The Australasian Safari, the country's ultimate off-road adventure, has named the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) as its official charity for 2008. This is the second year running that the Safari has chosen the RFDS, which is currently ...
The Australasian Safari, the country's ultimate off-road adventure, has named the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) as its official charity for 2008.
This is the second year running that the Safari has chosen the RFDS, which is currently celebrating 80 years of service in outback Australia.
The Safari, which will be based in Western Australia, starts on in Kalgoorlie on August 23 and finishes in Perth on August 30 after an epic 4300 kilometre journey.
The event will travel through many remote communities in outback Western Australia, such as Sandstone, Meekatharra, Mt Magnet and Geraldton.
In announcing the selection of the RFDS as the event's official charity, Event Director, Justin Hunt, said the fit between the organisation and the Australian Safari was a natural.
"Safari competitors have always really backed the need to raise money for a particular cause and I'm sure everyone will once again see the RFDS as a really relevant organisation to support".
"The event is glad to be working with an iconic Australian organisation which supports the outback community".
"We will be auctioning items at our presentation ceremony in Perth to help raise funds, and undertaking a number of promotional activities along the way to raise the awareness of the need for a well-funded Royal Australian Flying Doctor Service in this state," he added.
The Royal Flying Doctors fly around 5.5 million kilometres in Western Australia each year and help more than 55,000 people in remote towns and settlements.
The RFDS has doctors, nurses, pilots, aircraft engineers and operational co-ordinators who operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, providing unique 'care in the air' to everyone living, working and traveling in Western Australia.
Fiona Davey, from the RFDS, is delighted that the Australian Safari has chosen to support the organisation, and is looking forward to the toughest event on the Australian motorsport calendar.
"We wish the competitors a fun and safe journey as they drive their way through our colourful Western Australian backdrop," she said.
For more information on the Royal Flying Doctor Service, visit their website at: www.flyingdoctor.net