2008 Annual Report (extract) – our first response
The 2008 Annual Report covered the 18 months from Wings’ company foundation on 12 January 2007 to the end of the first year on 30 June 2008.
We had a very successful first period of operation; starting with the deployment of a helicopter across Tanzania and Malawi to support 100,000 vulnerable Mozambican people affected by a flood concurrent with Category Four Cyclone Favio. Within 2 months of starting we had helped save and sustain lives by delivering nearly 5 tonnes, and assisting in the delivery of a further 29 tonnes, of the right urgent food aid and other stores to some of the most needy people in the world.
Since then we have become a registered charity (non profit), we have twice flown in Mozambique using chartered helicopters (see our 2008 video), we supported the government during the floods of 2008 and have deployed a full time disaster relief logistician to Mozambique.
Our UK activities are vital to our long term sustainability. Strong foundations have been laid. Manuals have been written, our advice network has been built and we have built solid relations to save lives abroad.
The Trustees have been delighted with the help of our supporters. Our donors have helped us raise over £70,000 in the last 9 months of the period. Donations and voluntary effort are laying the right foundations to operate our own helicopter. Our volunteers have aided us in many discreet ways and we remain most grateful.
We are on course to provide rapid life saving helicopters for some of the world’s most vulnerable people: saving lives, sustaining lives and developing lives. Overall we are thrilled with the help of so many with making this demanding task begin to be a reality.