Wagyu Supports Royal Flying Doctors’ Service

The Australian Wagyu Association are proud to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in saving lives in rural and remote Australia through its annual Charity Auction.

The Charity Auction held by the Association during the highly successfully WagyuEdge:Building Integrity conference held during May, 2019 in Adelaide raised more than $40,000 for the RFDS from the generous support of Association members.
Association CEO, Matt McDonagh presented the Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations (serving SA/NT) with a cheque for $41,300 this week at its base at Adelaide Airport and said that it was an honour to support such a worthwhile charity and thanked donors and bidders for their continued support.
On hand to receive the cheque was RFDS Central Operations Chief Executive Tony Vaughan ASM and Executive General Manager, Marketing and Stakeholder Relations, Charlie Paterson.
In receiving the cheque, Mr Vaughan said that “The RFDS conducts over 100 aeromedical flights across Australia every day but we rely on the continued support from the community to keep our crews in the sky.”
“We are delighted to accept this wonderful contribution from the Australian Wagyu Association and thank its members for their support. The donation will support our capital-raising program for on-going upgrade of our fleet of ‘flying intensive care units’ that deliver 24/7 emergency aeromedical services throughout South and Central Australia.”
Donations for bidding at the Charity Auction included McGuigan wine, signed rugby jerseys, Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill Degustation dinner, Ariat and Just Country clothing packages, Tru Test stick reader and tags, BeefCentral advertising package, Kerwee Feedlot head on feed, hand crafted stockwhips and Spectrum wine.
In all, $82,600 was raised, split evenly between the Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations and the Wagyu Fellowship program.

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