Annual Variety WA AV8 charity flight from Perth to Busselton to exhilarate kids in need

Tony Woodford, dressed as Mickey Mouse, brightens up Katie Wild’s day.
Tony Woodford, dressed as Mickey Mouse, brightens up Katie Wild’s day.

A CHARITY flight from Perth Airport to Busselton will help put smiles on the faces of kids across the state.

The annual AV8 charity flight will take place on March 10, with funds going to Variety WA.

The event is organised by Canning Vale residents Jo and Tony Woodford, who take part in various Variety events each year dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and last year more than $40,000 was raised.

Among the people on the flight will be Woodvale resident Kellie Wild, whose daughter Katie is living with the rare genetic syndrome condition Angelman Syndrome.

“I’ll be on the plane with some friends, there is usually lots of laughs, shenanigans and good food,” she said.

“We’ve received grants for wheelchairs from Variety before and it’s great that they support people.

“Angelman Syndrome impacts Katie in all aspects of her life, including her mobility.”

Mrs Woodford said she was thankful for the support of companies such as Perth Airport, Virgin and Viva Energy, who made the flight possible.

“It makes it all worthwhile when you see the smiles on the kids’ faces,” she said.

Perth Airport chief corporate services officer Debra Blaskett said the organisation was delighted to contribute the cause.

“We are always happy to help out the Woodfords and the kids,” she said.

“After all, how can you say no to Mickey and Minnie Mouse?”

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