Suzuki drivers raise money for RFDS and Tilpa community

A group of 28 Suzuki drivers have helped to raise almost $26,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Tilpa community. ▪ Photo contributed

A group of Suzuki drivers have helped to raise nearly $26,000 which will benefit the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and the Tilpa community.

The 2024 Suzuki Drive, organised by local landholder Graeme Barton as a bit of fun for him and his mates in 27 other Suzukis, was held on the weekend.

Graeme had the idea of a Suzuki Drive back in 2018 to raise a bit of money and they took six vehicles to Tilpa.

It’s an event that’s grown over the years and last year they raised nearly $13,000 (and had to cap car numbers to 30).

Graeme explained all the vehicles make a donation to enter and many of the entrants also donate items for the auction which was held on Saturday night at the Tilpa Hotel.

This year they raised $25,920, almost double last year’s effort.

“They are doing all sorts of wonderful things in their village over there at Tilpa,” Graeme said.

“They’re putting turf down, built a park for the kids and now they are building a ‘rest room’ at the clinic.”

Graeme explained that because the RFDS doctors/specialists are allowed to only work for 10 hours (and that includes flying), they don’t get to spend much time at the clinic seeing patients.

The new ‘rest room’ with a fridge and microwave, will allow doctors to stay over to sleep and extend their stay a bit longer…Full story in this weeks edition out now!