Last month brought about an amazing milestone for the Angel Flight community with the completion of its 20,000th mission.
Angel Flight is a charity that coordinates non-emergency flights for country people who are dealing with the triple threat of bad health, poor finances and daunting distances.
The service sees pilots like Armidale’s Nicolas Oxley donate their time and aircraft to complete missions while Earth Angels, also known as drivers, donate their time and cars to transport patients from the airport to their appointments and back again.
Former owner of the Goldfish Bowl and a computer programmer by trade, Mr Oxley has just reached 10 flights with the charity organisation and said he found his part-time volunteering to be a very rewarding experience.
“I have been doing it for about a year,” he said.
“I’m a pilot in my spare time and I wanted to fly to help people out in some way.”
Angel Flight CEO Marjorie Pagani said the milestone was a massive achievement for the 6000 people involved in the organisation.