Sept 1 & 2

Flying Doctor welcomes partnership with Birdsville Race Club

13-Aug-2014

The Birdsville Race Club and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) are delighted to announce the Flying Doctor as the official charity partner of the iconic Birdsville Races.

RFDS (Queensland Section) CEO Mr Nino Di Marco said the Birdsville Races were a quintessential Australian outback experience that should be on everyone's bucket list and that event has raised more than $150,000 towards aeromedical aircraft and medical equipment for the Service, over many years. This year’s fundraising target is $40,000.

“The RFDS greatly appreciates the generous support of racegoers and the local Birdsville community, and is proud to be both a beneficiary and provider of onsite medical clinic coverage and aeromedical support, as needed, during the carnival,” Mr Di Marco said.

Gary Brook, Vice President of the Birdsville Race Club said the Flying Doctor has provided vital aeromedical and primary health care services to regional Queensland communities for over 86 years and has a long association with the Birdsville Races, held annually since 1882.

“Each year the local community throws its support behind the Flying Doctor, by organising a variety of activities and this year’s carnival, being held in the first week in September, is no exception,” said Mr Brook.

“Racegoers are encouraged to join in and support these activities, to help keep the Flying Doctor flying, including visiting the popular Food Stall, operated by Rotary volunteers from all over Queensland and by making a gold coin donation when using the Kangaroo Bus Lines shuttle service,” he said.

Flying Doctor Fundraising events at the 2014 Birdsville Races include:

Wednesday 3 September
• The inaugural RFDS Birdsville Races Fun Run ($20 entry fee donation)

Thursday 4 September
• Equine Fun Day at the Birdsville Hotel
• Birdsville Races Cocktail Party

Saturday 6 September
• Landmark Charity Auction