Keeping Queensland’s remote families safe is never easy even at the best of times. But at times of disaster, when the state is battered by cyclones and inundated by floods, carrying out emergency transfers of critically ill patients can be a truly massive challenge.

To take to the air when the wind is raging and the rain is falling in torrents requires not only tremendous courage, but also generous help from the community we serve to fund the equipment and consumables we require in order to respond rapidly to every possible emergency scenario.

Please give a gift today to help our aeromedical teams continue to keep us safe when disaster strikes. At a time when our weather seems to grow ever more unpredictable, your gift will help ensure that Queenslanders can continue to rely on the Flying Doctor – come wind, rain or shine.

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Five-year-old Clare O’Sullivan couldn’t have picked a worse time to become ill. As her appendix threatened to rupture, outside, one of the worst downpours in living memory was pounding northern Queensland.

​Stranded in Charters Towers by rising flood waters, there was no way Clare could travel by road to Townsville Hospital for the treatment she so urgently needed. So Retrieval Services Queensland put a call through to the Flying Doctor, who despatched an aircraft to rescue her.

Thanks to the generosity of the Flying Doctor's friends and supporters, the aeromedical team on duty had the training and the equipment they needed to fly into the storm, land safely in Charters Towers and fly Clare to Townsville in time for the surgery that may well have saved her life.​​​​​​​