I had a very enjoyable flight from the Sunshine Coast this morning, all went very well.
After ten days of rain, Port Macquarie turned on near perfect conditions for my arrival. I was met at the airport by another of my special patients, Finn, along with his mum, Donna, and his grandparents. I was invited to visit Finn’s school, St Columba Anglican School, to chat with his teachers and schoolmates about Fly for the Kids and received a warm and welcoming reception. It was so great to spend time with Finn and everyone in his school.
A real highlight of my trip has been catching up with so many of my wonderful patients, just like Finn. Thanks also to Channel 7 for coming along and interviewing me about my trip so far, a wonderful opportunity to raise further awareness about the RCH Complex Movement Disorders Program.
After a very enjoyable time at Finn’s school, I was treated to a sightseeing expedition around Port Macquarie that included Lighthouse Beach and Tacking Point Lighthouse, Australia’s third oldest lighthouse. It has been a truly lovely day.
Special thanks to Donna, Finn’s mum, for her fundraising efforts for Fly for the Kids. Donna held a High Tea to raise funds on the weekend and if that wasn’t enough, I was honoured to be presented with a stunning piece of artwork, “Aeronauticus”, that had been purchased by Finn’s family in the silent auction. This gift is greatly cherished and deeply appreciated. Thanks so much guys, I really love it and can’t wait to put it on display. It will always remind me of our great day together.
Tonight, I am grateful for the hospitality offered by the team here at Rydges Port Macquarie – thanks for having me and for looking after me so well! I have some planning to do in preparation for my flight to Canberra tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to catching up with another awesome patient of mine – Brandon. I am mindful that I will be transiting Sydney and various military aero spaces on my way into the nation’s capital, so will do my best to ensure that I do everything right!
Thanks again to Donna, Finn, Simon, St Columba Anglican School, Rydges Port Macquarie and everyone who has helped to ensure that my day here today was a memorable one. I am deeply grateful to you all. For those of you back at home, it won’t be long now before I see you all again, I can’t quite believe I am in the final week of the trip!
PS Thank you to Uncle Bob’s Club for your wonderful donation of $2,000 today. You are just fantastic and the kids at the RCH and I really appreciate your support!