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AV flies into Royal Children鈥檚 Hospital Good Friday Appeal

April 2, 2024 | in News

AV6K成人网鈥檚 (AV) air ambulance made a special visit to an aspiring helicopter pilot on Friday, as part of The Royal Children鈥檚 Hospital (RCH) Good Friday Appeal.

15-year-old James, who dreams of a career in aviation, was delighted to get up close and personal with the flight crew.

15-year-old James is seated in a wheelchair and in front of the AV6K成人网 helicopter. Four AV6K成人网 flight paramedics are beside James.

AV6K成人网 flight paramedics were delighted to meet with aspiring pilot, 15-year-old James, at the Royal Children鈥檚 Hospital. Photo: Alvin Aquino.

Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) Flight Paramedic, Darren Hodge has attended the RCH on Good Friday for several years, and said it was always a special experience.

鈥淚t鈥檚 a treat for the children and us,鈥 he said.

鈥淎fter 39 years as a paramedic, I can say responding to cases with children is the hardest thing we do, so these visits are very rewarding.

鈥淲e鈥檙e fortunate to have one of the best trauma hospitals in the southern hemisphere and it鈥檚 important to support them.鈥

This year鈥檚 RCH Good Friday Appeal had an extra tie to AV, with Warragul Paramedic Jacob Every鈥檚 two-year-old son Finley, being one of the Faces of the Appeal.

Finley was born with myelomeningocele 鈥 a severe form of spina bifida and at six weeks old was diagnosed with bilateral vocal cord paralysis.

Finley has already undergone four major surgeries, various MRIs, x-rays and scope studies and requires regular care and treatment from specialist teams at the RCH.

In support of Finley and the RCH, AV employees attended the 3AW Climb for the Kids event and participated in the recent Run for the Kids.

This year鈥檚 Good Friday Appeal raised over $23 million dollars for the RCH with all funds helping to provide world-class care to patients and families by funding research, state-of-the-art equipment and technology and family care programs.