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22 December 2017

Act of bravery inspires Queensland to support the RFDS

It was an act of bravery by a young girl to save her little sister that inspired thousands of Queenslanders to get behind a monumental fundraising effort, raising well over $300,000 for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS Queensland Section).

Jade-Elle heroically pulled her sister Molly from the wreckage of their crashed car. The RFDS flew Molly to Brisbane from Hervey Bay, where she underwent life-saving treatment.

Molly’s story featured in the 2017 Woolworths RFDS Fundraising Appeal to inspire the team and customers visiting Woolworths stores and Woolworths Fuel sites in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Matthew Franich, Woolworths General Manager - Operations QLD said; "We are thrilled that our Royal Flying Doctors wall token campaign raised $334,362. Thanks to the incredible support of the Woolworths team and our customers, our total fundraising for RFDS was $611,148 in 2017.

“Our teams are passionate about the RFDS, and Woolies support of this service is part of our ongoing commitment to giving back to Queensland.”

The girls’ mum, Justine Brown said the girls were amazed at the outcome of sharing their story.

“Molly just thought it was so cool to see her face on display in all the Woolies stores we visited,” Justine said.

“My girls would run up to the posters and make sure to tell everyone that that was their sister. They were just so excited.”

The car crash was just over four years ago now, and although Justine says the incident has left some ongoing scars, both physically and emotionally, the girls are all very happy and enjoying life.

“Everyone is doing quite well,” Justine said. “Molly doesn’t have any more operations coming up, and she's just a really happy little chappy. I'm  extremely proud of my girls and am happy to help out after the incredible support we received from the Flying Doctor.”