High- fly­ing ef­fort boosted

Townsville Bulletin - - In Brief - Nathan Paull

TAR­GET MAR­KET: RFDS se­nior pilot Bruce Waller and Er­gon cus­tomer con­nec­tions man­ager Graham Lynes E R G O N E n e r g y ’ s c u s - t omers have gi ven t he Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice power to keep their planes up in the air, do­nati n g $ 5 mi l l i o n t h r o u g h their elec­tric­ity bills.

E r g o n E n e r g y C h i e f Ex­ec­u­tive Ian McLeod said news of the $ 5 mil­lion dol­lar break­through was truly hum­bling in the wake of the flood and cy­clone mis­ery which had gripped the state since Christ­mas.

‘ ‘ Given that we know many cus­tomers have been do­ing it tough, this is a re­mark­able demon­stra­tion of com­mu­nity spirit to­wards a wor­thy cause," Mr McLeod said. Through the scheme, cus­tomers were able to con­trib­ute via reg­u­lar do­na­tions of $ 2 and $ 5 from their elec­tric­ity bills, or make larger one-off do­na­tions. Since it kicked off in 2000, more than 94,000 cus­tomers have cho­sen to do so.

‘‘ Sup­port for the scheme is also in­creas­ing, with the amount raised dou­bling, to $ 5 mil­lion, in the past two and a half years," Mr McLeod said. ‘‘ Our staff have also played a role via their pay­roll de­duc­tions, with over $ 10,000 do­nated in the last fi­nan­cial year alone.

‘‘ We’re all very proud to con­tinue to sup­port the great work of the RFDS."

De­tails: phone 13 10 46 or visit www. er­gon. com. au.

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