Flight, Travel, Light - Flying Angel Foundation
In 2019, UniCredit Foundation decided to make a contribution to Flying Angels Foundation for the "Flight, Travel, Life" project, which aims to help children coming mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, who need urgent surgical procedures.
The aid mainly consists of covering the air travel expenses of these young patients. Depending on the severity of the disease, in agreement with the
doctors and with the Scientific Committee of Flying Angels, children will fly on normal airliners (also with medical assistance) or on specially hired ambulances. In more serious cases, flights for teams of specialist doctors will be funded.
With the UniCredit Foundation contribution, about 25 children can be helped in 2019/2020. The first action covered the air travel of a medical team who went to Romania in September 2019 to the Grigore Alexandrescu Hospital in Bucharest, to perform 10 heart surgery operations: Lupu, the youngest patient
to be operated, was only 3 months old, while Balan, the oldest, 16 years old.
Flying Angels Foundation (FAF) was founded in 2012 to provide children all over the world - suffering from pathologies that cannot be cured in their country - a timely air transfer to a hospital to receive life-saving care. Flying Angels also finances flights for medical teams to go where health facilities are sufficiently equipped.
Since 2012, Flying Angels has helped around 1,950 children from 70 countries around the world, financing nearly 3,500 airline tickets and collaborating with 100 Italian and international non-profit organisations.
Flying Angels Foundation is the only organisation that deals specifically with the air transfer of seriously ill children to a hospital where they can be treated promptly. In contact with over 100 non-profit organisations around the world which report requests for help, Flying Angels is responsible for organising and financing these life-saving trips in the shortest possible time.