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18 June, 2021

Support for Flying Doctor Needed

THE Flying Doctor is there to help thousands of regional, rural and remote Queenslanders every year – but now needs your support.

Ebony and Joe Robertson with baby Ollie

 Just two weeks remain for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) to raise vital dollars as part of its current fundraising appeal.

 RFDS (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib has called upon the Cairns 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.”

 Ebony Robertson understands just how vital the Flying Doctor is to remote and rural communities, having received primary health care at the RFDS clinic in Burketown during her first pregnancy.

 The RFDS has also performed two emergency retrievals of Ebony’s son, Ollie, who was born with a heart condition.

 “Without the support of the Flying Doctor in Mount Isa, Ollie’s story may have been very different,” Mrs Robertson said.

 “But as much as we rely on the RFDS, they also rely on us. If anyone is thinking of donating to the RFDS, I would highly encourage it. They saved my son’s life.”

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

 To make a tax deductable donation, visit

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