RFDS Tasmania have received $27,000 to help fund their services thanks to the recent truck run fundraiser and donation from the Tassie Hay Runners.
RFDS Tasmania chief executive John Kirwan said the donation would help fund a raft of programs for the organisation.
"The funds will go to assist all our primary care, dental, mental health programs operating in rural and remote areas of Tasmania ... we will also use the funds to support the aeromedical service, by maintaining and improving on ground facilities like patient transfer shelters at airstrips," he said.
"All of us as RFDS Tasmania appreciate the effort that has gone into this fundraiser and we're humbled, it has been a long time since we have been able to hold fundraising events, since early 2020, and that has severely impacted our income while demand for our services has increased."
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Mr Kirwan said RFDS Tasmania would look to extend the partnership with the Tasmanian Truck Owners and Operators Association going forward after their recent success.
"The great work of the Tasmanian Truck Owners and Operators Association, the truck drivers who participated in the truck run and all the supporters and donors for the raffles was in itself amazing, and then to receive additional support from Tassie Hay Runners meant that our expectations were well and truly exceeded," he said.
"We will also be exploring how we can work in with the Truck Owners and Operators, to see if we can help them access our services as well, as we have quite similar areas of interest."
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Tasmanian Truck Owners and Operators Association chairman Rob Bayles said the association was happy to help the RFDS Tasmania.
"We're passionate about the RFDS because it's an organisation that gives everyone, no matter where they are, an equal opportunity to access vital health care," he said.
"Every family knows someone who has a connection to the RFDS and we want to make sure they've got what they need to do their job."
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