Do­na­tion to help ser­vice to con­tinue

Great Southern Herald - - News - Michael Traill

The Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice is $10,000 bet­ter off after Bren­den Hall, man­ager of Wa­gin’s Bankwest branch, do­nated the sum to the life-sav­ing ser­vice.

Mr Hall was of­fi­cially named as the 2018 Bankwest Vol­un­teer of the Year last Wed­nes­day, in recog­ni­tion for his long-stand­ing sup­port of the town.

Mr Hall said he chose to do­nate to the ser­vice be­cause it was close to his heart.

“My mum had an ec­topic preg­nancy be­fore I was born so if they weren’t around, I wouldn’t be here,” he said.

“Then dad had a se­ri­ous heart at­tack and they saved his life as well. They’ve also made a cou­ple of other trips out for other mem­bers of my fam­ily.”

Mr Hall was be­stowed the award for his con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity of Wa­gin.

A fire and emer­gency ser­vices vol­un­teer for more than 10 years, he’s an of­fice bearer for the Wa­gin Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade and vol­un­teers at sport­ing clubs, in­clud­ing cricket, bas­ket­ball, hockey and darts.

“And re­ally, I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said.

“Sports and vol­un­teer­ing are how we keep our lit­tle towns run­ning, I've done it for so long that I'd be lost with­out it.”

RFDS West­ern Oper­a­tions chief ex­ec­u­tive Re­becca Tomp­kin­son thanked Mr Hall for the con­tri­bu­tion.

“On be­half of our teams and pa­tients across the State, thank you so much for choos­ing the RFDS for your gen­er­ous do­na­tion,” she said.

“We know first-hand the im­pact in­di­vid­u­als like Bren­den have in cre­at­ing change and out­comes in our com­mu­ni­ties and the value of Bren­den’s ef­fort and com­mit­ment to vol­un­teer­ing can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“Bren­den’s do­na­tion will go to­wards sup­port­ing our de­liv­ery of es­sen­tial health ser­vices at re­mote and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties across the State, the main­te­nance and op­er­a­tional costs of our cur­rent fleet and in the pur­chas­ing of a wide range of the lat­est med­i­cal equip­ment.”

Pic­ture: Rus­sell Yeo

Bren­den presents the cheque to Re­becca Tomp­kin­son.

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