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On September 19, 2015, a special charity fundraising event took place in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Anchored by local aerobatic pilot, Brent Handy, along with many volunteers, the Moose Jaw Charity FUNdraiser Airshow was put together to help a local family, who's 14 year old son is currently battling cancer. Taking place at the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport, the event featured not only Handy, who flies a Pitts Special S-2B biplane, the show also featured Geoff Latter, who flies a Chinese built Nanchang CJ-6A trainer, Provincial Airways, who provided a Thrush 510P crop duster and Skydive South Sask.
So, how did the airshow come about? In a radio interview, Brent mentioned that his 7 year old son had brought a newsletter home, stating that his school would be selling popsicles to raise funds for 14 year old Jacob, who had been diagnosed with a form of brain cancer. "That really struck a chord with me", said Handy, who has two children. Thinking there could be something he could do to help, Handy decided to put together a small airshow and donate the proceeds to Jacob's family. Within approximately two weeks, the event was planned and pulled together through the work of Brent, volunteers and the community.
The show was very entertaining from start to finish. Skydive South Sask. opened the show with skydivers who parachuted in to the airport with "O Canada" playing over the sound system. Following them was Geoff Latter, in the Nanchang. Having never seen his act before, I was very impressed with his show, and the aircraft itself. I truly hope that Geoff will return to Saskatchewan in the near future and perform again. Provincial Airways, out of Moose Jaw, performed a crop spraying demonstration with a Thrush 510P turbo prop aerial spray plane. Closing the show was Brent Handy, who put on a high energy performance with many tumbling maneuvers, seemingly defying gravity.
All in all, the response from the general public was phenomenal. Numbers were estimated at over 1,000 people and the show was able to raise $10,578 for Jacob's family!
I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brent Handy on a successful airshow. I'd also like to recognize the sponsors for the show. Abtec Construction, Lipsett Cartage, The Crushed Can Sports Bar & Nightclub, Provincial Airways, Burger Galaxy Grill, The Cone Artist Ice Cream Truck, Dr. Yolanda Marx, Dr. Kerri Hetherington, Vertue Medical, Mr. Brandon Thorpe, Mr. Brian Nosko, Golden West Trailer, John's Music Ltd., GATX, Simpson Seeds, and Stone Age Enterprises. Thanks also goes out to Geoff Latter Airshows and Skydive South Sask. for donating their performances.