Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Coastie # 3 - Featuring Angel Flights

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The Coastie Nr3 has been delivered to T-Coast letterboxes today. Again there has been some good feedback fueling our efforts for our next issue.

The current Coastie features the story of Local Tutukaka Coast "returning" resident Lance Weller who is currently setting up the volunteer charity service Angel Flight NZ.

Last week, I've had the opportunity to meet Lance over the phone and get a sense of what his generous mission is about.


Angel Flights are a service available to people who are in need of medical support and have to travel long distances to get to a place of specialist care like a hospital facility in a large city.

Often, financial distress adds to the hardship factor for people in such a situation.

Source: Whangarei Flying Club Newsletter Jan 2012
Angel flights have been available to Canadians, Australians and Americans for some time. Lance Weller thought it's about time to make a start here in NZ. Lance has flown 6 Angel Flight missions abroad. In Australia 12000 missions have been flown by volunteer pilots and their planes in the past 8 years.

Weller says several pilots from the local Whangarei Flying Club have already put their hands up to volunteer as Angel Flight pilots.

Angel Flight NZ will be able to take someone from Kaitaia to Auckland Hospital in about 1 hour instead of the journey taking about 5 hours or so by regular means.

Lance Weller is looking for more pilots and "Earth Angels". Contact details are in the wanted section of The Coastie Nr3. (see the Coastie archive)