After 21 years of service, Royal Flying Doctor Service Esperance Auxiliary president and vice president Helen and Ian Scott will be stepping down on February 5.
Mr Scott was president for 11 years, also taking on the role of senior vice president for four years and managing the Service’s donation tins for three years.
Having been the Service’s Esperance Auxiliary president for five years and junior vice president for seven years, Mrs Scott said it was time to ‘slow down’ and ‘give someone else a turn’.
“Personally, it has been the most rewarding and exciting episode and I want to say thank you to the people of Esperance for their continued support and generosity and knowing the importance of keeping the Doctor Flying,” she said.
“Thank you to the Auxiliary Members for their diligence, hard work and support and for they too for sharing the passion.
“The future is exciting for the Auxiliary and there is much more progress to be made.”
Although the pair are standing down from their current leadership positions, Mrs Scott said they planned to remain as volunteers on the Auxiliary Committee.
“Our passion for the Royal Flying Doctor Service will always remain,” she said.
“[We] both joined in the Inaugural year 1997 and became involved in the Donation Tin Programme, Fundraising and serving on Fundraising Sub committees.
“The success of our work is that Ian and I have worked as a team and I believe being able to delegate and involve the Auxiliary Members.”
When asked about the highlight of the last 21 years of service, Ms Scott referenced the group reaching the million dollar mark in 2016.
“Well over a million dollars have now been raised by Esperance and forwarded on since the Auxiliary’s inception, with ‘The Fire Wood Cutters’ playing a big part,” she said.
“Each year there has been lots of fun organising fundraising functions both small and large.”
According to the Royal Flying Doctor, more than half of the Esperance Community have been transferred by the service, flying into Esperance more than three times a week on average.
Mrs Scott said there was no doubt the Royal Flying Doctor Service was ‘paramount’ in saving lives.
“It is no secret that Esperance is isolated, even if one hasn’t had to use the Service, the possibility always exists,” she said.
“Apart from the reassurance of this emergency service in our everyday lives, we have the cover of the “Mantle of Safety” anywhere we travel in Australia and especially here in Esperance.”
Donations to the local Flying Doctor can be made via www.esperancerfds.com/