Fourth edi­tion of the DHL Ex­press plane pull in aid of Put­tinu Cares

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

DHL Ex­press has launched the fourth edi­tion of the Plane Pull Malta to raise funds for the Put­tinu Cares Foun­da­tion. Teams of 20-25 mem­bers have a chal­lenge: to pull a DHL Ex­press Boe­ing 757, weigh­ing 60 tons, for a dis­tance of 20 me­tres in the fastest pos­si­ble time. The char­ity event is tak­ing place on Fri­day, 21 Septem­ber (a na­tional hol­i­day), from 10.30am to 4pm at Safi Avi­a­tion Park (Gate 8).

Ev­ery­one can par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or as a group. To take part, each can­di­date is be­ing asked to do­nate a mod­est par­tic­i­pa­tion fee of €15. All they need to do is to down­load the en­try form from the Face­book page Plane Pull Malta https://www.face­ ePul­lMalta/?ref=br_rs, fill in their name, ID num­ber, sig­na­ture and pre­ferred time of par­tic­i­pa­tion and send it to

If an in­di­vid­ual wishes to take part, s/he will then be as­signed to a group; if a group of 20-25 per­sons wishes to take part, then all the names, ID card num­bers and sig­na­tures are re­quired on the en­try form.

Dur­ing the event, each team will be given one of four time slots in which to suc­cess­fully pull the air­craft: 11am to noon; noon to 1pm; 1 to 2pm or 2 to 3pm. For the safety of the par­tic­i­pants, an en­gi­neer will be in the pi­lot’s seat to ap­ply the brakes at the end of each pull and a sec­ond en­gi­neer will be on the ground to give the other en­gi­neer in­struc­tions.

“I’m glad to be able to re­new this friendly com­pe­ti­tion to raise funds for the Put­tinu Cares Foun­da­tion,” said Charles Schi­avone, man­ager of DHL Ex­press Malta. “In the first three edi­tions, the event at­tracted hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants and raised over €7,000 for char­ity.

“The time to beat this year is 31.31 sec­onds set last year. So, par­tic­i­pants don’t for­get your gloves and make sure you are full of en­ergy to break this record.”

Dr Vic­tor Cal­vagna, chair­man of the Put­tinu Cares Foun­da­tion, thanked DHL Ex­press for once again choos­ing the foun­da­tion’s cause this year and all par­tic­i­pants who in­tended to pa­tro­n­ise this char­ity event. “We hope peo­ple will still be en­thu­si­as­tic to par­tic­i­pate and to con­trib­ute to our cause − to help fam­i­lies with chil­dren suf­fer­ing from can­cer,” he said.

One of the teams tak­ing part in Plane Pull Malta 3 – wear­ing gloves is go­ing to be manda­tory this year for health and safety rea­sons

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