A red nose for charity
On Friday, December 2, 2016 a remarkable event took place at the Melsbroek Air Base in Belgium. A Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft of the Belgian Air Component, equipped with a red nose and some special stickers was shown to the public and people of the media.
This unique project was developed by the department Image and Public Relations (IPR) of the Belgian Air Component in support of the Red Nose Day. For the second year in a row the Flemish television channel VTM, the radio station Q-music and the Belfius Bank organized on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 the event ‘Red Nose Day’. This charity event was created to raise money for better care for young people with mental health problems. As the symbol of the Red Nose Day is a little red nose is that anyone can buy, the the Belgian Air Component came with the idea to provide a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft with a special red nose. The chosen C-130 aircraft for this unique project was the CH-11. Besides a red nose the Belgian C-130 Hercules was also equipped with some special stickers bearing the faces of the logos of the Red Nose Day. The realization of the unique red aircraft nose and the stickers have been possible without the professional cooperation between the Belgian Air Component, PHD Printhouse of Defence, Kim CustomCarDip and the Melsbroek Air Base. Because the Belgian Air Component wanted to do something extra, 25 young people with mental health problems were offered a flight on a C-130 Hercules so that they could forget their worries for a little while. During the flight, which lasted about half an hour, at a height of almost three kilometers the load masters also opened the cargo door of the C-130 Hercules so the passengers had an unforgettable view of the clouds and the Belgian countryside underneath them. The Belgian Air Component supported the Red Nose Day also financially by auctioning a unique photo. The winner of the highest bid was offered two seats aboard the C-130 Hercules.
At the end of the day the Belgian Air Component could look back on a very successful collaboration because they handed over 2000 euros to the Red Nose Day charity event and 25 young people with mental health problems experienced the day of their life aboard a military transport plane.
Text & photos: Kris Christiaens
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