Ninety-year old Busselton resident Allen Scott has been fundraising for the Royal Flying Doctor Service for 24 years.
Mr Scott activates his community to support the RFDS by encouraging donations of locally grown fruit and vegetables for production of homemade jams, relish and marmalade.
Mr Scott and his partners in crime, Delys Forest and Jan Jones, create approximately 10 flavours of jam, a couple of different relishes and any sort of marmalade you could think of.
They take the jarred goods and a Flying Doctor table cloth to the local markets at Signal Park every Sunday to set up shop and fundraise for the RFDS.
Well known among the local community, Mr Scott receives plenty of donations and support towards his fundraising goals.
"The other day we were given 400 kilograms of tomatoes by someone from the community. We sold them and made $400 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service," he said.
The other day we were given 400 kilograms of tomatoes by someone from the community. We sold them and made $400 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.Allen Scott
Important contributors to the RFDS, each year Mr Allen, Ms Jones and Ms Forest raise around $10,500.
So far this year, they have made 4,600 bottles of jam where all proceeds (currently around $6,000) are donated to RFDS Western Operations.
A prominent supporter of the RFDS, Mr Scott was awarded 2020 Senior Citizen of the Year on Australia Day for his volunteer work and contributions towards the Busselton Historical Society, the Probus Club of Vasse, Busselton Hospital's Auxiliary and the RFDS.
"We know that the RFDS is here for us if we need them and that they provide an important service," Mr Scott said.
"I have always liked them [the RFDS] and have donated to them when I can."
The RFDS are humbled to have dedicated volunteers such as Mr Scott who come up with creative ways to raise funds for their service.
Be sure to visit Mr Scott, Ms Jones and Ms Forest at the Sunday markets at Signal Park to try their new lilly pilly flavoured jam and support the RFDS.