Pilots’ charity flight to be recognised

Two years after landing in Bendigo following their Millions Against Malaria charity flight, pilots Ken Evers and Tim Pryse will be recognised with an FAI (Federation Aeronautique International – the International Air Sports Federation) Circumnavigators’ Diploma as only the third and fourth Australians to receive the prestigious diploma.

mozzie-standard-TOThe purpose of the flight was to raise awareness of the prevalence of malaria around the world, and the suffering of those affected. 

Mr Evers and Pryse landed in Malaumanda in Papua New Guinea in 2010 and were horrified to learn that every person in that village of about 1000 people had lost a child to malaria.

‘There are about 3000 villagers in the Malaumanda area who are at risk and it was this hearing about the tragic loss of so many children to this infectious disease that prompted us to do something to help,’ said Mr Evers.

As a sponsor of the event, La Trobe University is delighted that the two pilots will receive the FAI award.

‘We extend warm congratulations to Ken and Tim for their fantastic achievement in this historic flight, which they undertook for such a worthy cause. So many people who are exposed to malaria have benefited from their efforts,’ said Robert Stephenson, Senior Manager, Regional Operations.

Mr Evers and Mr Pryse are inviting members of the public to join them at the event, where guest speaker, La Trobe University’s Emeritus Professor, Robin Anders will speak about Malaria in 2012.

‘We are hoping to raise $2094 to cover the full costs of getting mosquito nets into the village of Malaumanda in Papua New Guinea where literally thousands of children have died of malaria,’ said Mr Evers. 

The award will be presented by federal MP, Mr Steve Gibbons to Mr Evers and Mr Pryse at the Circumnavigators’ Diploma Ceremony at La Trobe University’s Visual Arts Centre at 10.30 am on Monday 9 July.

Donations towards the malaria fund invited at this free public event.  Morning tea will be served. RSVP required to ken@millionsagainstmalaria.com or telephone 0428 104 375.


Media enquiries

Ken Evers, M 0428 104 375 E ken@millionsagainstmalaria.com

Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 0428 463 161 z.knight@latrobe.edu.au