Power users donate $4m for RFDS
IN an impressive milestone for community spirit, Ergon Energy customers have donated $4 million to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Queensland, through their power bills.
The support comes via regular donations through customers’ electricity bills.
Under the scheme customers can donate $2 or $5 per quarterly bill, or make larger one-off donations if they wish.
Ergon Energy acting chief executive Graeme Finlayson said the $4 million milestone was an uplifting testament to the generosity of regional Queenslanders.
“Just over 18 months ago, donations had totalled $2.5 million since our customer contribution scheme started in the year 2000, a worthy milestone in itself,” Mr Finlayson said.
“Considering $4 million in donations have now been received, that commitment will have nearly doubled in less than two years.
“We are nothing short of humbled by our customers’ generosity and incredibly proud to ensure these donations get to their very worthy and vital cause,” he said.
At present 86,429 Ergon Energy customers throughout regional Queensland donate to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, 15,610 of these are in Central Queensland.
RFDS Queensland chief executive Nino Di Marco said the majority of Ergon Energy customer donations went towards the organisation’s aircraft replacement program.
“We also use some of the funds to update medical equipment carried on board the aircraft, as well as assisting in bridging any shortfall that may occur in operational costs,” Mr Di Marco said.
“Many thousands of donors have continued their commitment to the RFDS through Ergon Energy’s contribution scheme over the years and we are incredibly grateful for this.
“The bond we have with Ergon Energy and its customers continues to grow and never ceases to impress us,” he said.
Graeme Finlayson said Ergon’s National Contact Centre staff were integral in the continued success of the RFDS bill-contribution scheme with their role in encouraging customers to contribute.