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Mr. Westie Binjari
Mr. Westie Binjari was awarded with two return Rex flights when named the Person of the Year at Mornington Island.

Fifty-seven year old Mr. Binjari spends most of his time caring for his sick wife who has been diagnosed with renal failure due to diabetes, a disease that too many suffer from in the community.

He is described as humble and friendly by the community, and is considered a poster boy for Aussie men according to the Mornington Shire Mayor Brad Wilson.

On Mornington Island there are two dialysis machines that are required for his wife’s treatment. However, there is usually no one available to operate them. So Mr. Binjari, showing his kind hearted nature, undertook training to administer the treatment himself instead of making the costly move to Mount Isa or Townsville for treatment.

Unfortunately his wife is too sick to travel, so Mr. Binjari exchanged the flights for a voucher at the local supermarket.


Winner of the 125km course Troy Herfoss in the Rex cycling jersey
On 13-14 June Rex sponsored the 2015 Wagga Wagga Cycling Classic. The Cycling Classic is one of the many cycling events in Wagga Wagga that displays the town’s true passion for cycling with entrants arriving from all over NSW and Victoria.

The winner of the 125km course was Troy Herfoss of the Goulburn Cycling Club. He is a professional motorbike racer and rides push bikes to keep him fit. Troy is the current Australian Superbike Champion and has also won other Australian and international motorcycle championships.

As a prize, Rex provided a voucher for two return flights from Wagga to Sydney or Melbourne. Rex also provided a Rex cycling jersey which was presented to Troy.


Grafton’s palliative care ward at Grafton Base Hospital received some much needed funds following a successful fundraiser appeal organised by local charity, Friends Who Care in May 2015. Over 300 people attended the Beatles themed gala night and all proceeds from the event have been used to purchase equipment or furnishings for the ward to provide terminally ill patients with the best quality of life.

Friends Who Care started when two friends came together to raise funds for their local Grafton community. Over the past four years they have raised over $40,000 with all proceeds from their events used to purchase much needed equipment for the oncology and the palliative care wards at Grafton Base Hospital. Their aim is simple: to make the lives of Grafton people more comfortable during these difficult times.

Rex provided 2 return flights between Grafton and Sydney which were combined with accommodation in Sydney donated by Grafton Travel, managed by Rex airport agent Corey Bertalli.

Prize winner Betty Dukes.


Alfie Aplin with Sergeant Campbell
The 2015 annual Doomadgee Police Fishing Classic held in late March dwarfed previous year’s events with more than 200 community members taking part. The event, proudly hosted by the Doomadgee Police, was this year sponsored by Regional Express, and saw some fine anglers battling it out in a fishing marathon competition over two full days.

Originally, the event was centred on the Doomadgee Police and their passion for fishing but was quickly extended to the broader community. It shows community members how fun and exciting fishing can be, and provides recreational activities to families in some of the most remote parts of the state.

Rex provided the major prize of two return airfares to Mount Isa or Cairns. This year’s major prize winner Oswald “Ozzie” Punjaub impressed the judges, hauling a 6.2kg catfish outweighing last year’s winner Edith Daly’s catch by 1.5kg.

“I never thought I would win. I saw some big barra being caught while fishing out at Corinda Lake that I was sure would beat me,” said Ozzie.

Jarlym Ned with his catch of the day


In 2015, Regional Express sponsored the ‘Regional Woman of the Year’ award, one of the five categories included in the NSW Woman of the Year Awards 2015. The other categories were: the Premier's Award for Woman of the Year, Harvey Norman's Young Woman of the Year Award, A.H. Beard's Community Hero Award and Local Women of the Year.

The Awards recognise the outstanding contribution women across NSW make to industry, community and society.

The Awards Ceremony was held at Parliament House on Wednesday 4 March where Director Ron Bartsch presented the Rex Award to the winner for the Regional Woman of the Year 2015, Barbara Cowley.

Barbara helps young women in the Hunter Valley develop their own personal worth, strength and purpose through a group mentoring and personal development program called SHINE. SHINE aims to help young women realise their potential and prevent problems such as drug and alcohol abuse.

Barbara became a volunteer with the program in 2013 and, realising its far reaching potential, a dedicated fundraiser shortly after. In 2014, in lieu of regular birthday celebrations, Barbara created a new fundraising event called ShineWALK180.

Rex Independant Director Ron Bartsch with Rex Airlines’ Regional Woman of
the Year Award finalists and Minister for Women, The Hon. Pru Goward.



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