFDS has been the event’s nominated charity for more than a decade and the team will once again be raising funds this year.

The five-day challenge staged across the Australian Simpson Desert is truly one for the bucket list. Visit to register as a rider, support crew or race official for the September 2023 event.

Find out how you can get involved and fundraise for the RFDS.