Two Fremantle teams will take off from Esperance to join in the Outback Air Race to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Inner city residents Ralph Treasure and Elena Monaco are team Freo Flyers and Beaconsfield residents Jason Cotter and Leanne Mckenzie are Team Mockingjay. They will fly nearly 8000 kilometres from the south coast of Western Australia over the red centre to Queensland and from there back via Broome.
The fundraising target is $ 10,000 and already $ 4,000 was raised at a wine and dinner event at Lamonts in Cottesloe. Donations can be made on: https://oar2015.everydayhero.com/au/Mockingjay
The Outback Air Race has raised over $ 1,5 million for the RFDS since it started in 1995. It runs every 3 to 4 years and is a time trial in which 27 aircrafts take part.
Fremantle resident, and my neighbour, Leanne McKenzie will be flying a 5000 km time trial from Esperance to Hamilton Island to raise funds for the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE. Leanne started flying lessons only four years ago and will fly a Cessna Cardinal single engine. The trial will take twelve days and starts on August 23, stopping at Birdsville, Alice Springs and on the Nullarbor at Forrest, then flying back vial Kununurra and Broome.
Before she flies off Leanne will be at the RFDS fundraising dinner at Lamont’s in Cottesloe. Tickets at $ 85 are still available for that so call Leanne on 0419 041 467 to book them. Kate Lamont will be there and her partner and wine expert John Jens will be serving some great wines, including premier cru burgundies.
If you can’t go to the dinner but still like to donate to the fundraiser please do call Leanne. The RFDS is a vital service to the country people, especially in the remote areas.