Thursday, 28 May 2020

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Poppy Flight prepares to take-off in 2021

Organisers of the inaugural Poppy Flight are vowing the project will fly next year after the initiative was grounded this year due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Pilots across the country had volunteered to carry a poppy and star around New Zealand in the run-up to ANZAC Day to raise funds for the RSA, Starship Foundation and the New Zealand Warbirds. Many have already signalled they will happily get on board again in 2021 and it is hoped Whitianga will again be a port of call.

Melanie Salisbury of Aviation Tours who came up with the idea, thanked all those who had been involved in the Poppy Flight project to date, including dozens of knitters and other crafters who had been creating and selling poppies and stars to support the effort. “The few events we had in the lead up to the original departure date raised around $3,800, which is fantastic,” said Melanie. The funds were handed over to the recipients ahead of this year’s ANZAC Day.

Whitianga was to be the first stop on the Poppy Flight journey on Friday, 27 March, with pilot Dave Brown scheduled to fly from the Warbirds base at Auckland’s Ardmore airport in a Harvard aeroplane. Mercury Bay Museum had prepared to host the local leg, with a range of activities organised for families.

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