FUNdraising Flight From Sydney To Fabulous Fraser Island
QUEENSLAND: It's been billed a day trip with a difference – and with good reason. There's just under a month to go until a Qantas 737 takes to the skies and heads 1500km north, from Sydney to Hervey Bay, on the ultimate day trip to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
The annual Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight will provide Sydneysiders with the ideal excuse to escape the harbour city for the day and visit the world's largest sand island – Fraser Island. Monies raised on this 'ultimate day out' will benefit the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, with last year's flight raising over $100,000!
Tickets are $800 per person and include:
- Return flights from Sydney to Hervey Bay on a private Qantas Charter with celebrity host, (best-selling author and Ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children), Tara Moss.
- Private boat transfer across the Great Sandy Strait to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
- Guided wallum walk at Kingfisher Bay Resort followed by bush-inspired canapés and a gourmet lunch.
- A private 4WD tour and afternoon tea at stunning Lake McKenzie – a fresh water lake perched in a golden sand dune.
Qantas Pathfinders Coordinator, Kaye Bailey, said the concept of the flight was FUN and simple.
"Each year we fly to a fantastic Australian destination that most of us have never visited before," she said. "And while we are at it we raise money for a great charity, whilst having a fabulous time."
"Qantas donates the aircraft; Cabin and Tech Crews donate their time; Q Catering donates the in-flight catering; Sydney and Fraser Coast airports have waived the landing fees and AirServices Australia the air charges; local suppliers – like the Fraser Coast Council - offer generous support; and Shell donates the fuel."
This year, all funds raised from the event will go towards helping children on the RIDBC Teleschool service – which uses technology such as videoconferencing, to provide education and support to children with hearing or vision impairment and their families living in rural and regional areas of Australia.
QUEENSLAND: It's been billed a day trip with a difference – and with good reason.
The annual Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight will provide Sydneysiders with the ideal excuse to escape the harbour city on the ultimate day escape to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. It's a great day out for a good cause. All monies raised will be donated to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.
ALL ABOARD! The Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight takes off Saturday, 5 November 2011, departing Sydney for Hervey Bay at 0645 and returning around 2000.
Tickets cost $800 per person and include return private chartered flights with celebrity host Tara Moss; private boat charter to Fraser Island; Ranger-guided wallum walk; bush tucker-inspired canapés and gourmet lunch at Kingfisher Bay Resort; and 4WD Ranger guided tour to beautiful Lake McKenzie with afternoon tea.
Pathfinders is a committee based in the Qantas community which raises funds for the Royal Institute For Deaf and Blind Children. Since its formation in 1967, it has raised over $6 million and is one of the most successful fundraising committees in Australia. The committee draws its members from across Qantas including cabin crew, ground staff, technical crew and former Qantas staff members.
The Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight is now a popular fixture in the Pathfinder's fundraising calendar, having kicked off its inaugural fundraising flight to Longreach ten years ago.
The Royal Institute For Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) provides a wide range of innovative educational programs for children with hearing and/or vision impairment, across Australia. Over 1000 children with significant vision and/or hearing impairment are benefiting from RIDBC's broad range of tailored services. As well, RIDBC provides vision and hearing screening to more than 2000 babies and children each year.
Educating and supporting children from their first weeks of life, this support continues for a long as needed, which may be right through their teenage years, providing education and specialised assistance to them and their families. The RIDBC's Renwick Centre conducts research and professional studies in the field of education of children with sensory impairment. Through education, RIDBC seeks to close the gap between the life experiences of children with hearing and/or vision impairment, and those without.
Additional Quotes By RIDBC Ambassador, Tara Moss
"The annual Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight provides an ideal excuse to get away for a day while raising money for a great cause. Last year's flight raised over $100 000 for RIDBC Teleschool for children in rural and regional Australia."
"This will be my 9th Qantas Pathfinders Charity Flight and it's always a sell-out event. The passengers really enjoy the chance to tick off a place on their bucket list to visit – like Fraser Island."
The Royal Institute For Deaf and Blind Children Tess Cosgrove - Phone +61 2 9872 0304 or Zoë Myers - +61 2 9872 0334