We are very excited to announce that the 2015 Steadfast Outback Air Race has raised in excess of $560,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Our Treasurer, Stuart Payne, announced the figure to racers and guest at the finish party on Hamilton Island last night (Friday 4th September 2015), which included special guests Bill Mellor (RFDS board member) and Bill Owen (Steadfast broker representing Steadfast Foundation and Steadfast Group).
The fundraising figure is far in excess of all events before it, with participants and sponsors both contributing to this result. We thank our event naming rights supporter Steadfast Foundation, major sponsors The Classic Safari Company and Summit Fleet and Leg Sponsors. A special mention to Lawson Grains who not only contributed corporate funds as a leg sponsor, but also continued to raise funds as individuals, raising an incredible $53,000!
Our participants contributed over $430,000 to the total, with 18 teams raising more than $10,000. The event Highest Fundraiser was Mittagong 210ers (Peter Clisdell, Helen Clisdell, Jim Driver, Vanessa Driver) who raised $41,000 with runner ups Race Villians No. 7 (Phil Hines, Jane Crichton) and ATOM (Alan and Jo Sattler).
The fundraising total is almost double the total from the previous event and takes the total raised by the Outback Air Race since the inception in 1996 to $2,060,000.
Even better, we expect the figure will climb even further as additional donations are received and accounts finalised.
Thanks everyone for your efforts!