Friday 23 February 2018

Charity goes for the long haul by pulling 85-tonne plane

Colin Gleeson

THE weight of 21 elephants proved no match for a gang of 250 people keen to raise money for a charity for the blind at the weekend.

They heaved and pulled in unison in order to drag an 85-tonne Airbus A300 more than 12 feet at Dublin Airport.

The country's first-ever charity "plane pull" was hosted by blindness charity ORBIS Ireland.

Ten teams of 25 people -- made up of corporate groups, service organisations and groups of volunteers -- pulled the aircraft and raised more than €30,000 for the charity.

More than a third of children in Ethiopia are affected by a blinding but preventable eye disease known as trachoma, and the funds raised will help the charity to eliminate the disease and restore sight to most rural villagers in Ethiopia by the end of 2015.

ORBIS Ireland chairman Moss Cox said: "We're delighted with the level of support we've had.

"The money will go a long way to help us address Ethiopia's high prevalence of avoidable blindness. These areas have no primary eye care -- a simple surgery can transform people's lives," he added.

Irish Independent

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