Fundraising

RFDS_Central_Horizontal_COLOUR_RGBThis event wouldn’t be as much fun without a great cause. So far we’ve raised nearly $300,000 through rider sponsorships/donations and our End-of-Race Dinner Fundraising Auction.

With the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge being a true blue Australian adventure, it would seem natural that people involved in the SDBC also support a service which any one of us might one day need. So, the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge participants, and the organisation behind the event, Desert Challenge Inc., proudly support the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The RFDS was the first comprehensive aerial medical organisation in the world and to this day remains unique for the range of primary health care and emergency services it provides and for the huge area of sparse population and climatic extremes over which it operates – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

To make fundraising for us even easier, we’ve partnered with the RFDS and Everyday Hero so that each rider (or support crew or official, ‘cos why should the riders have all the fundraising fun!) can have their own online fundraising page. In just minutes you can build and customise your page, then start sharing the link with your friends, family and colleagues and ask them to make a donation to the RFDS. Every donation is then recorded on your fundraising page along with messages of support from your donors.

We expect all riders to undertake some fundraising – even if they set themselves a modest target of $500.  Fundraising for such an important service (which we all hope you’ll never need!) adds another element of challenge and satisfaction to the participation in this unique event.  (To date, Don Prefrement holds the record for raising over $17,000.)

You can find the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge’s Everyday Here page here.

Email fundraising@desertchallenge.org if you need more information or have any questions.

(The photo below was taken in January 2017 when Committee members Alan Hancox and Kate Reynolds handed over $34,840 raised by riders and supporters from the 2016 event. And the lucky ducks got a tour of the new purpose built Adelaide base at the new Aeromedical Precinct at Adelaide Airport.  You can read more about the Base here.)

2017 RFDS Cheque handover

Committee members Alan Hancox and Kate Reynolds with RFDS’s Charlie  Patterson, Anthea Rice and Kristen Newlyn.

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