Cash for flying heroes

GIVING BACK: Timna Wright from RFDS, Jemena's top dog Paul Adams and Lifeflight's Brian Guthrie with the two $12,500 cheques.
GIVING BACK: Timna Wright from RFDS, Jemena's top dog Paul Adams and Lifeflight's Brian Guthrie with the two $12,500 cheques.

The charities who bring emergency medical treatment to seriously ill people across the north west have scored a funding boost. 

Lifeflight and the Royal Flying Doctors Service were each presented with a $12,500 cheque by Jemena on Thursday afternoon. 

Jemena is the energy company responsible for building the Northern Gas Pipeline between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa. 

Jemena managing director Paul Adams was given the royal treatment when he visited the RFDS hanger this week. 

He was shown how doctors and nurses give lifesaving care from the confines of airplanes and helicopters. 

“We are building the pipeline and so we are going to be here for a very long time,” Mr Adams said. 

“We want to make sure we are giving back to the community.

“Our people up here recognised the incredible work these two organisations do for the community, so we wanted to give them something meaningful,” he said.  

Lifeflight chief operations officer Brian Guthrie said the money would be put to good use. 

“We are going to put it straight into our day to day operations," Mr Guthrie said.

“As a charity organisation, we are very much reliant on commercial philanthropy, it is our biggest source of funding,” he said. 

“The funding commitment from Jemena is really fantastic,” he said. 

The most common types of incident in the north west are animal bites and attacks, road accidents and cardiac conditions.

The most common types of incident in the north west are animal bites and attacks, road accidents and cardiac conditions.

RFDS Mount Isa base operations manager Timna Wright agreed that the generosity of private industry was essential to continuing services. 

“We rely so heavily upon donors and this money means a tremendous amount,” she said.

The Flying Doctor team in Mount Isa help more than 6300 patients each year through a combination of aeromedical and primary health care services.

They average four retrievals per day in the north west region alone. 

Jemena managing director Paul Adams was given the royal treatment when he visited the RFDS hanger this week.

Jemena managing director Paul Adams was given the royal treatment when he visited the RFDS hanger this week.

LifeFlight another one of Australia’s largest aeromedical charities providing rapid response medical care to thousands of people each year.

The most common types of incident in the north west are animal bites and attacks, road accidents and cardiac conditions.