|by Bill Bawden, PRO|
18 March 2006
AIRCREW HELP TO UGANDAN ORPHANS
The subject of the illustrated talk by the guest speakers at the March meeting of the Woking Branch of the AirCrew Association marked a departure from the usual fare of service and aviation matters. Geoff and Geraldine Booker, the founders and mainstays of the Quicken Trust, gave an alternating heart-breaking and heart-warming account of their charity's work to bring practical help to the people, and particularly the many orphans, of the village of Kabubba in central Uganda. By providing schools, clean water supplies, medical facilities and other assistance, they have helped to transform an impoverished community that had been ravaged by malaria and AIDS. More information can be seen at www.quickentrust.com.
The Branch, which has already given almost £1,000 to service and local charities over the past year, was pleased to make a further donation to help in this humanitarian work.
Members of the branch were very hospitably received when they travelled to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to visit the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and 29 Squadron, the first to be equipped with the Typhoon ("Eurofighter"). It was a day of contrasts; the BBMF provided the nostalgia for the visitors, while the Typhoon showed the immense advances that have been made since the time of their own experiences in aviation.
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