MELBOURNE, Australia – Ford employees threw their enormous support behind the annual Victorian Christmas Toy Drop, hosted by the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia, to collect toy donations for underprivileged children.
Craig Taberner, engineering sign-off manager, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, was one of the key organisers of the event, held at the Lethbridge Air Park.
“This year we were blessed with perfect weather and in all 51 aircraft and approximately 200 people participated in the day. Through their generosity there was an enormous collection of children’s toys to kick off the Bethany Christmas Tree Giving Appeal,” Taberner said.
The event has been growing in popularity every year and attracted aircraft from across Victoria which flew to the venue to deliver loads of gifts, which were then placed under a large Ford marquee.
Those attending were entertained by some recreational flying, most of which was conducted by a
recently imported 1939 Waco AGC8 Cabin Biplane. Having only just completed its first test flight on Australian soil two days prior the event, the Victorian Christmas Toy Drop was the first public outing of the rare aircraft.
Other aircraft included two CAC Winjeels, a DeHavilland Hornet Moth, a CT4, two Yak 52’s, a Siai Marchetti SF260, two Austers, two Cessna 195’s, a Cessna 170, a Cessna 120, a Grumman AgCat, a Decathalon, a Cessna Birdog, a Fisher Biplane, a Piper Pacer, a Piper tri-pacer, a DeHavilland Chipmunk, a Corby Starlet, and a Renagade Biplane.
Julie Stefanoff, executive manager of development and community relations from Bethany said she was overwhelmed by people’s generosity, adding that the donations would make a significant difference to the Christmas of many underprivileged children throughout the Geelong region.
Toys were collected were placed under the large Ford marquee, ready for distribution
Aircraft from across the region flew in to take part in the day