Mon, Oct 11, 2004
Raising Money For Vision-Impaired Kids
Gerald Gossens is flying across
Queensland, Australia in an ultralight. It's a money-raising trip
designed to drum up money for the Royal Blind Foundation. Gossens
is deputy CEO of the foundation. He's also blind.
"Obviously flying a plane for a person who is totally blind,
your reliance obviously on the trust and support of your co-pilot
who provides you not only with the altitude but also the direction
of that plane," he said.
It's called the Flight For Sight. Gossens departed Sunday from
Emerald, Queensland, headed for Charters Towers and Cairns.
"Yesterday we went out to the Emerald races after landing here
and were able to raise in excess of $3,500," he told the Australian
Broadcasting Company. "We're looking to raise in excess of
AU$85,000 through the AMP Flight for Sight and those services will
go to kids who are blind or vision impaired."
What's the toughest part about the flight? Well, aside from the
fact that the pilot is completely blind, it seems the biggest
problem is the brushfires raging in the Outback.
"Yesterday was fairly challenging conditions, "he said. "We flew
through a lot of smoke and amazing lot of bushfires throughout
central Queensland in excess of 55 fires we saw between Toowoomba
and Emerald yesterday."
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