Graphic: A group of people wearing red tshirts hold an oversized RFDS cheque. They are all smiling at the camera.

Port Pirie volunteers raise $10,000 for Flying Doctor

Date published

27 Sep 2018

A committed group of Port Pirie volunteers has presented a $10,000 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 $15,000 over the past two years.

“The RFDS lands every day in Port Pirie to airlift a patient to Adelaide for life-saving surgery or specialist medical treatment,” says Donna Murphy, President of the RFDS Port Pirie & District Support Group.

“Everyone in the area 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,” Mrs Murphy says.

A group of people wearing red RFDS tshirts smile at the camera. They are holding a cheque for the RFDS for $10,000.

“I’d like to thank each and every member of the RFDS Port Pirie & District Support Group – all of whom volunteers – and our local community for their generous donations and unwavering support of our fundraising efforts throughout the year.”

Mrs Murphy presented the cheque for $10,000 to Lindy Allchurch, RFDS Central Operations Volunteer Coordinator, at the Smelters’ Picnic on 26 September.

“The commitment and dedication of the RFDS Port Pirie & District Support Group – 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.

“The RFDS has been saving lives for 90 years. Today, RFDS crews perform 15 aeromedical evacuations throughout South Australia every day – and night – of the year,” she said.

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 South 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.

Contact the RFDS Port Pirie & District Support Group President Donna Murphy on 0408 037 971