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Monday, March 4, 2024

$10m donation lands in time for flying doctors’ 95th birthday

A $10 million donation from a generous benefactor will help The Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (RFDS) Queensland wing to continue to deliver vital emergency medical services across the state.

RFDS Queensland Chair, Russell Postle said the donation from Berghofer Foundation chairman, Clive Berghofer (pictured), was a characteristically generous offering from someone with a strong track record of health-related charity donations.

“Clive Berghofer has been an incredible advocate of the RFDS for decades and has strongly supported our role in providing healthcare equity to people living, working and travelling in remote parts of the state,” Mr Postle said.

“We anticipate the funds will contribute towards large infrastructure investment across Brisbane, Mount Isa and Bundaberg as well as support the innovative cabin fit out for our new flagship aircraft, the Beechcraft King Air 360.

“As our founder, the Reverend John Flynn said, ‘if you start something worthwhile, nothing can stop it’ and Clive’s gift will help the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Queensland keep that belief alive as we celebrate our 95th birthday this Wednesday.”

Mr Berghofer says when he was approached by the RFDS to see if he could help provide funding to support projects and services, he didn’t think twice.

“I’ve always believed in the importance of supporting organisations that focus on delivering positive healthcare outcomes and the RFDS is certainly one of those,” Mr Berghofer said.

“I look forward to playing a part in the continued rollout of the new generation of life-saving Beechcraft King Air 360 fleet.

“I wish Russell and the team at RFDS (Queensland Section) all the best in the future and hope my gift helps them to continue to deliver vital services, wherever people may be.”

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