Fun day out for sick kids

27 March 2013

Corporate Cabs fun day

Children from four different charities, and all corners of Auckland, spent a fun day airside at Auckland Airport as part of a Corporate Cabs event.

Drivers and other Corporate Cabs volunteers, who thought up the idea and helped organise the day, donated 150 hours of time to the 25 children from Ronald McDonald House Auckland, Kidney Kids, Cure Kids and Kidz First, picking them up from their homes and driving them first to the Auckland Museum and then the airport.

Once there, the children were treated to a once in a lifetime experience that included a Marae welcome, and a demonstration from NZ Customs detector dogs, Airport Emergency Services Officers and Aviation Security Service explosive detector dogs. They also enjoyed an airside runway tour and Air New Zealand simulator experience.

Many of the children are battling serious illnesses and Auckland Airport community relations manager, Katie Moore, says it was fantastic to see the children and their parents enjoying themselves away from the hospital.

“We are lucky here at the airport that there is always a lot going on and much to see, meaning we could provide the families with a full fun day of activities. I would also like to thank our Airport Emergency Services team as well as Air New Zealand, Customs and Aviation Security for jumping on board and making this day one to remember for the kids.”

PICTURE: Quinn Hautapu, who was nominated for the trip by Ronald McDonald House Auckland, in a flight simulator.