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16 March, 2021

Nominate an RFDS Local Hero in Cairns!

Do you know a community member from the Cairns region who in some way supported the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) last year? If so, the RFDS wants to hear from you.


RFDS 2020 Cairns local hero James Telford, a helicopter pilot who rescued a car crash survivor.

The Flying Doctor today launched the 2021 RFDS Local Hero Awards, providing an opportunity to recognise selfless members of the community who have gone above and beyond to help others. 

RFDS (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib invited Queenslanders to nominate unsung heroes who had helped the Service.

“Nominees may be a volunteer or fundraiser, a first responder who assisted in an emergency until the RFDS could arrive, or a healthcare advocate who promotes better health outcomes for people in their community,” she said. 

“These people are often the lifeblood of their communities and we want to learn more about them.

“Our 2021 Queensland Hero will receive a $7,500 grant, courtesy of Ergon Energy Retail, to promote a healthcare initiative in their community.”

In launching the awards, Ms Staib said the RFDS relished the opportunity to show appreciation for the generosity of volunteers

“Award recipients can be nominated from each of the nine RFDS Queensland Base regions – Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Charleville, Longreach, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Roma and Townsville,” she said.


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