Angel Flier

March 22nd, 2018
Angel Flier
Heathfield local and pilot Owen Crees has just recorded his 200th flight in his 1967, four seat Mooney light aircraft for charity organisation Angel Flight which provides non-emergency flights for those facing bad health, poor finances and long distances.

Owen has been a pilot for 40 years,13 of which have been dedicated to Angel Flight.

“I've never been a professional pilot but I have the passion for it and decided to volunteer to help others while doing it,” Owen said.

Owen has dedicated many years and hours to the needs of SA based patients.

“On average I'll fly once a week but sometimes I fly four times a week.”

Owen feels he has accomplished something amazing not just by the many flights he's made but by being a member of Angel Flight.

“It's enormously satisfying to think of how fortunate I've been to be able to fly and it's wonderful to think of how much I've helped,” he said.

Owen is encouraging other pilots to sign up.

“It's amazing to see how much you can help people so I'd encourage others to do it because we really need more pilots,” Owen said.

Pilots from Angel Flight transport patients, medical supplies and blood up to twenty times a day and the organisation has so far clocked up over 21,000 flights since 2003.

Of those flights 60,000 patients, carers and family members have been on board.

“We are immensely grateful for Owen’s contribution and the assistance he has provided to people who really need the help,”s CEO Marjorie Pagani said.

Marjorie emphasised the importance of having Owen as a part of the Angel Flight team.
“200 volunteer flights is an outstanding contribution to the community and Owen has made a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of rural and regional people going through difficult times.
“Pilots like Owen are the backbone of the Angel Flight community and without them Angel Flight wouldn’t exist.”

Marjorie is equally passionate about the NGO.

“I get to do something I love while also providing help for people in the community who need it most,” she said.

“Bill Bristow established the organisation in 2003 when he wanted to combine his love for flying with his passion for social care.”

Angel Flight does not receive Government funding but is funded by private donations from clubs, individuals, deceased estates and companies.

“100 per cent of donations are used to pay for the fuel used by the volunteer pilots and drivers and for the coordination of the Angel Flights from our very small Brisbane office,” Marjorie explained.

Angel flight offers their services to people of all ages that are in need of medical care wherein access to other transport is too physically or emotionally demanding or unaffordable.

All flights are free and are conducted by volunteer pilots using their own planes.
Passengers must be medically stable enough to enter and exit small aircraft unassisted.
In order to receive this help the patient must contact registered help professionals who in turn submit a flight request on their behalf.

If you would like to volunteer for or donate to Angel Flight contact the organisation on 1300 726 567 (toll free) or on (07) 3620 8300.

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