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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Reach For The Sky (Year 3)

It’s my first time to attend the Reach for the Sky project held yesterday at Angeles City Flying Club, Mabalacat Pampanga. Reach for the Sky project gives chance to kids with special needs to fly in an ultralight (small airplane). This year, kids from an orphanage in Cavite were also given the chance to fly.

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Reach For The Sky is a yearly event for children with special needs.

This project started 3 years ago and it was John Chua who’s behind this advocacy. John Chua is a Canon brand ambassador and has a son who has special needs. He formed the group Photography With a Difference (PWD) who aims to bring smiles to kids through photographs. Eventually, John Chua formed the Canon Advocacy Team (A-Team) who was given the task of taking pictures of each and every kid participant of this event. Canon A-Team was formed in 2010.

Reach For The Sky aims to give kids with special needs, orphans and their guardians to experience a worry-free day. Photographers, specially the Canon A-Team, aim to capture that moment where the kids enjoyed the day made for them. Hopefully, these kids would take a look at these pictures and remember the day that they were truly happy.

The main event of the day is for the kids to experience flying via the ultralight. Aside from that, there were numerous side events and activities while the kids wait for their turn to fly. There was a treasure hunt, an ice cream for all, origami-making, bubble show, RC plane exhibition, performances from the Canon mascots, among others.

The photos taken by the Canon A-Team will be displayed in a travelling photo-exhibit which would start at SM Clark next month. It would then travel to other SM malls like SM Pampanga, SM San Fernando, among others.

Reach For The Sky is made possible through numerous sponsors including The Philippine Air Force, SM Cares, Canon, Baliwag Transit, Jollibee, Creamline, Catsville, Lil People, Monster, Krispy Kreme, Goldilocks, Pizza Hut, Shakeys, Red Ribbon, Karate Kid, Zoocobia Fun Zoo, CF Copy Fax Design, Unleashed Media and TV 5.

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The commentator during the RC plane exhibition.

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Children with special needs, their guardians and the photographers.

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Some of the ultralights that helped the children touch the sky.

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One of the visually-impaired kids who experienced flying in an ultralight.

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Another ultralight.

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The remote-controlled plane that flew during the exhibition.

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One of the numerous planes at the hangar.

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Another remote-control plane.

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Thanks to the sponsors who made the event possible.

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