02 April 2020
The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides critical care to Australians who would otherwise have no access to healthcare.
BHP has today provided a $2 million donation, which has led an industry funding commitment, to help keep the WA service flying during the COVID-19 pandemic. This donation will help meet the expected 25 per cent surge in costs because of the pandemic. Fortescue, Chevron, Rio Tinto, and CBH Group also donated.
Tim Day, Acting Asset President BHP Western Australia Iron Ore said: “BHP is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate, and beyond. This contribution to the RDFS is part of our $50 million Vital Resources Fund, which has been established to provide support to regional communities during this difficult time. We will continue to look for ways for BHP to support regional communities as we work through this challenge together.”
Rebecca Tomkinson, CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service said: “We have been a trusted health care partner in Western Australia for more than 90 years. We are there to help a mate when they need us the most - and that time is now, in the coming weeks and the many months ahead.”
“As a not for profit charity, providing an essential and life-saving service, we literally rely on the generosity of our funders to keep us in the air and we look forward to other Western Australian organisations contributing to the fund,” Ms Tomkinson said.
“We are incredibly grateful for the critical support from BHP which will assist us towards bolstering our service for the surge capacity we will need to respond across the regions.”