Tireless supporter rewarded
Thursday, 27th January, 2011
June Files was honoured yesterday with an Order of Australia Medal for her tireless support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Over the years Mrs Files has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the RFDS, allowing them to buy new equipment to assist them in their outback flights.
She's a keen cyclist, having ridden from Adelaide to Perth and from Broken Hill to Darwin, and organises rides as a way to raise money.
She said the Order of Australia was a "huge honour."
"I'm just so excited and thrilled about it to represent the push bike riders," Mrs Files said.
"Since 1996 I've just met some incredible people. A wonderful couple from Canberra suggested to us about riding around Broken Hill at that time. I said I'd gone out to White Cliffs that year for training but I couldn't get very many people.
"They suggested if I did it the following year they would like to join me.
"I was a little bit cheeky and asked 80, or I think it might have been 100 people, and out of that, 47 people told me they would like to join me across to Perth."
She said the RFDS was integral to the city of Broken Hill, and in several cases, she has needed help from them whilst on one of her cross-country bike rides.
"Living in Broken Hill, we really can't do without them. And plus when I cycle, we have had to use them three times. They're just such a vital part of Broken Hill."
Mrs Files said she always had new trips planned, and was currently planning a round trip from Cobar which would be more than 800km long.