|by Bill Bawden, PRO|
21 July 2009
The guest speakers at the July meeting of the Aircrew Association were Adrian Waite and Richard Tomes, two of the trustees of the charity Aviation Without Borders.
Based at Heathrow, AWB was formed three years ago and follows the footsteps of Aviation Sans Frontieres, an internationally renowned French charity, and works alongside similar organisations from several European countries.
Adrian and Richard described the work undertaken including utilising spare cargo space on commercial aircraft to transport humanitarian supplies, operating five aircraft within Africa and raising funds to support these projects.
AWB's work with children includes providing passages and escorts to bring young patients from Africa to the UK for treatment at Great Ormond Street and other hospitals and taking them home again after recovery. At home "Smiling Wings Days" are organised at many aerodromes around the country to enable underprivileged and disabled children to have a day out and to be taken for a flight in a light aeroplane. Details of all these activities may be seen at www.aviationwithoutborders.org.
The ACA members were greatly impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by all concerned with this charity and made a generous donation at the end of the presentation.
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