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BlueSky Pilbara Coast trip a resounding success

In June, Cobham flew 98 excited guests on a special BlueSky charter flight to the Pilbara Coast in WA for a weekend of fun and exploration.

“After the huge success of the inaugural BlueSky Kalgoorlie trip in September 2020, we wanted to continue to work with Cobham to bring the positive impact of the project to other regional communities in WA,” said BlueSky’s project lead Regan Ashley.

It is estimated that this single trip alone injected $124,000 into the Pilbara economy, while raising thousands for charity.

“We’re proud to be partnering with BlueSky on unique travel events encouraging sustainable, environmentally conscious regional tourism, whilst raising funds for the Rotary of Crawley’s service projects,” said Cobham Regional Services Managing Director Dean Brennan.

BlueSky and Cobham both share a strong focus on sustainability.

BlueSky offsets 200% of flight emissions through the planting of native Australian bushland which also supports biodiversity. BlueSky also sources sustainable products such as plant-based plastics, using local suppliers wherever possible.

Cobham announced its aircraft fleet renewal program in 2019, with the introduction of fuel-efficient, low carbon emission Bombardier Q400 and Embraer E190 aircraft. These latest generation aircraft offer the lowest emissions in their respective class.

The profits raised from this BlueSky trip have been distributed to a range of the Rotary Club of Crawley’s service projects, ranging from youth empowerment, community relief support and global health initiatives, including:

  • Kiara College financial scholarships for disadvantaged families/students
  • Street Doctor, a Perth mobile medical clinic for homeless persons
  • The fight to eradicate polio globally through the End Polio Now Campaign
  • Youth development programs like the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Dismantle, a program helping disadvantaged young people acquire new skills and experience to become self-sufficient.

Next stop, Kununurra…

In August, BlueSky will take off to Kununurra - the gateway to exploring the famous Kimberley region, home to lakes, rivers, waterfalls and barramundi. In the language of the local Aboriginal people, the name means “Big Water” and it is easy to see why.

You can help support BlueSky by following their social media (Facebook @BlueSkySIT or Instagram @BlueSky_SIT) or check out their website

**Photo credits, Ingrid Kjelling Photography