Viewpoint: Feb/Mar 2020

A message to members from RACQ's President Bronwyn Morris.

As we come to the end of summer, which brought some horrific weather conditions and disastrous bushfires, I know many members and their families, friends and communities at home and interstate are counting the cost. On behalf of RACQ, and personally, I extend sympathy to all those directly and indirectly affected by loss of life, property and livelihood. The devastating impact on our beautiful flora and fauna has also been heart-breaking.

I sincerely thank the countless individuals, including our heroic firefighters, who have frequently risked their own lives to help neighbours and complete strangers during their time of need. Your amazing efforts are greatly appreciated by everyone and we salute your bravery.    

Thanks also to all who have given generously both in cash and kind to charities around Australia. There is so much work still to be done but together we will rebuild and support communities to get back on their feet over the months to come. 

One action RACQ has undertaken to assist with the recovery efforts is a donation drive to raise vital funds to build Australia Zoo’s first Koala Intensive Care Unit. Your Club has already donated $20,000 and the call is now going out to our 1.7 million members seeking their support. Fundraising will run until the end of February and every dollar will help build this much-needed, state-of-the-art, climate-controlled facility. To donate or find out more, visit racq.com/koala.

RACQ has been doing our part to remind drivers and the community generally of the dangers of distraction behind the wheel through an education and advertising campaign in recent months. We implore you to set your phones to ‘Do not disturb’ while driving before getting behind the wheel. It is timely to also remind you that much higher fines of $1000 come into place during February for those caught using mobile phones while driving. Please don’t risk your life, the lives of others and your wallet by breaking the law.