31 May 2024

Last chance to make Coen’s Jodi Queensland’s overall RFDS Local Hero

| Cape York Weekly
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Coen’s Jodi Hamilton is in the running to be crowed the overall 2024 RFDS Queensland Local Hero, and Cape York residents have until 6 June to cast their vote of support. Photo: Supplied.

Cape York residents have until Thursday to make Coen aged and palliative care advocate Jodi Hamilton the 2024 Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland Local Hero.

Ms Hamilton was crowned as the Cairns region winner of the award in May, and supporters have until 6 June to cast their vote to get her across the line as the overall state winner of the prestigious gong.

Ms Hamilton’s regional win came on the back of her tireless work to ensure those living in remote parts of Cape York can die in their hometown with dignity.

“It’s really hard in these small towns, because when someone falls ill, they need to be taken away for medical treatment and if it’s not successful, they’re not necessarily coming home in time,” she said.

If Ms Hamilton can claim the overall Local Hero award, it would top out a big two years for Cape York, with Wolverton Station’s Emma Jackson announced as the 2022 winner.

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RFDS (Queensland Section) chief executive officer Meredith Staib emphasised the extraordinary efforts of this year’s regional winners, adding their achievements often went under the radar.

“There are unsung heroes in every region whose remarkable achievements often go unnoticed, yet the impact of their hard work and dedication is felt deeply in their local communities,” Ms Staib said.

“It’s a collective endeavour, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all winners and nominees for their relentless dedication to community welfare.”

To show your support for Ms Hamilton, visit the RFDS Local Hero Awards website and cast your vote.

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