Royal flying doctor service brings medical care to Australia’s remote communities

New South Wales, AUSTRALIA: People living in remote areas of the country do not have the same access to medical care as those who live in the cities, due to fewer clinics in the area and the distance to medical services. From April to October 2021, TOMRA Collection Australia together with the Return and Earn deposit return system encouraged consumers to donate their deposit refunds to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service South-Eastern Section in bringing medical care to people living in the outback.

How recycling helped save lives

At the end of the campaign, the Royal Flying Doctor Service raised AU$140,000, thanks to the generosity of the NSW residents who donated their deposit refunds. “It’s great to see so many people in our community support such an important cause while at the same time helping the environment,” said Dugald Saunders, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Western New South Wales and Dubbo MP.

The additional funds came at a time of a particular need, in the middle of the pandemic. Royal Flying Doctor South Eastern Section, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Randall Greenberg, said, “The pandemic has had a significant impact on rural and remote communities and the $140,000 funds raised through recycling means the Flying Doctor can continue bringing healthcare to outback families and communities who need it most.”

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