Since its incarnation in 1928, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has provided 24-hour emergency medical services to those who live, work and travel throughout the more rural areas of Australia. While most of us can rest assured that we will have access to a hospital should we fall ill or get injured, this is not the case for many Australians.
For Pat and Judith the RFDS literally saved their lives. Making the journey to Perth on New Year’s Day in 2010, Judith lost control of the car near the SA-WA border on the Eyre Highway. The car rolled six times leaving Judith with a broken neck, fractured ankle and a head laceration requiring 50 stitches. The nearest hospital was more than 1200 kilometres away by road.
After a three-hour flight from Adelaide, Pilot Matthew Cosier landed his ‘Flying Doctor’ intensive care unit on the Emergency Roadstrip. Pat attributes his travel partner’s survival solely to the RDFS: “she’s lucky to be alive and that’s only thanks to the RFDS.”
This is nly one example of the RFDS’ crucial work. Annually they provide care to 290,000 Australians – that’s one person every two minutes.
If you’re looking to do a good deed to get the New Year off to a fling start, then a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service is a selfless act which will be much appreciated. Just like Pat and Judith you’ll never know when you need its assistance.
Just a small amount makes a difference, so if you can, donate here.