Flying Doctor Day - Alf Traeger

Submitted: Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 08:59
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Hello Folks,

Yesterday was Flying Doctor Day, missed the news but think there were some celebrations round the nation for this unique organisation.

Today is the 76th anniversary of formation of the RFDS. A lot of people are alive and well today, because of medical assistance in often remote areas.

Next month, on 19th June, is the 75th anniversary of the first HF transmission from Augustus Downs, in the Gulf, to Cloncurry Base, by pedal radio.

Might be a good time to dig a bit deeper, and donate a little more than other years.
The Service is looking to purchase a new Pilatus PC12, and it has a price tag of $6M!!!

Gotta go and find the cheque book,
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 17:13

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 17:13
You are a good bloke Bob for reminding us - especially poignant today as the Flying Doctor had to come in and pick up a patient nd fly him out - that was after the Sister and others went almost to Poepples Corner to pick him up after he flew off his bike and bit a sand dune. Hope he remembers to dig deep as well. A timely reminder - it could be you! (not you Bob, bit it could be you).
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:15

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:15
Ruth,

Good to see you back on deck, hope you are much better?

Sounds like that bloke has already dug deep, he would be in good hands now.

Would be interesting to know the ratio of travellers to residents, that are evacuated yearly, eh.

River is back to <300mm here, and they are crossing it at the Lakes now too. Looks quite green around the station at the moment.

See ya, Ruth,
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Reply By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 17:26

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 17:26
Thanks to you fine folk of the country. Is a terrific organisation the RFDS and you can donate through their website which I will do before getting my fish and chips - nice for a cold winters day in Melbourne.

RFDS website

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:09

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:09
Thanks for the website, Andrew, beats writing a cheque. Did you enjoy the fish & chips/ We had barra & chips last night, courtesy of our visitors. Wasn't too bad either.

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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 21:03

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 21:03
Had a nice bit of grilled flake (shark for those that don't know) and a couple of nice scallops. Barra and chips sounds pretty good. You sound like you get some pretty good visitors - BARRA!!

Cheers

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 18:35

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 18:35
Hi,
good to see that there are other members who support the RFDS.
I usually explain to my tour participants from overseas about the RFDS.
Then along the track we collect, by imposing fines for 'stupid' things they do, for excessive swearing, taking the last can of VB, etc..
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:18

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:18
Mike,

Reckon you'd have a steady stream of fines being imposed?

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Reply By: John H - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:34

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:34
Yes the RDFS is a very good service that we should all dig deep for.
I work out in the Country 2hrs away and is very nice to know that they can be there in less than 30 min from Perth. It's a Matter of life and death
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Reply By: John H - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:34

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:34
Yes the RDFS is a very good service that we should all dig deep for.
I work out in the Country 2hrs away and is very nice to know that they can be there in less than 30 min from Perth. It's a Matter of life and death
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:39

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 20:39
Oh Bob, your canoeing visitors turned up tonight!
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