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Sky-high honour for our ladies

Tuesday, 16th December, 2014

The BH Women’s Auxiliary with the Flying Doctor aircraft that now bears their name. The BH Women’s Auxiliary with the Flying Doctor aircraft that now bears their name.

The RFDS Women’s Auxiliary has been honoured again for all their service to the region with an aircraft being named after them.

A ceremony was held yesterday to recognise the Auxiliary which has raised more than $1.5m for the RFDS South Eastern (SE) Section’s life-saving operations.   

An aircraft (call sign VH-MSH) will now be known as “Broken Hill Women’s Auxiliary” after David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales, performed the naming ceremony on behalf of the RFDS.

Mr Hurley said the RFDS represented the spirit of volunteering and the Women’s Auxiliary exemplified that spirit.

“They are extremely active in the community and have many years of dedicated service,” he said.

“To have an aircraft in your name is a rare honour, served with distinction.”

The naming ceremony comes in the wake of the Auxiliary being named 2014 NSW Team Volunteer of the Year, an honour they awarded by Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, at Kirribilli House in Sydney on December 5.

“To be honoured once was surprising, but twice in a month is truly humbling,” said Broken Hill Women’s Auxiliary President, Margaret Symes.

“We are proud to have supported the Flying Doctor for more than 60 years and the naming of an RFDS aircraft after the Auxiliary is a great tribute to both our current and former members who have served through the years.”

Mrs Symes said she would like to thank all their supporters and sponsors.

“Without all this support we wouldn’t be able to do it,” she said.

“It is wonderful to receive both honours.

“All past and present members of the Auxiliary say ‘thank you’.” 

Formed in 1951 by a group of local wives and mothers to support the RFDS, the Broken Hill Women’s Auxiliary organises an annual ball (attended by around 1,000 people this year) holds raffles, street stalls and sells Christmas hampers. They have raised more than $85,000 in the past year alone for the Flying Doctor.

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