Robb College students help to keep Angels in the air

Published 25 October 2010

chequeA cheque for $9,500, the result of a fund-raising campaign by students at the University of New England’s Robb College earlier this year, was presented to Angel Flight during the College’s annual sporting dinner last week.

Money raised by Robb College students during their annual “Project Week” campaign goes to a different charity each year. This year the students – dressed in lab coats and helicopter hats – spent the last week of July raising money for Angel Flight.

Angel Flight, which relies solely on fund-raising and donations to support its work, coordinates non-emergency flights for financially disadvantaged people from rural and regional areas who require specialist medical treatment in capital cities. While the pilots donate their own planes and time, the money is needed for fuel and to discount commercial flights.

“Angel Flight has strong connections with the New England region, helping many local families,” explained Robb College’s Project Officer, Lauren Burke. “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.”

Bill Bristow, the founder and chairman of Angel Flight Australia, and his wife Wendy, attended the dinner to accept the cheque. “This year’s Robbers should be very proud of themselves – not only for their commitment to raise money for Angel Flight, but for achieving such a fantastic amount of money to donate,” Mr Bristow said.

Also at the dinner were 13-year-old Hannah Chaffey, who has the rare chromosomal disorder Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, and her parents Anne and Grahame Chaffey, who are regular passengers with Angel Flight.

THE IMAGE displayed here expands to show (from left) Samantha Ackling (Head of Robb College), Grahame Chaffey and Anne Chaffey with their daughter Hannah, and Bill Bristow, Wendy Bristow and Lauren Burke with the cheque.