Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg from The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) takes off from the Australian International Airshow, Avalon Airport on Sunday 5 March 2017. He will be 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 38
Patients visited 9
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.

Through a unique partnership The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Good Friday Appeal are supporting Andrew achieve his dream.

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 like Brooke with conditions affecting their movement. Watch the video below to see Brooke’s incredible journey.

 

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.

Download further information here.