RFDS Woolworths in-store fundraiser

Woolworths shoppers round up to make a difference

Date published

24 May 2023

Sometimes a little bit can go a long way.

RFDS Simulator

That’s certainly what Woolworths customers across Queensland and northern New South Wales are proving as they round up thousands of transactions to help keep the Doctor Flying.

Until 6 June, customers can choose to round-up their transactions via any self-serve registers.

They can also contribute using the ‘Donations’ button on all registers, which can be done all year round.

Executive General Manager Fundraising and Philanthropy for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) (Queensland Section) Katherine Ash said the impact from customers’ generosity is greatly appreciated.

"We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with Woolies; this month marks eight years of conducting in-store fundraising, which has helped to raise over $2.7 million,” Ms Ash said.

“This money goes towards significant lifesaving work that people in some of the most remote parts of Australia really count on.”

RFDS staff with simulator

Woolworths Mount Isa grocery team member, Charmaine knows firsthand the importance of the RFDS, having flown her mother out of Mount Isa a few years back for lifesaving treatment.

“The RFDS is the lifeline of living out here in remote western Queensland,” Charmaine said.

“I’m proud to work for Woolworths, especially supporting a vital service that our community relies on, and I encourage all of our team and customers to support and contribute to the fundraising campaign.

”Woolworths State Administration Manager QLD, Harley Middleby, said the RFDS continues to provide outstanding support for rural and remote communities across Queensland.

“We’d like to thank customers for their ongoing generosity; it’s a great example of how together we can create better experiences for a better tomorrow.”

This year, the RFDS is visiting multiple Woolworths stores with its state-of-the-art simulator, a replica of a King Air B200 aircraft where kids can grab themselves a fun RFDS colouring-in sheet to take home.

The simulator can be found at the following locations;

  • Woolworths Childers – Wednesday, 24 May, from 8am – 1pm
  • Woolworths Highfields (Toowoomba) – Friday, 26 May, from 8am-1pm