Published on February 24th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Aviation Fundraiser donates VW Transporter to SVP Birr

The Irish aviation fundraiser has facilitated the donation of a 2016 VW Transporter to St Vincent DePaul in Birr. The van was donated by John Harmon of the Harmon Group. John was a close friend of Aer Lingus pilot Capt. Joe Dalton died 18 months ago and the van has been named in his memory. The van, which is conservatively valued at €10,000, will be used for food collections and deliveries for families in the Midlands who are going hungry.

This donation is in addition to the €23,000 that has been raised so far from the Irish Air Spectacular book. The funds raised are used exclusively by St. Vincent de Paul Society in Birr town and the rural areas surrounding Birr. A separate education fund has been set up and the monies raised are used to assist children from less privileged backgrounds in three levels of education, Primary, Secondary and Third level.

Speaking on this week’s Short Final podcast, Capt. Sé Pardy, Accountable Manager at Simtech Aviation and founder of the Irish aviation fundraiser has said that they are currently planning the Irish Aviation Golf Challenge in August.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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