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West Arnhem Regional Council shows strong support for CareFlight with annual Triathlon

15 May 2024

With CareFlight Top End conducting multiple emergency missions to the West Arnhem region every month, the small town of Jabiru understands the importance of aeromedical services for all remote Communities in the Top End.

Demonstrating their support for this lifesaving service, the West Arnhem Regional Council proudly hosted the 11th annual Kakadu Triathlon on Saturday, 11 May, raising an impressive $21,117 for CareFlight Top End.

The 2024 event saw an incredible turnout, attracting nearly a record number of participants with 130 open competitors and 50 juniors who challenged themselves in the short course triathlon. The race took place in the Jabiru Swimming Pool and along the residential streets of Jabiru, providing a scenic and supportive environment for all involved.

West Arnhem Regional Council Mayor James Woods said he is proud that the Council can deliver such an important and equally impressive event within the Community.

"It’s heart-warming to see so many participants and supporters coming together to contribute to such an important cause. The funds raised will significantly aid CareFlight in continuing their essential work in our region."

CareFlight Fundraising and Community Engagement General Manager Trent Osborn said, "As the General Manager of Fundraising for CareFlight, I am honoured to witness the Kakadu Tri emerge as one of CareFlight’s largest community fundraising events. The overwhelming generosity of the Kakadu region and Top End residents, coupled with the unwavering dedication of our event organisers, underscores the profound commitment to CareFlight's lifesaving mission. It is truly heartwarming to see participants and supporters unite in support of such a crucial cause. The funds raised will play a pivotal role in empowering CareFlight to continue delivering essential medical services across our region."

"From 2013 to 2023, the Kakadu Triathlon has raised $125,927.84, and with this year's contribution of $21,117, our total rises to an impressive $147,044.84. These funds play a vital role in sustaining CareFlight's critical services in the Northern Territory."

CareFlight's presence and rapid response capabilities are crucial in providing timely medical assistance to remote areas, ensuring that residents have access to critical care when they need it most. The funds raised from the triathlon will stay in the Territory and help sustain these vital services and support ongoing operational needs.

West Arnhem Regional Council extends its gratitude to all participants, volunteers, and sponsors who made the event possible. Their combined efforts and community spirit demonstrates the strong support for CareFlight and highlights the commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of all residents in the region and across the Top End.