Competition To Raise Money For Orbis Flying Eye Hospital
Two football teams will vye for the chance to out-tug each
other, pulling a DC-10 for a charity fundraiser.
Officials in Victorville, CA devised the fundraiser between
Apple Valley High School and Siverado High School, whose rival
football teams will pull the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital DC-10 with a
long rope, according to the Victorville Valley Press.
The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital DC-10 has been flying around the
world since 1982, and is ready for use in the Far East after a
recent overhaul at the Southern California Logistics Airport.
"The airplane is an old airplane, and we discovered a lot of
problems," Worsham said. FedEx, one of the plane's main
benefactors, helped with the overhaul; Victorville was able to find
a crucial part and fly the plane to Los Angeles for repair.
The plane-pull will take place October 30, on the tarmac of
Southern California Logistics Airport in a battle of speed and
endurance to raise money for residents of third world countries
that need glasses, or have other eye related ailments, but can't
According to the World Health Organization about 75 percent of
those who are blind can be cured.
For the eye care fundraiser, the footbal teams will compete in
uniform during the tug-fest.
"They'll be wearing gloves and football helmets, and the team
that gets to 20 meters first wins," said Jim Worsham, business
development director at SCLA, who was instrumental in making
Victorville Orbis' US home.
After the race there will be an endurance test to determine the
minimum amount of people that can pull the 350,000-pound plane.
This event is a rehearsal for a similar fundraising event
planned in Macau in December, where five corporate sponsors will
compete, and will pay $10,000 each for the opportunity.
City officials will present the chairman of Orbis a check from
the event in Victorville, on October, 26.