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Up, Up and Away! Mathis said “After nine days of travel, on nineteen Mresearch into cystic fibrosis. Matthias was inspired stop for long anywhere! The 28 straight meals of airline fooddifferent flights, 150 hours in the air and covering over120,000 kilometres, I can say that I felt surprisingly fine atthe end of the journey. You don’t get jet lag when you don’t recently completed aatthias Fuchs (SAC 1985)record breaking round-the-world trip to raise funds for by his daughter Kristen who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and has also had no impact – in fact, I enjoyed all the food. The is a patient at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. flying was the easy bit, particularly for a maniac like me Matthias’ challenge was to fly on every type of Qantas who actually loves airports and planes! I was also fortunate aircraft and to every continent (except Antartica) in a nine enough to see a lot of wonderful sites from the air and meet day period without leaving the confines of an aircraft or many terrific people both in the air and at the terminals.” airport. He used the transit lounge and/or departure lounge This was Mathias’s itinerary for the nine day odyssey: areas to eat and shower and averaged 3 to 4 hours sleep per day in-flight! Date Departure Arrival Aircraft Flight Number Departure Time Arrival Time 2/11/2011 SYDNEY LOS ANGELES 747 QF107 10.50AM 06.25AM 2/11/2011 LOS ANGELES MELBOURNE A380 QF94 23.30PM 09.00AM 4/11/2011 MELBOURNE BRISBANE 737 QF616 12.05PM 13.15PM 4/11/2011 BRISBANE CAIRNS 737 QF784 14.00PM 16.20PM 4/11/2011 CAIRNS GOVE 717 QF1944 18.20PM 19.40PM 4/11/2011 GOVE DARWIN 717 QF1944 20.20PM 21.30PM 5/11/2011 DARWIN SYDNEY 737 QF829 00.45AM 06.35AM 5/11/2011 SYDNEY BUENOS AIRES 747 QF17 11.00AM 10.00AM 5/11/2011 BUENOS AIRES SYDNEY 747 QF18 13.05PM 17.45PM 6/11/2011 SYDNEY MELBOURNE 767 QF487 20.00PM 21.35PM 6/11/2011 MELBOURNE HONG KONG 747 QF29 23.55PM 05.50AM 7/11/2011 HONG KONG LONDON HEATHROW 747 QF29 08.00AM 13.30PM 7/11/2011 LONDON HEATHROW SYDNEY 747 QF2 22.10PM 06.55AM 9/11/2011 SYDNEY JOAHANNESBURG 747 QF63 10.35AM 15.30PM 9/11/2011 JOAHANNESBURG SYDNEY 747 QF64 17.50PM 14.45PM 10/11/2011 SYDNEY PERTH A330 QF583 19.20PM 21.15PM 10/11/2011 PERTH SYDNEY A330 QF568 23.05pm 06.20am 11/11/2011 SYDNEY PORT MACQUARIE DASH8 QF2164 08.10AM 09.05AM 11/11/2011 PORT MACQUARIE SYDNEY DASH8 QF2165 09.30AM 10.35AM The goal of Mathias’ challenge was to raise $130,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at The Children's Hospital Westmead. The target was achieved and the Clinic will use the funds to acquire a Mass Spectrometer with the remaining funds directed to other clinical and research support. The success of his trip is a massive step forward for the Clinic’s ambition to achieve world’s best practice clinical support for children with Cystic Fibrosis and the ultimate goal of keeping them healthy and alive for as long as possible while a cure is found! Matthias Fuchs (SAC 1985) with his children (left to right) Kristen and twins Josephine and Oscar. St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 69


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