Men’s Shed dol­lars lift the wings for An­gel Flight

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

WHEN a cou­ple of blokes rocked into Dubbo Photo News last week, we didn’t ex­pect one of them to say he’s an Earth An­gel, gen­uinely mean it, and not have some se­ri­ous tick­ets on him­self.

Earth An­gels are in fact a name given to vol­un­teer Earth-bound driv­ers who pick up and de­liver sick kids to the airport or home again, to con­nect with their An­gel Flight ser­vice.

Barry Joseph is one such an­gel and Rick Young from the South Dubbo Veter­ans and Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed dropped in with him to share the news about a $1000 do­na­tion.

“We raised the money through a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, like the boot sale, sausage siz­zles and do­ing up old fur­ni­ture,” Rick said. The $1000 will go a long way – lit­er­ally – to­ward sup­port­ing the An­gel Flight ser­vice which in turn is kept in the air by vol­un­teer pi­lots in air­craft they rent or own.

An­gel Flight trans­ports fi­nan­cially needy fam­i­lies to where they need to be to get med­i­cal help.

“So the pi­lot might have to fly from Dubbo to Co­bar to pick up a child, then fly to Bankstown and home again,” ex­plained Barry. “That’s about $2000 right there.”

Pi­lots fre­quently wear the costs them­selves but in the case of one local who owns a num­ber of fran­chise out­lets around NSW, and flies around to man­age them, he turns a busi­ness trip into an An­gel Flight when he can.

It’s an­other great ex­am­ple of a com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion like the South Dubbo Men’s Shed, (which is just $5 to join) mak­ing a gen­uine dif­fer­ence in fam­ily’s lives across the re­gion through a lit­tle ef­fort on the ground, to keep char­i­ties like An­gel Flight in the air.

Well done!

About An­gel Flight

An­gel Flight pi­lots don’t carry aeromed­i­cal staff or med­i­cal equip­ment and don’t act as an al­ter­na­tive to the Fly­ing Doc­tor (RFDS) or an air am­bu­lance, but rather make what can be long, ar­du­ous road trips for sick kids, eas­ier to bear. Do­na­tions are tax de­ductible. If you’re a pi­lot and would like to help, visit the An­gel Flight web­site.

The Men’s Shed

z South Dubbo Veter­ans and Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed

z 60 Palmer Street, Dubbo

z Phone: 6882 0199

z New Mem­bers wel­come.

Fly­ing Doc’s new men­tal health part­ner­ship

DR Ai-vee Chua is the first Dubbo GP to start work­ing with the new Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice South Eastern Sec­tion (RFDS SE) Men­tal Health Nurse Sup­port Ser­vice to help peo­ple with se­vere and com­plex men­tal health prob­lems.

Peo­ple with a di­ag­nos­able men­tal ill­ness, will­ing to par­tic­i­pate in ther­a­peu­tic rec­om­men­da­tions and re­view and who do not need an acute re­sponse, can get a re­fer­ral from Dr Chua which will re­sult in a re­sponse within 48 hours with a com­pre­hen­sive men­tal health as­sess­ment.

In­di­vid­ual treat­ment plans will be tai­lored to the needs of each client.

Youth Ex­change pro­gram in­for­ma­tion night

YOUTH aged be­tween 14 to 18 years are in­vited to at­tend an in­for­ma­tion night about future Ro­tary Youth Ex­change op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Stu­dents not yet ready are still en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate to find out what’s in­volved.

Ro­tary Youth Ex­change pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for high school stu­dents to live and study abroad.

Stu­dents spend up to 50 weeks liv­ing and study­ing in a for­eign coun­try with adopted host fam­i­lies, build­ing good­will and un­der­stand­ing be­tween coun­tries and de­vel­op­ing per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity and ma­tu­rity.

The in­for­ma­tion night will take place at Club Dubbo, 6.30pm, Thurs­day, March 22.

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

Earth An­gel Barry Joseph re­ceives $1000 gen­er­ously do­nated by the South Dubbo Veter­ans and Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed rep­re­sented by Rick Young.

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