Graphic: RFDS Local Hero Awards

Nominate an RFDS Local Hero

Date published

18 Mar 2021

Do you know a community member who in some way supported the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) last year?

If so, the RFDS wants to hear from you.

The Flying Doctor today launched the 2021 RFDS Local Hero Awards, providing an opportunity to recognise selfless members of the community who have gone above and beyond to help others.

RFDS (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib invited Queenslanders to nominate unsung heroes who had helped the Service.

RFDS Local Hero Awards

“Nominees may be a volunteer or fundraiser, a first responder who assisted in an emergency until the RFDS could arrive, or a healthcare advocate who promotes better health outcomes for people in their community,” she said.

“These people are often the lifeblood of their communities and we want to learn more about them.

“Our 2021 Queensland Hero will receive a $7,500 grant, courtesy of Ergon Energy Retail, to promote a healthcare initiative in their community.”

In launching the awards, Ms Staib said the RFDS relished the opportunity to show appreciation for the generosity of volunteers

“Award recipients can be nominated from each of the nine RFDS Queensland Base regions – Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Charleville, Longreach, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Roma and Townsville,” she said.

“I’m very grateful to our major partners, Ergon Energy Retail, Seven News Queensland and Queensland Country Life, for helping us to shine a light on our local heroes.”

Ergon Energy Retail Executive General Manager Ayesha Razzaq said the business was committed to supporting the work of regional Queenslanders across the state and is looking forward to again recognising the outstanding work of so many quiet achievers.  

“This is our sixth year as a proud partner of the Local Hero Awards and every year that goes by, we are more impressed by the nominations,” Ms Razzaq said.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing who this year’s overall winner is and how they’ll use the grant to help improve community health outcomes in their local area.”

Nominations are now open. Visit www.rfdslocalhero.com.au