We are proud to continue our partnership with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), with a three-year extension of our major sponsorship. Elders will make another $300,000 contribution direct to the RFDS capital-raising program for the perennial upgrade of its fleet of flying intensive care units.
“Everyone at Elders is enormously proud to be continuing our support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in delivering its world-class medical care to rural and regional Australians,” said Bernard Seal, Elders State General Manager SA.
“Elders Real Estate do more than simply operate offices in regional centres; we are also committed to support the health, wellbeing and prosperity of everyone who lives and works in the community” confirms Tom Russo, General Manager Real Estate.
In recognition of its tangible support, the medically-equipped RFDS aircraft VH-FXW, or ‘Whiskey’ as it is known, will continue to airlift two patients a day throughout South Australia bearing the Elders brand on its fuselage. Over the past year alone, ‘Whiskey’ has flown over 470,000 kilometres and airlifted almost 1,000 patients from 55 different regional and remote communities to specialist medical treatment. The aircraft was also instrumental in the RFDS’ national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guided by its crews, Whiskey alone has undertaken more than 60 COVID-19 related patient transfers since March last year.
Charlie Paterson, RFDS Executive General Manager Marketing & Stakeholder Relations, said the impact of our tangible support would reach far and wide, delivering long-lasting benefits to the community. “Support from all corners of the community – our donors, fundraisers, corporate sponsors and volunteers – is critical to us meeting our financial challenges, so we’re delighted to have Elders continue its partnership with the Flying Doctor and the communities we both serve.”
The RFDS relies on the support of major partners like Elders and the generosity of the local community to bridge the gap in operational funding and vital medical equipment. To make a donation today, please visit https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/sant/support-us/donate-form/