Queenslanders helping Queenslanders

No matter what cause, helping Queensland is in our DNA.

RACQ has a proud history of helping the Queensland community and this year we’ve continued to support initiatives and take action on causes close to the hearts of our members. 

From funding a potentially life-saving vaccine to supporting members after weather events, we’re proud to put Queenslanders first. 

Saving koalas

Following a devastating bushfire season,  RACQ and our members started the new year by raising more than $70,000 to build Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital's first Koala Intensive Care Unit (KICU).

Director of Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Dr Rosie Booth said the KICU helped to rehabilitate injured koalas and future-proof Queensland’s koala population.

“We are so grateful for the support of RACQ and its members contributing to our efforts to assist hundreds of koalas that desperately need our help,” Dr Booth said. 

Our UQ COVID-19 research appeal

We want to do all we can to protect Queenslanders against outbreaks of COVID-19 now and into the future and one way we’ve been able to achieve this is by supporting leading-edge research in our own state.

The cancellation of several of our community events, including RACQ MotorFest, enabled us to donate $100,000 to help fund The University of Queensland’s (UQ) efforts to fast-track the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Through the support of our members and the Queensland community, UQ reached its fundraising target to develop a vaccine candidate, a project which has the potential to change lives around the world.

Early results from the vaccine trial are promising and it is expected to enter phase two of clinical trials in December. 

Springfield superstorm

We brought in a local support team to help our members in Springfield, who were impacted by a superstorm on 31 October, process their insurance claims.

Our Mobile Member Centre (MMC), a fully equipped “branch on wheels”, set up at Springfield Orion shopping centre, where an RACQ branch is also located, to enable us to help twice as many members with their insurance claims each day.

The RACQ insurance team worked hard to ensure more than 5600 claims for damage caused by giant hailstones, torrential rain and strong wind gusts were processed for members. 

Visit our Storm Hub to ensure you’re prepared for storm season.

Look back on 2020 with RACQ’s year in review