Barossans take flight for fundraiser

A BAROSSA Valley father and son team are preparing to soar in a national fundraising event supporting the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Todd Kruger and his dad, Trevor Kruger, are preparing to participate in the RFDS’ Outback Air Race as ‘Team Skippy’.

The pair plans to complete the challenging race, which spans two weeks, with Todd in the driver’s seat of his Thorp T18 plane.

Todd’s mum, and Trevor’s wife, Leeann Kruger, who is organising a bulk of the fundraising initiatives, said her boys are looking forward to the event, but recognised it wouldn’t be possible without the community’s support.

“We have done fundraising on committees and things like that before, but just to be doing it by ourselves is (something different),” she said.

“It has all been quite exciting and overwhelming and they (Todd and Trevor) are feeling really excited about the race.

“We have raised over $2000 just with online donations, which has been really great.

“The people who know, and understand, what the flying doctors do are very generous.”

The RFDS provides 24/7 aeromedical emergency services to country Australia, and also offers regular fly-in, fly-out medical services transporting nurses and general practitioners to rural and remote communities.

Leeann said a $5000 fundraising target has been set for the worthy organisation, with the family hoping to reach that figure in the coming weeks.

“You have to raise $4000 – that’s the minimum needed to participate in the event – and we are pretty sure we will hit that target,” she said.

“We have raffle tickets available for sale for an Australia-wide raffle, with everything we sell staying in South Australia.

“We also have our function on Sunday, July 22, and we are hoping to raise a couple of thousand dollars from that.”

The event has been dubbed ‘Chill Out Sunday’ and will include live music by Joe Ahern and a silent auction.

Chill Out Sunday will be held at Nuriootpa’s Redeemer Lutheran School from midday-4pm, with tickets available to purchase for $20.

For more information, or to purchase a ticket, call 0419 854 840. To donate to the team directly, visit


Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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