Starting in 1967, the Qantas Pathfinders’ members are much loved, raising over $8.3 million for RIDBC. Comprising of a dedicated group of past and present Qantas employees, including cabin crew, pilots, ground staff, as well as their families and friends, their events are hugely successful. The members generously donate their time, energy, and talents to ensure our annual events are not to be missed.
One event is the Qantas Pathfinders’ Revue. The brainchild of Qantas Crew members Vic Allen and Peter Owens, the Revue had its humble beginnings in 1975. Now, decades later the Revue has a cast, production crew and band totalling almost 100 volunteers.
Another event is the Qantas Pathfinders’ Charity Flight, the inaugural flight taking off in 2002 destined for Longreach. Unfortunately, 2020 was to be the year Qantas celebrated their centenary by returning to Longreach. However, the COVID-19 global pandemic has put the brakes on. For now.
The final event is the Qantas Pathfinders’ Jumbo Joy Flight, an annual flight which involves a Qantas Boeing 747 taking children and their carers on a 90-minute joy-flight over the Sydney-Newcastle-Wollongong areas. For most children, this is their first experience of flying, made unforgettable by the amazing staff and crew. The Jumbo Joy flight is the epitome of a team effort – Qantas providing the wings; The Rotary Club of Turramurra organise the lucky children; Qantas Pathfinders look after ticketing and ground support; Sydney Airport Corporation Ltd waive airport charges; and Viva Energy donates the fuel. Standby for take-off!
Pictured below playing the piano and singing at a Qantas event is Natalija, the daughter of Craig Lambert, President of Qantas Pathfinders. Natalija, who is blind, was also supported by RIDBC.