Dow AgroSciences reaching new heights for the Flying Doctor

Dow AgroSciences has teamed up with Junee AGnVET Services to sponsor a team in the Outback Air Race, a major initiative that helps fund vital medical equipment for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Dow AgroSciences has donated $5,000 worth of its product Esteron, which will be sold through Junee AGnVET Proceeds will be donated to sheep and cereal farmers Andrew and Fiona Hamilton, from Illabo in southern New South Wales, who are among those competing the aerial navigation time trial through outback Australia.

Dow AgroSciences Territory Manager for the Riverina region in NSW, Brad Davis, says the company is proud to support the Hamilton’s as they raise funds for the RFDS.

“The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides crucial medical care to our customers and their communities. We are really excited about the chance to work together with the Junee branch of AGnVET Services to support the Outback Air Race and help raise funds that will help RFDS continue its work with people living in regional and rural Australia.”

The donated product, Esteron, is used for selective control of broadleaf weeds in fallow, winter cereal crops, pastures and sugarcane. A full pallet of 40 x 20L drums was donated and the money raised through the sale of the product will help competitors in the Outback Air Race on their way to a $500,000 total fundraising goal. Andrew and Fiona hope to chalk up $25,000 to contribute.

“It’s a fantastic race and really is quite humbling to be able to help the RFDS,” Fiona says. “We’re lucky to have Dow AgroSciences and AGnVET Services Junee among our major sponsors. We thank them for their amazing support and generosity. A hundred percent of what they give goes to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”

Twenty-five aircraft with 70 competitors signed up for this year’s Outback Air Race. The event started in Esperance, Western Australia, will cover 4,000 kilometres before competitors touch down at their final destination Hamilton Island in Queensland.

The Outback Air Race has raised more than $1.5 million for the RFDS with support from spectators and sponsors since it began in 1996. All funds from each race go towards outfitting RFDS aircraft with medical equipment and providing health care services in remote communities.