RFDS crew with simulator

Life-saving funds raised for Flying Doctor at iconic outback event

Date published

05 Sep 2022

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) is paying tribute to attendees of the Birdsville Races after more than $40,000 was raised for the life-saving service.

Despite the unexpected rainfall and muddy conditions, thousands of people from across the country travelled to the tiny Queensland town for the 140th Birdsville Races at the weekend.

RFDS (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib said the Birdsville Race Club has proudly supported the Flying Doctor for decades.

“We’re incredibly grateful to the Birdsville community and everyone who came out to support us,” Ms Staib said.

“Your generosity goes a long way and helps ensure we can continue to deliver vital aeromedical retrieval and primary health care services – including mental health services – to communities like Birdsville, in the furthest corners of our state.”

RFDS Senior Mental Health Clinician Donna Ross visits Birdsville with the RFDS primary health care clinic team each fortnight, but this was the first time she was in town for the iconic Races.

“It was a privilege to witness the amazing support shown by the community and everyone who made the trek to Birdsville for the weekend,” Ms Ross said.

“My favourite part was getting to connect with people outside of my usual role who had come from far and wide to experience the event and show their support for the Flying Doctor.

“I’d also like to thank the hardworking volunteers who gave up their time – both in the rain and the sunshine - to help raise vital funds for our service.”