RFDS thanked for days with Ayda

After falling ill while holidaying in Bunbury last year, now four-year-old Ayda Chamarette had to be flown to Perth.

RFDS pilots were then forced to make a stopover on Rottnest Island because of unsafe weather.

‘We are amazed and impressed with their professionalism,’ Mr Chamarette said.

‘No doubt without them we would not have had such a positive outcome.’

Once hospitalised, Ayda was placed in a coma for 15 days and spent five days recovering. Mrs Chamarette said the RFDS was integral to living in Australia.

The annual RFDS Fundraising Ball is on August 23 at Crown Perth. Tickets are available at altitudeball.com.au.

RFDS WA marketing and communications general manager Nick Harvey said money from the annual ball would go towards medical and aviation equipment to ensure pilots, doctors, nurses and engineering could provide 24-hour emergency service care and maintain its fleet of 15 aircraft. He said the service had 14 Pilatus PC12s and one Hawker jet.

The RFDS has operated for 79 years in WA and for 85 in Australia.