$18m worth of life-saving support for the Flying Doctor

$18m worth of life-saving support for the Flying Doctor

Date published

28 Apr 2023

The Royal Flying Doctor Service continues to work hand in hand with Ergon Energy Retail and its customers, now raising more than 18 million life-saving dollars over 23 years.

RFDS Chief Executive Officer (Queensland Section) Meredith Staib said the partnership with Ergon Energy Retail continues to raise the bar in terms of corporate relationships.

“The contribution by Ergon Energy Retail employees and customers helps us to reach the furthest corner while providing the finest care.

“By donating $18 million over 23 years, Ergon Energy Retail customers have made a meaningful contribution towards a range of life-saving equipment, including the fit out of new aircraft, additional front-line resources and the delivery of essential primary health care to regional, rural and remote communities,” Ms Staib said.

Ergon Energy Retail Executive General Manager Ayesha Razzaq said there’s a real passion from both customers and Ergon Energy Retail employees to raise funds for the RFDS.

“Some of our employees have first-hand experience of the life-saving work carried out by the RFDS, and they know every time they’re able to set up a regular donation with a customer, it’s money that will go directly towards saving lives.

“The process of making a regular donation is easy, and we ask every customer whether they would like to donate either $2 or $5 on their Ergon Energy Retail bill.

“Many customers are more than happy to participate, with some choosing to donate even more, knowing that by doing so, it’s supporting vital services in rural and remote communities across Queensland,” Ms Razzaq said.

More than 117,000 Ergon Energy Retail customers and staff donate to the RFDS via their regular electricity bill.

Both organisations are proud Queenslanders with bases and call centres spread across regional locations, including Townsville and Rockhampton.

The Ergon Energy Retail customer donation scheme began in 2000.