Two men in RFDS uniform stand smiling in front of a RFDS aircraft standing on a tarmac runway

Port Pirie volunteers raise $14,000 for Flying Doctor

Date published

27 Nov 2019

A dedicated group of local volunteers has raised $14,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), representing their fundraising efforts with the support of the Port Pirie community over the past year.

“Every day the Flying Doctor lands in Port Pirie to airlift patients to Adelaide for life-saving surgery or specialist medical treatment,” says Jan Conder, President of the RFDS Port Pirie & District Support Group.

“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 Conder says.

“The RFDS provides this vital access, not to just for those of us living in Port Pirie, 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.

“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 Conder says.  

“I extend my sincere thanks to every member of the RFDS Port Pirie & District 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.

A group of people holding an oversized cheque smile at the camera.

Mrs Conder presented a $14,000 donation to Tony Vaughan ASM, Chief Executive and Lindy Allchurch, Volunteer Coordinator of RFDS Central Operations, at the group’s AGM on Monday 25 November.

“This year’s donation takes the group’s total contribution to the Flying Doctor to more than $36,000 since it began fundraising in 2016, 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 RFDS Port Pirie & District Support Group are always welcome.

Contact the RFDS Port Pirie & District Support Group President Jan Conder on 0414 227 470.