Santa swings by
Last Christmas, ‘Santa’ had a great time flying out to deliver presents to the children across the Laynhapuy in Arnhem Land, Australia. He also got to see some spectacular views along the way!
MAF has been flying in Arnhem Land for 47 years. This amazing place is slightly larger than New Brunswick and can be found in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is home to the people, many of whom live in small, isolated towns on their clan’s traditional ‘homelands’.
The ten aircraft flown by MAF in Arnhem Land provide these communities with healthcare, education, development and church support.
In May and June last year, MAF flew a planeload of Yolŋu schoolchildren to visit non-Aboriginal students, so they could learn from each other – a bit like an exchange trip you can do with your school in Canada! Students also get flown to compete in school sports competitions each year – using the plane like a flying school bus. Imagine getting on a plane for your school sports day!
At Christmas, MAF Arnhem Land pilots flew ‘Santa’ and staff from the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation around the Yolŋu homelands, making several stops along the way.
This trip helped them deliver gifts and food hampers to remote communities. This meant that a good Christmas was had by all, and that nobody went without! Many happy children received gifts including footballs and bubble blowers.