As in previous years, I have made a charitable donation to the Western Operations of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia on behalf of CyberText Consulting, in lieu of sending out Christmas cards to clients or having a Christmas party (with myself).
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is an essential service for people living and working in areas outside the major metropolitan centers of Australia. It provides on-ground medical services and air ambulance transport.
Many of my clients are oil and gas, mining and resource companies whose employees live and work in some of Australia’s remotest places. The RFDS is a lifeline for them, and for all outback workers and travelers. While the RFDS gets some government funding, it relies a lot on donations and bequests to keep running.
[Links last checked December 2013]