An RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter comes into land at Kingaroy Hospital for another medevac

April 10, 2024

The familiar blue-and-yellow RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters may no longer be seen in South Burnett skies after June 30, but there’s no need to panic.

The LifeFlight Rescue service isn’t coming to an end, just the 30-year naming rights sponsorship by RACQ.

The sponsorship is no longer necessary after the State Government announced new funding arrangements.

The 10-year funding commitment will provide an extra $586.1 million to LifeFlight, significantly expanding its role in funding the rescue service.

LifeFlight Rescue Australia CEO Ashley van de Velde OAM thanked RACQ for its dedication to the service.

“We are incredibly grateful to RACQ for its unwavering support and a shared commitment to save lives,” he said.

“The partnership with RACQ has enabled LifeFlight to help more than 81,000 people.

“It’s an incredible milestone few companies can claim and is testament to the strength, leadership and dedication of two leading Queensland organisations to support communities 24/7 and provide outstanding aeromedical care.

“While it’s the end of an era as our naming rights sponsor, we are continuing to explore new partnership opportunities with RACQ which could see continued investment and support for Queensland communities.”

RACQ Group CEO David Carter said he was proud of the incredible legacy RACQ had built with the life-saving organisation.

“Since 2010, RACQ has provided more than $50 million in sponsorship and donations to LifeFlight Rescue, with the critical service responding to thousands of missions,” Mr Carter said.

“We are honoured to have created a historic legacy and we’re looking forward to seeing the service continue to expand their capabilities through their new funding agreement with the Queensland Government.”


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