In 2018, Airnorth Cable Beach Polo has selected the Royal Flying Doctor Service as a Charity Partner to benefit from donations raised from this exclusive international event held on the pristine sands of Cable Beach in Broome.
Airnorth Cable Beach Polo recognises the critical lifesaving work the Flying Doctor provides to remote and regional Western Australia, and to those people who live, work and travel throughout this vast state.
The RFDS is both delighted and thankful to be Airnorth Cable Beach Polo’s Charity Partner and and welcomes the opportunity of sharing the RFDS story with those elite competitors and spectators from all around the world.
2018 also marks the 90th anniversary for RFDS supporting the growth and development of communities in remote and regional Australia through the provision of critical primary health care. The vital funds received from this world-class event will contribute towards RFDS’ life-saving operations across Western Australia and will continue to keep the Flying Doctor in the air.
The RFDS relies on the generosity of community events and organisations such as Airnorth Cable Beach Polo in the purchase and aeromedical fit-out of aircraft, development of infrastructure, delivery of clinics, operational costs and much more.
RFDS takes possession of two new Pilatus PC-24 Jet Aircraft in late 2018 which will enhance its ability to service the increasing demand within the Kimberley region. The Rio Tinto PC-24 LifeFlight Jet Fleet will ensure improved response capability for emergency aero medical evacuations, reduced flight times from Broome to Perth (from 5.5hrs to 2.5hrs), enhanced capacity to transport up to three stretchered patients and greater accessibility throughout WA.
The demand for services is constantly growing with the RFDS receiving close to 40,000 calls for help in Western Australia alone each year, the retrieval of 9,000 patients and the telehealth service delivered to many more throughout our vast 2.5 million square kilometre. On average the RFDS medical teams provide ICU level care in flight to 24 patients per day. That’s one person every hour of the day.
Partnerships of this nature, and the generous support of charitable endowments received through exclusive events like Airnorth Cable Beach Polo, ensure the RFDS continues to deliver their life saving work to communities and regions like Broome and the Kimberley.
If you cannot be part of this year’s iconic Airnorth Cable Beach Polo but would still like to support and donate to the RFDS, you can do so by donating directly to www.cablebeachpolo.rfdswa.com.au