IN THE SWIM: Springsure’s Mary Ranclaud and Debby Johnston are training for the RFDS Mercantile Relay and Swimathon.
IN THE SWIM: Springsure’s Mary Ranclaud and Debby Johnston are training for the RFDS Mercantile Relay and Swimathon. Julie-Ann Carson

Springsure duo diving in for Royal Flying Doctor Service

SWIMMING to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service was an easy decision for two Springsure women.

Debby Johnston has been in training for the RFDS Mercantile Relay and Swimathon fundraiser and explained why it was important to raise funds.

"I visit the RFDS doctor Louise Russell up at the local hospital and I think she is just brilliant," Debby, who is hoping to do 50 laps, said.

"They don't receive financial support from the government and raising this money helps to keep them in the air. They do such a great job... we need to raise money to keep them out here."

Mary Ranclaud is no stranger to the water, having been in training since the start of the season.

"I am doing the swim because it is a personal challenge and it's for a good cause, to keep the flying doctors flying," Mary, 63, said.

"They just bring so much comfort to people in country areas."

Mary has accepted a lap challenge from one of her sponsors and is determined to complete them in the allocated half hour.

"Former Springsure resident Anastasia Fanning knows too well how vital this frontline service is after her son had to be flown to Brisbane by the RFDS.

"Those amazing doctors came out to Lochlann," Anastasia said.

"They come to the hospital and stabilise a patient before they head off. They are just too important to the bush."

The swimathon is on Friday, February 22, from 6pm. Individual swimmers and teams can enter.

For more, phone Julie-ann Carson on 0439 841 582.


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