Elders' Community Program
From Jamestown to Gatton, Midland to Echuca, our business stretches across the vast Australian landscape and into the smallest towns. Remote communities and the people within them are the lifeline of our business – they’re our neighbours, our mates, and our clients, and it’s our priority to support them.
Elders Give It is our community giving program designed to raise funds for key organisations that help rural communities.
Beyond Blue, Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) are our partners of choice for the exceptional support they provide right across Australia.
Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service across Australia.
Elders employees, their families and clients are affected everywhere and every year by the life-saving work of the RFDS.
Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is a not-for-profit organisation that harnesses the power of collective investment between government, business and philanthropy to improve the lives of those living in rural, regional and remote Australia.
Providing grants directly to rural and regional Australiana, FRRR plays a crucial role in assisting communities to put funding into projects and programs that foster economic and cultural vibrancy.
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and where they live.
In Australia, male farmers die by suicide at rates significantly higher than the general population and non-farming rural males. Access to services and feelings of isolation are significant barriers affecting mental health outcomes – Beyond Blue is a key driver for change in this area.
RFDS and Elders
In November 2017, Elders announced the launch of a major sponsorship of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Central Operations. In recognition of the new partnership, a RFDS aircraft bearing the Elders logo was unveiled during the launch. The medically-equipped aircraft, VH-FXW (Foxtrot-X-ray-Whiskey), is one of 69 RFDS aircraft spread across the country.
Whiskey’ is one of eight RFDS flying intensive care units located in SA, one of 69 RFDS aircraft across the country. Throughout 2018 Whiskey flew more than 427,000 kilometres and airlifted over 970 patients from 57 SA locations including:
- a patient from Mala to Adelaide with spinal injuries following MVA
- a patient from edge of Simpson Desert to Adelaide with leg fractures following MVA
- a patient from William Creek to Adelaide with acute appendicitis
- a patient from Bordertown to Adelaide with burns to face and airways
- a patient from Ceduna to Adelaide following a heart attack
- a patient from Glendambo to Adelaide with multiple trauma following car accident
- a patient from Kingscote to Adelaide in premature labour (29 weeks gestation)
- a patient from Maitland to Adelaide with a ruptured kidney
- a patient from Naracoorte to Adelaide following a heart attack
- a patient from Tumby Bay to Adelaide, born at 27 weeks gestation
- a patient from Renmark to Adelaide with acute renal failure
Whiskey also conducted 10 flights to Melbourne transporting patients for heart surgery or organ transplant, including:
- a patient from Mt Gambier to Melbourne – for organ transplant
- a patient from Adelaide to Melbourne – 2 day-old twin for heart surgery