Wimmera children enjoy Royal Flying Doctor Service visit

HANDS-ON LEARNING: St Peter’s Lutheran School students Olivia Lehmann, Zachary Jorgenson and Isabella Nuske help Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Tom Tyan load a mock plane fuselage as part of a school education program. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

HANDS-ON LEARNING: St Peter’s Lutheran School students Olivia Lehmann, Zachary Jorgenson and Isabella Nuske help Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Tom Tyan load a mock plane fuselage as part of a school education program. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

THE Royal Flying Doctor Service set Wimmera spirits soaring this week.

The service provided a series of school visits and mobile dental care clinics from Monday.

St Peter’s Lutheran School in Dimboola was the Look! Up in the Sky educational program’s last stop for the week.

Grade six student Isabella Nuske said exploring a full-scale replica of a Royal Flying Doctor Service plane fuselage was one of the highlights.

She was surprised by the plane’s size.

“You see it from the outside and think, ‘Gosh, that’s tiny’,” she said.

But she said it was slightly more spacious inside, ‘like the Tardis in Doctor Who’.

Isabella said she was unlikely to pursue a career as a doctor or nurse.

“But it would be nice to be in the Royal Flying Doctor Service because they have the joy of helping people,” she said.

She said she learnt a lot from the program and was grateful for the experience.

Look! Up in the Sky also visited Apsley Primary School, Goroke P-12 College, St Malachy’s Catholic Parish Primary School in Edenhope, Nhill College, Nhill Lutheran School, Murtoa College and Dimboola Primary School.

The mobile dental care clinics were based at Goroke Community Health Centre, with outreach clinics in Apsley, Natimuk, Edenhope and Harrow.

Horsham is the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s highest per capita donor centre in Victoria.

A service spokesman said people could continue their support for the service by visiting http://supportus.flyingdoctor.org.au/donate/ or calling 1300 669 569.

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