Joy flight gift to the kids
Monday, 21st May, 2012
By Emily Roberts
Delegates to this week’s Resources and Energy Symposium have chipped in to give the children of Broken Hill a treat.
One of the delegates, Professor Ian Plimer, said the idea came from a group of 20 ambassadors from the resources sector who had flown to the city on a 60-year-old aeroplane.
“During the flight someone said ‘Why don’t we pass a hat around to pay for fuel and the crew to take some children up for a flight?’,” Professor Plimer said.
“We ended up having too much money so we have enough for a second trip.”
The first joy flight will be for 30 children and their carers from Silverlea Early Intervention Centre.
To get enough people for the second trip, Prof. Plimer said he would like Year 10 students to email him, in 50 words or less, why Broken Hill was important to Australia.
“The best 28 entries will be notified by SMS and can come out to the airport before 4.30pm this afternoon.”
Prof Plimer said the flight was free and the kids can bring their cameras.
“The plane carries 40 and we have a crew of 12. People who get to go on the flight can look in the cockpit, at the navigation, sleeping quarters,” he said.
“The plane has business class seats.”
Prof. Plimer said the aircraft is owned by the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and was the first transnational carrier in Australia and the only one still flying today.
To submit the entries email Ian.Plimer@Adelaide.edu.au before 2pm today with your mobile number.