Royal Flying Doctor Service staff met with the participants of Nora’s Ride for a presentation last Sunday.
Nora’s ride took place back in June, and the crew rode an incredible 850km over nine days from Charleville to Birdsville, arriving just in time for the Big Red Bash.
Back in June when we spoke to the riders, they were thrilled with the $14,600 dollars they had raised so far, exceeding their goal of $10,000. However, the presentation on Sunday proved Nora’s bike riders hadn’t quite stopped their hard work.
The RFDS Charleville Base was chosen as the rides charity of choice, and on Sunday over $18,000 was donated – an impressive fete for a small group.
Carmel Gallegos, who was a part of the team who rode to Birdsville, says it was important for the group to choose a local cause.
“We’re keeping the money within the town and we’re supporting our own locals,”
“It was a great effort by everyone who went out there, supporters, singers, riders, and it’s going to a great cause. And Nora herself would be extremely proud of it,” she says.
The crowd that gathered on Sunday cut a cake, and celebrated the enormous efforts conducted by the riders.
Senior Base Pilot in Charleville, Roger Rudduck, says the money raised will go along way to updating much needed equipment.
“The money will most likely be used to buy medical equipment. Most of the equipment we carry onboard the aircraft has a life of 5 – 6 years,”
“Being in a fairly harsh environment that we are, most of the equipment has to be replaced at some stage – and most of the medical equipment can cost anywhere between ten and thirty thousand dollars,” he says.
Local businesses and charity events continue to support the RFDS, and Mr Rudduck says the donations and support is greatly appreciated.
“Most of the small communities that raise money for us, are raising money because we are such a presence in the area where they live, and almost everybody that you come across in a community somewhere has had an experience with the RFDS – or knows someone who has had to use the service,”
“We are the only medical service in a very large area, and our boundaries cover right out as far as Birdsville and right up through to Longreach. There is a lot of very remote areas out there, I’m talking 7, 8, 9 hours to drive to the nearest hospital,” says Mr Rudduck.
A big congratulations must go to the Nora’s ride team for their tremendous effort.