The course was held in the cinema complex at the Te Ahu Community Centre. There were 110 students from 6 schools around the Kaitaia District. The programme consisted of 5 sessions, each two hours long. Of the 110 students, 98% completed the syllabus. This is a remarkable success. Assignments to be completed by the students were done in class. This allowed the teachers to collect 100% of the prepared booklets that had been handed out at the beginning of each session. The assignments were marked. We noted a major improvement in the students over the 5 classes. In session 1, 9.5% of the students achieved an excellent marking. By session 4, the level of excellence had risen to 27%. This demonstrated to us a willingness to learn and apply that learning. The level of attention during the 2 hour intense sessions was remarkable.
We have held the view for a long time that our flights can help more than just the immediate project. For example, if Child Flight was flying down to Christchurch to undertake a flight for "kids in wheelchairs" this means the aircraft flies down to Christchurch with available seats and back. Because we are a charity, we provide flights for free. Our aim would be to accommodate passengers in need of help, particularly those who are infirm, have a disability, or need non urgent transport to a local hospital. The idea is to help those who would otherwise be exposed to the stressful rigours of public transport, having to wait in queues, loading wheelchairs, bound by airline schedules and non-direct flights. At the moment we are VFR, meaning we only fly in visual meteorological conditions. Eventually we will work our way to IFR where we can fly all-weather. IF THERE IS A PROGRAMMER OUT THERE WHO COULD HELP US WITH THIS CONCEPT PLEASE CONTACT CHRIS JORDAN ON 021 506292.
We have started a Givealittle page for Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand. There are over 7000 sufferers. Our mission for raising funds will start in Hamilton at the end of February. We will give Troy a flight in the Piper Lance over Hamilton. The intention is to take our flights to Kaitaia, Whangarei, Tauranga and Whakatane. These flights have been fully sponsored by the Z Energy group. We are hoping to raise funds in each area we fly into; this will be passed onto the Cerebral Palsy Society. Troy and the aircraft are pictured below:
We have had an interesting start to the New Year. We met Claire Freeman in Auckland who is doing her PhD at AUT. We have asked if she would be interested in becoming our ambassador and she is keen. We will meet up with Claire again in March when we are in Christchurch completing the penultimate leg of "kids in wheelchairs"
We flew to Kaitaia yesterday to complete the final planning for the large Curious Minds Class to be undertaken in the Te Ahu community centre. This class will be made up of 110 students from 5 schools in the Far North. We are proud to be associated with Foundation North who have sponsored this event which will be from 19th March through to 23rd March.
7 Destinations including Hamilton. Flying North to Kaitaia first stop then down East Coast of North island with stops at Whangarei, Tauranga, Whakatane. From there to Rangiora, Taieri and then home to Hamilton.
We are working with the owner of ZK-EIB a six seat Piper Lance this year. The Charity is being supported by Z Energy Limited to provide additional flights during 2018. This aircraft has the capability of taking five passengers up at a time. One of the first missions this year will be to fly this aircraft to at least 5 centres around NZ giving the freedom of flight to kids in wheelchairs.