Ken Evers and Tim Pryse took to the air in Bendigo today at 1:10 pm in order to raise awareness and funds for malaria ravaged countries.
After speeches from local, state and federal politicians, Peter Lapthorne of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Evers’ and Pryse’s major sponsor Mahindra, and finally a prayer from the local Bendigo Baptist Church, The Hon Jacinta Allan MP – Victorian State Government Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Minister for Industry and Trade and Member for Bendigo East, cut a ribbon to signify the launch of the expedition.
As well as the dignitaries there was a large group of family, friends and well wishers in attendance n order to wave goodbye to the pair.
Ken and Tim will be the first to fly around the world in an Australian designed and manufactured aircraft.
They will fly over malaria-endemic countries to raise the awareness of malaria and the many issues the respective countries are experiencing.
Their mission will take 55 days and about 230 hours of flight time. They will also produce a documentary that will highlight the malaria issues and they have a goal to raise $1,000,000 for the Australian Foundation for Peoples of Asia and the Pacific (AFAP) and Missions Aviation Fellowship (MAF).
For more information go to: www.millionsagainstmalaria.com
Ken and his family.