More than 19,000 Ergon customers in Wide Bay help RFDS
CUSTOMER donations to the Royal Flying Doctor Service by regional Queenslanders' contributions through their power bills have reached a $7 million high.
Almost 19,500 Wide Bay customers of Ergon Energy have made a pledge to the RFDS.
Ergon Energy Chief Executive Ian McLeod congratulated donors for their inspirational demonstration of community spirit towards a vital and worthy cause during the past 13 years.
"Our customers have maintained an extraordinary level of generosity which results in about $800,000 raised each year," he said.
"Ergon is committed to its community partnership with the RFDS by providing the means for customers to show their support which is vital to keeping the Flying Doctor flying."
Through the scheme customers can contribute via regular donations through their quarterly bill, or make larger one-off donations.
Since it launched in 2000, more than 100,000 customers have chosen to do so.
"Ergon employees have also played a fantastic role in the fundraising effort via their payroll deductions," Mr McLeod said.
"We're all very proud to continue to support the great work of the RFDS,"
RFDS Queensland section chief executive Nino Di Marco said donations raised through the Ergon Energy scheme were vital to the Flying Doctor being able to continue to deliver high-quality and accessible health services throughout rural and remote Queensland.
"We know that many Ergon customers were affected by this year's flood crisis along the east coast and continue to suffer hardship," he said.
"We experienced firsthand the effect of these floods as we helped evacuate patients out of harm's way, and were on hand to provide medical support when needed.
"It really is very heart warming that people in these hard-hit areas, together with those living across the vast expanses of our state, have continued to support the RFDS through this scheme.
"Reaching this $7 million milestone is an enormous achievement, helping us to purchase and maintain our fleet of life-saving aircraft and vital medical equipment.
"On behalf of the 77,000 patients the RFDS is able to help each year in Queensland, thank you Ergon Energy and your customers for your generosity."
For more information about Ergon Energy's voluntary donation scheme, phone 131 046 or visit ergon.com.au
Number of customers making a pledge to the RFDS
- Far north Queensland 18,003
- North Queensland 21,365
- Central Queensland 20,114
- Mackay 11,496
- Wide Bay 19,492
- South-west Queensland 18,746
- Total 109,216