Pop-up Outback Station in the heart of Melbourne this May
Camels in Federation Square? In May? You betcha! To celebrate the nationwide "Flick Us A Flynn" fundraiser to support the Royal Flying Doctors Service, you are invited to experience life in the outback, in the very heart of Melbourne, for one fun day this May.
Federation Square will host an outback station on Friday 26 May, where you can enjoy an Aussie snag, grab a selfie with a camel or from inside a Royal Flying Doctor Service fuselage, shake hands with 'John Flynn' himself and donate $20 to the Flick us a Flynn campaign.
Camels, planes and Flying Doctor founder John Flynn will step off the $20 note and into Federation Square to raise awareness of this charity appeal with a difference between 10am – 2pm on the day.
For those unaware of the appeal, the "Flick us a Flynn" fundraiser encourages Australians to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctors and donate $20 at online here.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service is as Australian as the $20 note, with the charity's story honoured on the banknote. Donations and financial assistance are a part of its legacy and the not-for-profit aeromedical organisation is calling on city folk to help country folk to "Flick us a Flynn'' and help keep the Flying Doctors flying.
From the 20 – 27 May, the "Flick us a Flynn" social media campaign encourages all Australians to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctors by calling on your mates to donate a $20 note.
The challenge is to get creative on your socials, and snap yourselves passing a $20 note towards the camera, joining in with the hashtag #FlickUsAFlynn. At the same time you are encouraged to donate $20 online to keep the Flying Doctors flying.
Flick us a Flynn Ambassadors Natalie Barr, Annie Maynard, Matthew Dellavedova, Stefan Dennis, Dani Venn, Jennifer Adams, Catriona Rowntree, Steve Bastoni, and Annette Allison will also take to their social platforms to show their support and encourage others to rise to the challenge.
On the day of the pop-up Outback Station in Fed Square on 26 May, Ambassadors Dani Venn and Jennifer Adams will be serving sausages, urging people to Flick Us A Flynn to support the Flying Doctors.
"When it comes to helping regional and rural Australians in need, the Royal Flying Doctor have been there for over 88 years," said RFDS Victoria Chief Executive, Scott Chapman.
"What better way to show support than through an Aussie outback BBQ. Snags will be served in Fed Square by our Ambassadors, all who have their own Flying Doctor stories, and the stars of the $20 note will come to life to remind us of the legacy of John Flynn," he said.
Since 1928, the Royal Flying Doctor Service has grown to provide over 64,600 patient transports in 2015 with its 66 aircraft and a range of primary health care services that has conducted 161,000 health clinics throughout Australia.
In 1994 the Australian Council Office collaborated with the Reserve Bank of Australia on the design of the Australian twenty dollar note, which now features the face of the Reverend John Flynn.
Support the Royal Flying Doctor Service and join in with the collaborative #FlickUsAFlynn campaign in the heart of Melbourne at the Outback Station in Federation Square on Friday 26 May, 10am to 2pm.