The Royal Flying Doctor Service has secured a major sponsorship deal with leading agribusiness company Elders as part of an ongoing capital-raising program to upgrade its aircraft in South Australia and the Northern Territory.


As part of the arrangement, RFDS Central Operations will receive $300,000 over three years from Elders to upgrade its fleet, which is used by doctors and flight nurses to provide vital medical services to remote and rural communities.

In recognition of the donation, the service has added the Elders logo to one of its turboprop planes, with the registration code VH-FXW, which originally went into service in October 2016.

The sponsorship strengthens a longstanding nationwide major partnership between the RFDS and Elders, which supports the organisation through its Elders Give It employee contribution program.

In a statement, RFDS Central Operations Deputy CEO Tony Vaughan said the benefits of the donation will reach far and wide – delivering a lasting benefit to the community.

“The RFDS conducts over 100 aeromedical flights across Australia every day – but it relies on the support from the community to keep its crews in the sky,” he said.

“Our association with Elders staff and branches supporting bush fundraisers stretches back decades, and it’s terrific to have the company also supporting our work in this tangible manner.”

Along with having made donations to a number of RFDS branches under the program, the Elders Give It program also supports a range of rural-focused initiatives at beyondblue and Landcare Australia.

“It is only natural that a company such as Elders – whose roots are firmly entrenched in the rural landscape – supports an organisation such as the RFDS which provides emergency medical and primary health care services to those who live, work or travel in rural and remote Australia,” Elders CEO Mark Allison said.

RFDS Central Operations’ fleet of aircraft is used to deliver emergency, primary and preventive healthcare services across more than 2.3 million square kilometres spanning SA and the NT, as well as in other parts of Australia as required.


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