Wings for Life takes flight
Gala ball celebrating 90 years puts the fun into fundraising
THE Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) central operations recently celebrated 90 years in style with its annual Wings for Life Ball.
The event is a vital fundraiser for the important outback service, and proved a resounding success according to RFDS central operations CEO John Lynch.
“The Wings for Life Birthday Ball was an incredible celebration of 90 years of saving lives, with 950 guests raising a record $280,000 (net) – a remarkable result,” Mr Lynch said.
“These vital funds will directly benefit the RFDS’ capital-raising program for the replacement of its flying intensive care units so that they can continue to perform 100 flights across Australia every day.”
The event included online and live auctions, with the item fetching the highest bid on the night being an RFDS Pilatus PC-12 (aircraft) 90th anniversary special edition propeller blade, raising $11,800 for the organisation.
Other items up for auction included travel adventures to far flung quarters of the world such as Hong Kong and Antarctica, along with fine jewellery and leisure items.
The birthday celebrations continue, with the RFDS Queensland section to run its Wings for Life black tie event – A Night Under the Stars Gala – on July 28 at The Royal International Convention Centre, RNA Showgrounds, to feature a swag of Australian artists such as Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel, and INXS.
For tickets to the Queensland event, call the RFDS on (07) 3852 7519, or visit rfdsgala.eventbrite.com. au.
WINGS FOR LIFE: Long-serving RFDS central operations CEO John Lynch (centre) celebrated the 90th birthday of the RFDS with his family (from left) Daniel, Jessica, Anita, Bridgette and Jake Lynch.
RFDS staff members George Antoniou (left) and Richard Tanner volunteered to help make the night a hit.
Neil and Sue Dunn of Dunns Earthmoving offered the highest bid of the evening’s fundraising auction events, and are now the proud owners of an RFDS Pilatus PC-12 (aircraft) 90th anniversary special edition propeller blade.
Fred and Sarah Howard of DogRidge Winery soak up the atmosphere at the RFDS 90th anniversary Wings for Life Ball.
Representing Elders – a major sponsor of the RFDS Wings for Life Ball – were Wally and Kate Bell.
CEO executive assistant Jodie Powell catches up with former general manager business development Ollie Kratounis, who spent 18 years with the RFDS.
Abbey Baker and Georgie Jameson at the RFDS central operations Wings for Life Ball.
RFDS central operations deputy CEO Tony Vaughan and his wife Trudy.
Enjoying the RFDS Wings for Life Ball were (from left) Jono and Kirby Crawford, and Kate and Charlie Paterson.