Tatiara volunteers raise $55,000 for Flying Doctor

DONATION: RFDS Volunteer Fundraising Specialist Lindy Allchurch (centre) accepts the Tatiara Support Group donation of $55,000 with Keith leader Winsome Hunt (left) and Tatiara RFDS Support Group president Grid Hubl.
DONATION: RFDS Volunteer Fundraising Specialist Lindy Allchurch (centre) accepts the Tatiara Support Group donation of $55,000 with Keith leader Winsome Hunt (left) and Tatiara RFDS Support Group president Grid Hubl.

A dedicated group of local volunteers has raised $55,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The group have organised a number of fundraisers over the past year, with the support of the Tatiara community.

Tatiara RFDS Support Group president Grid Hubl said RFDS plays a massive role for people in the Tatiara district, with patients being airlifted from Bordertown on a weekly basis.

"At least once a week the RFDS lands in Bordertown to airlift patients to Adelaide for life-saving surgery or specialist medical treatment," Mrs Hubl said.

Mrs Hubl presented a $55,000 donation to volunteer coordinator of RFDS central operations Lindy Allchurch, at the group's handover lunch on Sunday, August 11.

Ms Allchurch thanked the group's contribution to the RFDS, with this being the 18th year since the locals began fundraising.

"This year's donation takes the group's total contribution to the Flying Doctor to more than $650,000 since it began fundraising in 2001, which is a remarkable achievement," Ms Allchurch said.

Since last year's donation the RFDS has introduced to operational service the RFDS Medi-Jet 24 South Australia's first purpose-built aero-medical jet.

The $13 million aircraft was funded solely by bequests, sponsorships and donations from hardworking community members.

"We feel very humbled to have played our part with others in raising the funds for the RFDS to purchase this machine," Mrs Hubl said.

The RFDS Medi-Jet 24 will have the ability to "slash" total mission times of long-haul patient evacuations from the outback or interstate to specialist medical care.

The work that countless small volunteer groups undertake doesn't go unnoticed, with Ms Allchurch mentioning the Tatiara community should be proud of their contribution to the RFDS.

"On behalf of everyone at RFDS, and the thousands of South Australians we airlift every year, we offer our heartfelt thanks for your hard work and service to your local community," Ms Allchurch said.

Enquiries to get involved with Tatiara RFDS Support Group are always welcome. Contact Tatiara RFDS Support Group president Grid Hubl, on 0490 830 893.