Financial support for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) continues to grow on the Eyre Peninsula as more families continue to experience its help first hand, including those involved in drumming up support.
In the last 12 months the Port Lincoln Royal Flying Doctor Service Auxiliary has raised more than $130,000 thanks to support from across the Eyre Peninsula.
Adrian and Raelene Kraft are auxiliary members and once again saw how their family benefitted from the service after their grandson Mark McMahon suffered a serious injury in Whyalla on October 26.
Mr McMahon was involved in a motorcycle accident at the Whyalla dirt circuit track which led to multiple lower leg fractures.
Mr Kraft said the situation was critical as swelling started to cut off blood supply to his lower leg and there were concerns he could lose part of his right leg.
"It was critical he got to Adelaide as soon as possible," he said.
The RFDS flew Mr McMahon to Adelaide where he had a seven-hour operation at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Mr McMahon would have seven operations in 14 days and he continues his road to recovery.
Mr Kraft said his and other families on Eyre Peninsula continued to benefit from the RFDS, which made more than 1000 landings on the Eyre Peninsula in the last year, more than two landings a day.
"I have used it twice and two of my three daughters have used it...and four of my six grandchildren," he said.
The auxiliary has raised more than $130,000 in the last 12 months and handed over a cheque for $128,000 to the RFDS Central Operations on October 22.
Mr Kraft donations from the past year included a $20,000 donation from Peter Teakle in August and from collection tins across Eyre Peninsula had raised $10,285 in the last 12 months.
"One of the things we try to do is not see it as a Port Lincoln Auxiliary but a group that harnesses donations for the whole of Eyre Peninsula," he said.
"It's an incredible organisation to work for in that it has so much passionate support from the wider community."
Support from across the Eyre Peninsula included the Cummins Show wool competition raising funds for the service, as well as contributions from the Streaky Bay Hotel and the Perlubie Sports Committee, who both received gifts of thanks from the auxiliary last weekend.
A sizeable donation has come closer to home in Port Lincoln with four staff members from the Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank providing a donation of $4000 to the RFDS.
Branch operations manager Prue Hywood said each staff member had $1000 to donation to an organisation of their choosing and she along with Rachel Boxer, Shari Davis and Bree Price pooled together their allocations to give to the RFDS.
She said her family had need of the RFDS recently when her son was injured.
"Over the year's (the bank) has had a close affiliation with the RFDS," she said.