The Flying Doctor wants you

COMMUNITY MEETING: The Royal Flying Doctor Service is holding a community meeting in Port Pirie. Pictured is the RFDS in action during an interhospital transfer.
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The Royal Flying Doctor Service is calling on the Port Pirie community to get involved and come out and help the locals show their support for the Flying Doctor.

The familiar ’red belly’ of the Flying Doctor Pilatus PC-12 aircraft flies into Port Pirie every day carrying aeromedical evacuations and locals transferring to hospital in Adelaide for a higher level of care or people coming home after major treatment.

Every community they fly into needs the Flying Doctor and they need them! They have their annual Badge Day coming up on Friday,May 20, and are calling for volunteers to help themwith their fundraising around town.

“Port Pirie is an important destination in the RFDS’ network and we know we have great supporters here in town,” RFDS Central Operations Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Adams says.

“The Flying Doctor flew into Port Pirie 413 times during 2014/15 and we’d like to give our local supporters a chance to get more involved in helping us out.”

“If you would like to know more about the RFDS or want to find out how you can get involved, come and join us for a community meeting on Tuesday 12 April at 7pm at Port Football Club,” Mrs Adams says.

“I’ll be there and would love to meet you!” Mrs Adams said the RFDS has 23 Auxiliaries and Support Groups around South Australia who raised funds totalling almost $900,000 last year.

“The funds raised go towards aircraft replacement at a cost of more than $6 million each and fitting out the medical interior as well as major projects like the construction of the new Adelaide Base,” Mrs Adams says.

This year in May, the RFDS will be celebrating its 88th birthday and more than ever this essential aeromedical organisation needs your help.

Every year, the Flying Doctor assists more than 292,000 people – that’s one person every two minutes while every day in SA the RFDS conducts around 15 aeromedical evacuations.

“RFDS aircraft landed 15,348 times at locations around SA and the southern half of the Northern Territory in 2014/15, providing a range of services from emergency evacuations to primary health care,” Mrs Adams says.

The meeting will be at 7pm, Tuesday, April 12,at the Port Football Club. For more information about getting involved contact Debbie Adams on 8238 3314 or [email protected]

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