An Irish father will fly clockwise around the country to raise vital funds for the cancer charities that have supported his daughter who suffers from the disease
Flying club owner Raphael O’Carroll (62) will set off on a ‘Flight of Hope’ on Friday which will see him and eight of his club members land in as many Irish airfields as possible throughout a four day adventure.
The cause is close to the aviator’s heart as his daughter Christine (29) was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013 and is currently going through chemotherapy.
“My daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013. She had an operation then which removed 90pc of the tumour and since has been through radiotherapy,” said Raphael from Tandragee Co. Armagh.
“Her chemotherapy is still ongoing at the moment but she’s doing reasonably well.”
The journey, which will take off on Friday April 3, will see the Armagh man travel more than 1600km around Ireland’s coast.
Raphael O'Carroll pictured with his daughter Christine (29)
“We’re hoping to get the journey done in four days weather permitting. The journey is about 1000 nautical miles.
“Eight planes from my own club will be flying clock wise around the coast of Ireland and be landing in as many airfields around the country as possible.
“We’ll be staying overnight in Fermoy in Cork, Tralee, near Ballina in Mayo and Portlaoise before heading back up north.
“We’re encouraging others from different clubs around the country to join us," he said.
The Armagh man who owns Kernan Aviation in Tandragee said those partaking in the Flight of Hope will happily take any aspiring aviators suffering from cancer on a short flight.
“We’d love to take anyone who is suffering from cancer for a short flight if they wish if they meet us at the airfield,” he said.
“We’ll be collecting donations at each stop and updating our Facebook page throughout the journey to update where we are.”
Although she is still undergoing chemotherapy, Raphael’s daughter Christine will be joining her dad on different legs of the journey, which has already raised almost £4000 (€5500) for the Irish Cancer Society, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Brain Tumour Charity.