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Support from community needed for RFDS

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SUPPORT: Royal Flying DBundaberg pilot Haydn Frisby was part of the team who flew 1756 patients last year.

Bundaberg Region residents are being asked to dig deep and support the Royal Flying Doctor Service in order for it to maintain operations throughout the state.

There is less than two weeks remaining for the Queensland Section of the RFDS to raise vital dollars as part of its current fundraising appeal.

Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib has called upon the local community to help reach their goal before June 30.

“So far, we’ve raised $446,229 which is a great result and I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone who has already donated to the appeal,” she said.

“But we are aiming for $806,450 in total, so still have a bit of work to do. If you are able to support the work of the Flying Doctor by donating, we’d very much appreciate your help.”

The RFDS has a large presence in Bundaberg, with the organisations new base constructed at the Bundaberg Airport last year.

In the region alone, the RFDS Bundaberg crew flew 1756 patients between January 1 and December 1 2020.

The top reasons for transfer of Bundaberg patients were medical conditions related to the heart, kidney stones and broken legs.

Funds raised during the RFDS appeal will support the build of a new RFDS base in Mount Isa, the next step in a state-wide infrastructure plan to better service regional, rural and remote Queensland.

To make a tax deductable donation visit the website here.