I don’t think I know one person who hasn’t been touched by cancer. My aunt died of breast cancer at the age of 39; my husband’s mother died of cancer when he was seven, and my father in law has recently battled (and won) a nasty attack of bowel cancer.
One in ten women – including my self and my lovely sister in law – know what it’s like to have an irregular pap smear result; and I’ve been having breast cancer screening since I was 29.
Whether we like it or not, cancer is part of our lives.
With that in mind, it’s with huge pleasure that I take part in the Women Pilots’ Relay of Flight to raise funds for the Cancer Council. As a private pilot with around 600 hours, I’ll find any reason I can to fly, and there can be no better reason than flying to raise awareness about something that is such a huge presence in all of our lives.
I’m excited to be carrying the baton from Mallacoota to Merimbula on my way home to Sydney from the Avalon Air Show. As a member of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association, I’m proud to be part of a team of women, from all walks the aviation sector – from balloons to 737s – who are so committed to raising public awareness in a way that’s fun and adventurous.
Additionally, as a member of the AvPlan EFB team – who are supplying an iPad with a full version of AvPlan EFB for the duration of the relay – I’m thrilled to be contributing in a practical way that ensures improved situational awareness for the team.
I’d like to thank my dear friend Andrew Andersen, for permitting me to fly his lovely C182 – VH-OPA – for this leg of the trip.
If you’d like to sponsor me as part of the Relay Team, please click here
Onwards and Upwards!