Thursday, 28 June 2012
Statements by Members
Royal Flying Doctor Service: Jenna Brook's Long Walk Home
In Queensland, when the going gets tough the tough get going. That is very true of Jenna Brook, who is on a long walk home—a 435-kilometre walk from Dalhousie Springs in South Australia through to Birdsville. Jenna Brook has been training for this for six months, but it is for a very good cause: to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Her 435-kilometre walk is across the Simpson Desert. She will be walking across some 1,200 sand dunes and will camp out under the stars at night. Anyone who wants to put some money towards her great cause of fundraising for the Royal Flying Doctor Service can look at her website, which is www.everydayhero.com.au/Jenna_Brook.
I urge members in this place to get behind Jenna because I know many of them will one day be grey nomads wanting to go out into many parts of Australia and they may need the services of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It is an iconic service. It deserves the support not only of government but of members in this place. I commend Jenna for her wonderful initiative. She is not going to be doing it easy—it is going to be a long walk. She started on Monday and has already crossed the 136 longitude line. I am tracking her on a tracker, so if you want to track her have a look at that, but at the same time commit some money to this wonderful cause by supporting Jenna as she raises money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service as she walks across the Simpson Desert. (Time expired)