Bundaberg Regional Council has donated $50,000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) which will help keep the vital service in the air.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the funding was delivered as part of ongoing, annual support to local organisations which played an essential role in the region.
“Our wonderful RFDS Bundaberg team deliver emergency, lifesaving medical care to seriously ill and injured people within our region,” he said.
“Their service brings peace of mind to the community, knowing loved ones can be responded to quickly and efficiently.
“This donation is our way of saying thank you while supporting an organisation that does so much.”
Mayor Dempsey said Council had always been a proud supporter of the RFDS.
“In 2020 we were pleased to contribute funding to the new RFDS Bundaberg medical base situated on Airport Drive,” he said.
“We have also continued to support the organisation, along with RACQ Bundaberg Life Flight, through a number significant donations over the years.”
Royal Flying Doctor Service Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib welcomed the funding announcement.
“In the past year, our Bundaberg crews transported 1,841 patients and flew hundreds of thousands of kilometres,” Ms Staib said.
“With funds going towards aeromedical retrievals and critical infrastructure, donations such as this are vital to keep the Flying Doctor in the air and providing life-saving care to regional, rural and remote communities – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We are incredibly thankful for this generous donation from Bundaberg Regional Council and for the continued support we receive from the whole community.”
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