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Whyalla RFDS Support Group Raise $50,000 For SA/NT Operations

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Whyalla's RFDS Support Group has successfully raised $50,000 this year to assist the Royal Flying Doctors Service SA and NT Operations.

The funds raised broke last year's record of $45,500, and brought the total amount raised over the last 14 years to almost $450,000.

The Royal Flying Doctors rely on auxiliary groups, such as Whyalla's support group, to maintain and outfit their planes.

Group President, Frank Curtis, says the money was made through weekend barbecues at Woolworths, hardware stores and other business outlets.

In the 2020-21 financial year, Whyalla recorded 632 RFDS landings at the local airport, making it one of the busiest SA country airports.

Each medically-equipped Pilatus PC-12 costs more than $7 million and the Pilatus Medi-Jet 24 is worth $13 million.

From bases at Port Augusta, Alice Springs, Darwin and Adelaide, plus the service's health teams in Marree, Andamooka and Marla, the Central Operations manages on average, to help one patient every 20 minutes.

Photo: By Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia