Cheers to 90 years of RFDS

The Royal Flying Doctor Service are celebrating their 90 years this year, and as apart of a regional tour, they made a stop in Jamestown to celebrate. 

Jamestown averages 70 flights a year, with the plane taking off at least one a week, but it is also a regular visitor to Peterborough, Orroroo and Booleroo Centre. 

On Thursday May 3, approximately 60 people gathered at the Sir Hubert Wilkins Aerdrome centre, where officials were supposed to fly in, yet due to unforeseen weather conditions, the plane had to land in Port Pirie. 

There was an afternoon tea provided for all guests, catered by the St James Catholic School and also speeches from the RFDS chairman, Loretta Reynolds and general manager of marketing and PR Charlie Paterson. 

The day was well received by all, and was a strong reminder to community members how vital this service is and why it should be continuously supported.

Liz Kelly, the secretary of the Jamestown and District RFDS support group said their group is able to easily fundraise due to the generous communities in which the RFDS service. 

“Everyone is very enthusiastic and supportive of the RFDS because they realise that all of the people here are transferred out by them. Most people are aware of it and are very generous, give money and attend functions.”

As a part of the tour, the regional tour also visited Port Lincoln, Kadina, Naracoorte, Renmark and Whyalla over three days. 

It was very positive. Last year we gave them a cheque for $35,000. For fundraising we have a ball every two years, do a meal drop, waitress, work on bars and also sell memberships.

Liz Kelly

Each month the Jamestown Journal highlights the service of the RFDS and a story is published by someone who has recently used the service. 

“It is amazing, it is quite incredible and if you get on their website and read the history of it, it is quite amazing how it all started by this one fellow and his vision was quite amazing”, Liz Kelly said. 

On the day, three women from Clare were also recognised for their volunteer services to the Clare RFDS support group.