Graphic: Rockhampton Regional Council gives back to RFDS
A generous donation from the Rockhampton Airport will help keep the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) in the skies.
Rockhampton Airport, operated by Rockhampton Regional Council today presented the RFDS with a cheque worth $103,064, the equivalent of one year's landing fees for the Service.
This year marks 21 years of support for the Flying Doctor from the airport, which has donated more than $800,000 over this period.
RFDS Rockhampton Base Services Coordinator, Trish Short said the significant donation would go a long way in helping thousands of people across Queensland.
"The RFDS helps more than 90,000 people in Queensland each year," she said. "Through generous donations such as this, we are able to fit out our aircraft with the lifesaving equipment we need to deliver the finest care to those people living, working and travelling in rural and remote Queensland.
"We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Rockhampton Airport and the Rockhampton Regional Council."
Mayor Margaret Strelow and Airport Committee Chair Councillor Neil Fisher today joined RFDS staff for the cheque handover and Mayor Strelow said Council was proud to support the incredible work of the RFDS.
"The Royal Flying Doctor Service saves lives across Queensland and our community greatly appreciates and values the dedication they show each and every day," Mayor Strelow said.
"Council has donated more than $800,000 to the RFDS over the past 21 years and that has helped keep them up in the air and I know there are many in the community who are extremely grateful for that.
"The RFDS has helped thousands of people and knowing that they are there when they're needed is a great comfort to the Rockhampton community," Mayor Strelow said.