Fourth edition of the DHL Express plane pull in aid of Puttinu Cares
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.facebook.com/Plan ePullMalta/?ref=br_rs, fill in their name, ID number, signature and preferred time of participation and send it to email@example.com.
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