The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs has once again shown its dedication to the Bundaberg Region by donating $5,130 to RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.
This generous contribution fulfils the Bulldogs' promise to donate $1 for each ticket sold during its Round 22 regional home match on July 30, 2023, held at Bundaberg’s Salter Oval.
The game attracted over 5,000 attendees and resulted in a thrilling 23-22 victory over the Dolphins.
As the first NRL club to host an NRL game for premiership points in the Bundaberg Region with the support of Bundaberg Regional Council and Tourism and Events Queensland, the Bulldogs were delighted to be able to give back to the local community.
The donation from the Bulldogs marks the second consecutive year of support for RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, which plays a pivotal role in providing critical emergency medical services and equipment for the Bundaberg region and its surrounding areas.
In January, the Bulldogs unveiled $8,500 worth of training and emergency medical equipment, which was procured through their initial donation to RACQ LifeFlight Rescue following the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership match – the first official NRL match to be taken to the Bundaberg region.
Bulldogs Director and Bundaberg local Andrew Gifford said he was proud of the partnership with RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and looked forward to continuing it.
“This organisation plays an essential role in ensuring the safety and well-being of our neighbours and loved ones,” he said.
“The Bulldogs pride ourselves on being the family club, and this is one small way we can help our extended family and Bulldogs community when and where they need it most.”
RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's essential aeromedical services swiftly deploy specialised medical teams to emergency scenes in remote and regional areas, providing timely and expert care to individuals facing life-threatening situations.
Through these efforts, the organisation is able to make a profound impact on the lives of those in need, providing comfort and reassurance to both patients and their families.
Bulldogs donate to good cause
LifeFlight Wide Bay-Burnett Region Honorary Ambassador Dale Rethamel said the organisation was “deeply appreciative” of the support from the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
“Their dedication to supporting our efforts to deliver immediate, life-saving care to patients in Queensland is truly commendable and makes a tangible difference in the communities we serve,” he said.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Bulldogs continued collaboration with RACQ LifeFlight showed the kind of support that came from the club’s commitment to the Bundaberg Region.
“This is two fantastic organisations kicking goals on the ground and in the air and you can't get a better outcome than that,” he said.
“Bundaberg regional community has a lot of spirit and the spirit of its community organisations is mirrored also in the Canterbury Bulldogs.
“The announcement today of the commitment for the game for next year certainly is an outstanding effort by everybody involved from the state to local government, the many organisations.
“A big thank you to LifeFlight and the Canterbury Bulldogs for the great work that they do.”
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith MP said the Queensland Government was excited to be one of the partners bringing the Bulldogs to Bundaberg.
“Not only does it mean that we get an outstanding NRL event, not only does it mean that we get tourism, but what it means is that we have activation of community and that's exactly what we see here between this partnership of the Bulldogs and LifeFlight,” he said.
“They are all about making sure that families have a good experience at their games and LifeFlight is about making sure that we keep families in our region safe.
“What a perfect synergy for the family club and LifeFlight who keep our family safe, to join up together and make sure that they are able to resource the very materials and the tools that our crew needs to keep people safe.”
Whilst visiting the base to mark the contribution and thank the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew for the commendable work that they do, Andrew Gifford reaffirmed the club’s intention to return to the area in 2024 for a third consecutive year and continue the meaningful partnership with the base.
The 2024 NRL draw is expected to be announced later this year, in November.