Menu
News

Tom's soaring donation for the Royal Flying Doctor Service

EXPLORING THE OUTBACK: Checking out Alice Springs are (from left) Mark Westcott, raffle organiser Herbie Rosenberg, passenger Sarah Cox and Toowoomba man Tom McVeigh.
EXPLORING THE OUTBACK: Checking out Alice Springs are (from left) Mark Westcott, raffle organiser Herbie Rosenberg, passenger Sarah Cox and Toowoomba man Tom McVeigh. Contributed

THE Toowoomba man who took to the sky for The Steadfast Outback Air Race was honoured to do his part for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

Tom McVeigh recently found out that his efforts helped the RFDS's largest community fundraising event set a new record of $585,000.

Earlier this year Mr McVeigh and friend Mark Westcott boarded one of 25 small planes on a 5000km fundraising adventure through outback Australia.

The event surpassed its original goal of donating $300,000 to the aero medical service.

"It was my first time doing it; I was invited by a friend who owns a plane," Mr McVeigh said.

"I haven't done a lot of light aircraft flying before but it was a worthwhile cause and enjoyable experience."

The Steadfast Outback Air Race is a GPS-based navigation time trial throughout the Australian outback.

Since 1996 competitors and spectators have raised more than $2.1 million, with funds from each race going towards outfitting RFDS aircrafts with essential medical equipment.

Mr Westcott and Mr McVeigh saw some of Australia's landmarks like Uluru, Alice Springs, the Simpson Desert, Birdsville and Winton.

They flew over the Gulf Country to Karumba, across to Cooktown for the race finale and then travelled down the east coast to Hamilton Island.

Mr McVeigh said flying across the Gulf of Carpentaria was a highlight.

"It's completely different seeing Australia in a light aircraft; you're closer to the ground and get 360 degree views," he said.

"I personally found it very rewarding and the (RFDS) service in particular saves lives so it's a no-brainer to want to give back."

The distance flown by the teams totalled almost 225,000km, which is what the RFDS averages throughout Australia over three days.

Topics:  donation editors picks royal flying doctor service toowoomba


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Littleproud encouraged to run by several MPs

POSSIBLE LEADER: Member fpr Maranoa David Littleproud has reportedly been approached by several MPs encouraging him to contest the leadership of the National Party.

David Littleproud is still weighing up his options

Teen allegedly assaults three Roma police officers

A teenage girl has been charged after allegedly assaulting a woman before turning on Roma police officers.

A teenage girl has been charged after allegedly assaulting a woman.

Teenager charged with assaulting three police officers

A teenage girl will appear in court on Monday charged with assaulting police officers.

TEENAGER charged with assaulting three police officers.

Local Partners