FOLLOWING the success of the 2017 Outback Ball, the Outback Ball Committee donated $10,000 to the Port Augusta Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Auxiliary on Friday, May 12.
The Outback Ball was a sold-out event held on April 1 at the RFDS Hangar, with about 300 people in attendance to help raise funds for the RFDS Port Augusta base.
Outback Ball Committee Co-President Amanda Michael said the RFDS provides an important service to Port Augusta and surrounding areas.
“Where we (Amanda and husband Scott) live is out on a station, so it’s a service that we would rely on if need be and for the whole region too; they do so much for this town,” she said.
“We’re looking at holding another Ball, possibly next year.”
The Outback Ball returned to Port Augusta for the first time since 2014, with fundraising live and silent auctions held throughout the night.
RFDS President David O’Connor was very grateful to receive the significant donation.
“Any kind of money raised is very much appreciated,” he said.
“We’re always trying to upgrade and make sure we’ve got the best service for people in the outback.
“Amanda, Scott and their team have really done a great job to get this event organised.”
Mr O’Connor said it would be ‘very, very pleasing’ to see the Outback Ball held at the RFDS Hangar annually.
The $10,000 cheque was presented to RFDS representatives Mr O’Connor, Vice-President Mettie Everett, Pilot and Secretary Esther Veldstra, and committee members Sue O’Connor and Nancy Palmer at the Hangar.
Mrs Michael, Outback Ball Committee Co-President Scott Michael and committee member Robert Heaysman attended on behalf of the Outback Ball Committee. Mr and Mrs Michael thanked the Port Augusta community for supporting the event.
The Outback Ball, which included a three-course meal catered by The Gourmet Chef, was hosted by Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello, with music provided by the Ethnic Cowboys.