Local schools yesterday raised much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Local schools yesterday raised much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Contributed

Schools support Flying Doctor Day

IT was a massive game of doctors and nurses at local primary schools yesterday, all in the name of a good cause.

Students at Coffs Harbour Bible Church School in Toormina, and Raleigh Public School dressed up as doctors, nurses, dentists and patients as part of Flying Doctor Day.

Celebrating the 82nd anniversary of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), the youngsters learnt all about the service to raise awareness about issues affecting people in the vast Australian outback.

“The Flying Doctor is an Australian icon, as Aussie as meat pies, kangaroos and Uluru, and ours is a great story of the success of one person’s dream to help others,” Flying Doctor Day co-ordinator Rachel Fyfe said.

“The RFDS began as an idea by the Reverend John Flynn, who wanted to deliver health care services to rural and remote communities ... its a little known fact that Rev Flynn’s achievement is considered so important that both he and the first RFDS aircraft are featured on the $20 note.”

She said today the RFDS continues Rev Flynn’s dream of providing free emergency aero medical and essential health care services to people who live, work and travel in outback Australia.

“We rely on donations from the community to help keep us flying,” she said.

All funds raised by the schools will be used to purchase vital medical equipment and new aircraft so the RFDS can continue its work.

The schools also have the chance to win a Fujifilm FinePix camera.



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