FABULOUS FOUR: RFDS local heroes Jess Weber, Tessa Dimond, Annie Jones and Andrea Crothers.
FABULOUS FOUR: RFDS local heroes Jess Weber, Tessa Dimond, Annie Jones and Andrea Crothers. Chloe Turvey Images

Fabulous four donate $55k to Royal Flying Doctor Service

FOUR Balonne women who raised more than $55,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service have been named 2019 RFDS Local Heroes.

Andrea Crothers, Tessa Dimond, Annie Jones and Jess Weber hosted the Golden Acres Ball in St George for two consecutive years, donating the proceeds to the RFDS, ag shows and a St George organisation.

After picking up their prestigious award in Roma, the fabulous four are in the running to win the overall RFDS Queensland Local Hero Award, decided by a public vote from June 17.

With the women, all in their 20s, spread across the state living in St George, Cunnamulla, Dalby and Rockhampton, Miss Dimond said the galas were more or less organised via messages.

"We held two balls in 2016 and 2017 with 500 people attending each time (selling out) where we essentially raised $65,000 (sic) for RFDS,” she said.

"We were pretty chuffed to win the Local Hero Award, we don't see ourselves as that, from my point of view I was doing it for the town and getting 500 people to St George would support a lot of local businesses during the drought, and having an event like that can really boost morale.”

Miss Dimond said they chose to donate to the RFDS because it's a vital link for health in the Maranoa.

"A lot of people are surprised with how young we are,” she said.

"I don't think we've done anything special for our age but definitely very honoured to be going onto the Queensland awards.”

RFDS (Queensland Section) CEO Meredith Staib said the Local Hero Awards, proudly supported by Ergon Energy Retail, Seven Queensland and Queensland Country Life, gave the service a much needed opportunity to thank and acknowledge the outstanding people who tirelessly and selflessly support the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in their region.

"On behalf the RFDS here in Queensland I would like to congratulate and thank all Local Hero nominees across Queensland who work behind the scenes to support the work of the Flying Doctor teams,” she said.


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