Sunraysia volunteers raise $15,000 for the Flying Doctor

Date published

12 Sep 2018

A committed group of Sunraysia volunteers has presented another $15,000 donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The bi-annual donation – adding to $9,000 already donated in June this year – takes the group’s total contribution to the life-saving service to more than $645,000 since 2000.

“The RFDS provides the finest care to more than 300,000 Australians each year – that’s one person every two minutes,” says Lew Burke, President of the RFDS Sunraysia Support Group.

“Everyone in our region knows somebody who has been airlifted from Mildura to Adelaide or Melbourne by the RFDS for life-saving surgery or specialist medical treatment – 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,” Mr Burke says.

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

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Mr Burke presented the latest cheque for $15,000 to Lindy Allchurch, RFDS Central Operations Volunteer Coordinator, at the group’s AGM in Mildura on Monday night.  

“The commitment and dedication of the RFDS Sunraysia 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 100 aeromedical evacuations across the country every day – and night – of the year, not to mention the thousands of road patient transfers throughout Victoria every 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 tens of thousands of patients 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 Sunraysia Support Group President Lew Burke on (03) 5022 8299