Esperance RFDS receives generous support from Rotary Club

Local support: Rotary Club of Esperance president Rob Gurney and Esperance RFDS Auxiliary president Robert Horan. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Local support: Rotary Club of Esperance president Rob Gurney and Esperance RFDS Auxiliary president Robert Horan. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The Rotary Club of Esperance presented a cheque of $3980 to the Esperance Royal Flying Doctor Service Auxiliary today, February 11.

Club president Rob Gurney said the funds were raised by a number of Rotarians last year who volunteered at the gates of the Rawlinna Muster.

Mr Gurney said the service, which lands five to six per a week in Esperance, was crucial for the community. 

“It’s extremely important for people who need emergency care, whether it’s a car accident, a fishing accident or a birth,” he said.

“From a personal experience with my father, he had an aneurysm and off he went, had a triple bypass in Perth and lived to 97.

“For medical emergencies you can’t beat the plane.”

Auxiliary president Robert Horan thanked the club for their generosity. 

“There are so many people using the RFDS, It’s not just an old people’s taxi,” Mr Horan said.

“I had a lady come down who had three kids, she said ‘these are my Royal Flying Doctor babies. Everyone  had to go off on the RFDS when they were born’.

“The donation is more than welcome.”

The Esperance branch was the biggest contributor to the WA RFDS head office in Jandakot last financial year, with a total haul of $135,000.

“I can't get over the generosity of the Esperance people,” Mr Horan said.

“People like the Rotary Club are always forthcoming and it’s very much appreciated.”

Mr Horan said about $24,000 of the $135,000 total came from collection tins, about $51,000 was raised by the Woodcutters and the rest was sourced from donations and raffles.

“For a small town, compared to say Kalgoorlie or other bigger regional areas, we raise a fair amount of money,” he said.

“It’s hard work, sweat of the brow sort of stuff. We put a big effort in this year.”