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Generous donations keep RFDS sky high

FLYING HIGH: Ergon’s Geoff McGraw and RFDS’s Haydn Frisby know donations are vital to the Flying Doctor.
FLYING HIGH: Ergon’s Geoff McGraw and RFDS’s Haydn Frisby know donations are vital to the Flying Doctor. Contributed

BUNDABERG Ergon Energy customers' donations to the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) via their power bills, have reached a new $7.5 million high.

Wide Bay North area operations manager Geoff McGraw saw first-hand how the generosity of Ergon's customers during the past 13 years has assisted the RFDS when he visited the Bundaberg base last week.

"Our customers have maintained an extraordinary level of generosity, which results in about $800,000 being raised each year," he said.

Through the scheme, customers can contribute via regular donations through their quarterly bill, or make larger one-off donations if they wish.

RFDS Bundaberg Base acting senior base pilot Haydn Frisby said the donations 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 many Ergon customers were affected by this year's flood crisis - none more so than those in Bundaberg - and some continue to suffer hardship," he said.

"We experienced first-hand 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 like Bundaberg have continued to support the RFDS."

For more details about the scheme, phone 13 10 46 or

visit http://www.ergon.com.au.

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