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Queensland Farmer Leaves Entire $10 Million Fortune To Charity

Queensland Farmer Leaves Entire $10 Million Fortune To Charity

There are charities across Australia that deserve our time, attention and money.

They all do such important work, however few can stack up against the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which provides emergency treatment to Aussies in remote locations.

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Well, the charity has just received their biggest donation ever thanks to a Queensland grazier who split his entire estate between them and the Children's Hospital Foundation in Brisbane.

Credit: Geoffrey Carrick
Credit: Geoffrey Carrick

Geoff Carrick died last year from a suspected snakebite, according to the Courier Mail, and in his will he decided to leave his $9.85 million fortune to the two organizations.

He didn't have any children or surviving family so the farmer chose to give the money to something worthwhile.

Lifelong friend Gus French told the Queensland paper: "Geoff was one-in-a-million. Or, in this case, one in almost 10 million.

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"He was a humble, everyday bloke and a thorough country gentleman. He was much loved by us all.

"His great legacy is to keep the RFDS flying, they are a lifeline in the bush, and in the wet season our only contact with the outside world.

"Without them we could get in big strife.''

His other mate Jon Rolley told the ABC: "He knew more about cattle than most people have forgotten about cattle. They were up on Strathgordon [Station] and it's isolated and the only chance you've got is the Flying Doctor up there.

"Geoffrey Carrick was a good man. I hope nobody forgets."

As a thank you for the incredibly generous gift, the Royal Flying Doctors Service has named a new plane after Geoff.

RFDS spokesperson Heather Stott said: "These new planes will allow us to fly faster, higher and with pressurisation meaning less fatigue on our pilots and medics.

"Their primary job will be to run our clinics around remote parts of the state and they will also provide backup for our aeromedical aircraft which retrieve patients in emergencies.''

We definitely need more of these people around because a donation like this will provide an immeasurable impact on people in remote regions being able to access emergency medicine.

Featured Image Credit: Geoffrey Carrick

Topics: Inspirational, Community, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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