Hedland & Newman

Crawford Realty hosted a Black and White ball at the Tambrey on Saturday the 26th of October 2013 to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The ball was the second black-tie fundraiser in support of the non-profit organisation, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.

The RFDS treats an average of 750 patients across the country every day. In WA, the RFDS flies 15 aircraft and assists over 80,000 patients each year. A $25,000 cheque was bequeathed on the night to the RFDS from the estate of well-known Karratha personality Garnett Skuthorp, who passed away in 2012. The cheque was presented by executor of the estate Kelly Luskan, and was in addition to $520,000 donated from Mr Skuthorp’s estate earlier this year.

RFDS regional co-ordinator Phil Strapp accepted the cheque on behalf of the service and said demands on the service are continuing to grow as populations expand. ‘It’s a fabulous night — this is the really good part of my job,’ he said. ‘Funds raised tonight will go towards purchasing essential equipment for aircraft. ‘We can’t do our job without donations, so events like this are really important to us.’

The Black and White ball was emceed by former Dockers star Peter Bell, with the ever-popular Perth act Darren Reid and the Soul City Groove providing the soundtrack for the evening. Two Dockers jerseys from current players Matthew Pavlich and Nathan Fyfe were also up for auction, along with an array of memorabilia, vouchers, tickets and jewellery.