Bush Nurse- 2017 RFDS Queensland Hero

A dedicated commitment to the wellbeing of her small central Queensland community has seen Lesley De Landelles take home the 2017 RFDS Queensland Hero award, presented to her at a gala event held in Brisbane.

rfds award winner (002)A bush nurse from Jericho, Lesley has been praised for her complete selflessness when it came to delivering the highest level of care to anyone who walked through her door, including from time to time, the odd family pet.

She was chosen out of the nine recipients of the 2017 RFDS Local Hero Awards from around the state.

Lesley is the inaugural winner of the award, which comes with a $5000 grant donated on behalf of Ergon Energy Retail to be used by the winner to improve the health outcomes for people living in their community.

Lesley says she plans on using the money to help the seniors living in Jericho connect with their family and friends.

“Our local school is letting the older people in Jericho use its computers to stay in touch with their family friends.”

“Social isolation is a real issue for these people, and by using the $5000 grant I will be able to hire someone to come in and teach these people how to use the technology to reach out and connect with their loved ones.”

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) CEO, Nino Di Marco says Lesley’s commitment to the people of Jericho embodied the Spirit of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“Each and every one of the nine Local Hero Award recipients here tonight has done an incredible job supporting the Flying Doctor.”

“Without their support, and through their incredible selflessness such as that shown by Lesley, we would not be able to continue the work we do throughout Queensland.”

Sponsor of the award Energy Queensland CEO, David Smales weighed in to praise the work of the Lesley and those dedicated RFDS workers.

“The Flying Doctor plays such a big role in the rural and remote communities of Queensland, and to be able to help them acknowledge and thank the supporters of the Service, such as Lesley, who go above and beyond the call of duty, is a real honour.”