‘Flying doctors’ to raise funds for Angel Flight

Published 23 July 2010

propStudents living at the University of New England’s Robb College will be raising funds for Angel Flight during the College’s annual Project Week from the 26th of July to the 1st of August. Throughout the week, the fund-raising students will be seen in and around Armidale wearing doctors’ lab coats and brightly coloured helicopter hats.

Robb College has been conducting its annual Project Week fund-raising activities for many years, choosing a different charity each year. Angel Flight co-ordinates non-emergency flights for financially disadvantaged people living in rural and regional areas who require specialist medical treatment in capital cities. This service – right across Australia – is provided by pilots who donate their planes and their time. Angel Flight relies solely on fund-raising and donations to fund its work.

“The money raised will go straight to the organisation to buy fuel for the ‘angel flights’ and to discount commercial flights,” said Robb College’s Project Officer, Lauren Burke.

“The students will be raising money through donations, and will be selling tickets all week for a raffle with prizes donated by local Armidale businesses,” Lauren said. “On Friday the 30th of August they will be going around Armidale in wheelchairs, promoting the good work that Angel Flight does and raising money for the cause. They will be seen at the Grand Hotel at lunchtime and the Wicklow Hotel at 4:30 pm. They will also be conducting a barbecue outside Tattersalls Hotel at lunchtime on Friday.

“On Sunday they will be having a golf day at the Armidale Golf Club, which costs $20 to participate. Members of the public are most welcome to come and enjoy a brilliant day out, while contributing to the services that Angel Flight provides.”

“Angel Flight has strong connections with the New England region, helping many local families,” Lauren explained. “As Robb College accommodates many rural and regional students, we are proud to be supporting this worthy charity that helps rural families gain access to the medical attention they require.”

Anyone who wishes to support the Robb College students in raising money for Angel Flight can visit the Robb College office, or contact the office on (02) 6773 1700.

Clicking on the image displayed here reveals a photograph of Robb College students preparing for Project Week. They are (from left) Holly Ebbeck, Abbi Pratten, Matt Warne, Flora MacSmith, Camilla Bailey, and Phoebe Garling.