Kingston volunteers raise $20,000 for Flying Doctor

Date published

22 Oct 2019

A dedicated group of local volunteers has raised $20,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), representing their fundraising efforts with the support of the Kingston community over the past year.

“Twice a week the RFDS lands in the South East to airlift patients to Adelaide for life-saving surgery or specialist medical treatment,” says Cheryl Fuss, President of the Kingston & District RFDS Support Group.

“Over the past year, the RFDS has landed 38 times in Kingston alone.”

“Those of us living in the country are all too familiar with the tyranny of distance and the importance of access to specialist care in times of medical emergency,” Mrs Fuss says.

“The RFDS provides this vital access, not to just for those of us living in Kingston, but to more than 15 South Australians every day – in the outback, from the regions and in the city alike,” she says.

Since last year’s donation the RFDS has introduced to operational service the RFDS Medi-Jet 24, South Australia’s first purpose-built aeromedical jet. The $13 million aircraft was funded solely by bequests, sponsorships and donations from the community.

Three ladies smile at the camera. They are holding a novelty oversized cheque made out to the RFDS for $20,000. One lady is wearing a RFDS uniform.

“We feel very humbled to have played our part with others in raising the funds for the RFDS to purchase the ultimate ‘flying intensive care unit’, capable of slashing total mission times of long-haul patient evacuations from the outback or interstate to specialist medical care,” Mrs Fuss says.

“I extend my sincere thanks to every member of the Kingston & District RFDS Support Group for their hard work and commitment, and to our local community for their on-going support of our fundraising activities. So much can be achieved when people work together for a common goal,” she says.

Mrs Fuss presented a $20,000 donation to Lindy Allchurch, Volunteer Coordinator of RFDS Central Operations, at the group’s AGM on Monday 14 October.

“This year’s donation takes the group’s total contribution to the Flying Doctor to more than $295,000 since it began fundraising in 2007, which is a remarkable achievement,” Ms Allchurch says.

The latest donation, like those before, will be used to help meet the shortfall in our operational funding and to finance our capital-raising program for the purchase of our ‘flying intensive care units’ – the next to arrive late this year,” Ms Allchurch says.

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

Enquiries to get involved with Kingston & District RFDS Support Group are always welcome. Contact Cheryl Fuss, President, Kingston & District RFDS Support Group, on (08) 8767 253.