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Charity Winged mercy


International charity Global Flying Hospitals picks Macau as its base in East Asia


BY SARA SILVA MOREIRA


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acau has been put on the map for international non-governmental organisations with Global Fly- ing Hospitals making the territory its administra-


tive base in East Asia. Global Flying Hospitals, a charity that converts aeroplanes


into  ying hospitals that bring medical training and medical care to needy areas of the globe, has chosen Macau for both its East Asian hub and its point of access to mainland China. “Macau is a geographic bull’s-eye for the charity. It allows


us to be a part of Asia, without the higher costs of Hong Kong and provides an open door to China. It also allows for easy access to all Asian countries, namely India and Japan,” says Neill Newton, the Australian founder and chairman of Global Flying Hospitals. Mr Newton says Macau’s “fast-growing image, clear legal


pathway, impressive growth and superb vitality” are other rea- sons for the choice. “We have had no dif culties in establishing in Macau. In


fact, the government was ef cient and welcoming,” he says. The organisation, incorporated in Macau in late 2009,


JULY 2011


shares of ce space with a law  rm which is representing it pro bono. The charity aims to start  ying out of Macau early next year. The airport will play an important role as a stopover for refuelling and restocking aircraft on missions. Global Flying Hospitals hopes to get the airport’s coop-


eration to allow its aircraft to land and park free of charge. The airport’s size and its limited space will prevent the char- ity’s wide-bodied aircraft from using it and negotiations have begun with mainland authorities to discuss allowing parking in nearby airports, such as Zhuhai. Mr Newton says Global Flying Hospitals is also looking


for companies that can supply modular  eld clinics, sanitation, water puri cation and solar power systems for emergency ac- commodation. “With the plethora of natural disasters, this is now a must, to be loaded and landed within 24 hours,” he says.


Quid pro quo Finding sponsors and volunteers are the priorities. The organisation still lacks adequate warehousing in Macau for medical and humanitarian supplies, but it hopes to


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