Fly for the kids

Meet Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg from The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) at AIRSHOW 2017.

Andrew will be onsite from 3-5 March with his aircraft until he takes off from the Airshow on Sunday to start his solo Australia wide journey to ‘Fly for the Kids’.

You can chat to Andrew about his aircraft, learn about the places he will visit along the way and how you can follow him on his solo trip.

Most importantly you can also learn why he is flying solo for the kids and donate to his fundraising cause (as a part of the 2017 Good Friday Appeal) to support the Complex Movement Disorders Program at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

What is Fly for the Kids?

In March 2017, Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg from The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) will take off on a fundraising adventure like no other as he circumnavigates Australia – flying solo!

Andrew’s fundraising mission is inspired by the brave and courageous patients and families who are cared for by the RCH. Planned over 27 days, Andrew’s adventure will include stopping off to visit RCH patients around the country.

Time away from Melbourne 27 days
Distance travelled 27,000 + km
Places visited 37
Patients visited 8
Fuel consumed 2,365 litres
Time in air 64 hrs, 36 mins
Longest sector
(Ceduna SA – Caiguna WA)
4 hrs, 7 mins
Shortest sector
(Sydney NSW – Wollongong NSW)
21 mins

Join Andrew and the Good Friday Appeal on this fundraising journey and help us Fly for the Kids. Learn more about how you can get involved here.

Funds raised will be donated to the 2017 Good Friday Appeal to support the Complex Movement Disorders Program at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

The RCH Complex Movement Disorders Program will greatly improve the lives of children and young people with conditions affecting their movement.

These life-limiting and progressive disorders include:

  • Genetic dystonias: involuntary muscle contractions that cause slow repetitive movements or painful abnormal postures
  • Cerebral palsy: a lack of muscle control affecting body movement, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance
  • Acquired brain injury: damage to the brain occurring after birth that affects cognitive, physical, emotional and independent functioning.
  • Neurodegenerative diseases: a range of incurable and debilitating conditions that result in progressive degeneration and death of nerve cells causing problems with movement or mental functioning.

The Complex Movement Disorders Program features a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, developmental medicine specialists, rehabilitation specialists, orthopaedic surgeons, and allied health professionals like physiotherapists, occupational therapists and neuropsychologists working together to provide comprehensive and world-leading care.

They will provide innovative and intensive therapies that decrease pain, increase motor function and improve their quality of life. One of these therapies is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), a surgical treatment that disrupts abnormal brain activity. An electrode is implanted into a patient’s brain, which is accompanied by a pacemaker-type device called a pulse generator. The generator produces electrical impulses in the electrode that override the abnormal brain activity. Often used in patients resistant to other forms of treatment, DBS can enable them to walk and talk again.

For further information on the Complex Movement Disorders Program and also to donate to Fly for the Kids - visit their website here!

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