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27 September, 2021

50,000 thank you’s from RFDS

THE Near and Far Auxiliary for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) has donated $50,000 to the RFDS Queensland Sector, allowing the organisation to purchase much needed medical equipment.

By Ellie Fink

RFDS Near and Far Auxiliary has donated $50,000 to keep the Royal Flying Doctors Service flying high.

THE Near and Far Auxiliary for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) has donated $50,000 to the RFDS Queensland Sector, allowing the organisation to purchase much needed medical equipment. 

Volunteers from the Near and Far Auxiliary donated $30,000 raised over the year and $20,000 was donated by an anonymous North Queensland family in addition. 

President of the Auxiliary Brenda Aguis said that through many garage sales, stalls, raffles and community events, they were able to make the large donation. 

“We also have donation tins stationed right across the region, in locations such as Charters Towers, Georgetown, Forsayth and Mount Surprise, for example,” she said. 

“Several Auxiliary members make a 700-kilometre round trip annually to collect the donation tins. As our name suggests, we are well supported, near and far.”

RFDS Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib said that thanks to the donations, they will now be able to purchase vaccine rated coolers and mental health resources in these uncertain times.

“I’d like to thank the RFDS Near and Far Volunteer Auxiliary for their extraordinary eff orts to raise vital funds for the Flying Doctor,” she said. 

“The RFDS relies heavily on the generous support of fundraisers and supporters, whose incredible work ensures we can continue delivering a range of healthcare services to regional, rural and remote Queensland. 

“Today’s donation by the RFDS Near and Far Volunteer Auxiliary will help ensure our staff have the necessary equipment and supplies to deliver the fi nest care to the furthest corner of the state.”

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