The Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project
Andrew Parker is the Creator and Project Director of the Flying High For Kids Project. He has had a strong desire to do a not-for-profit, international hot air balloon tour for a cause since he was in his early teens. He got in touch with UNICEF in 2010 and has been working towards this project since then.
Andrew is a commercial hot air balloon pilot from Hamilton, New Zealand. He has had an interest in balloons ever since he was six years old. He joined his local Hot Air Balloon Club when he was thirteen years old and started flying when he was sixteen. He achieved his Commercial Balloon Pilot’s Licence at the age of nineteen while living in Australia. He then went to Europe to fly, before buying a balloon business of his own just after his twentieth birthday. For the following six years, he spent time between New Zealand and Europe. Andrew then sold the business to pursue bigger challenges and spent the last few years flying and investigating balloon businesses in Russia, Brazil, France and Turkey.
Andrew has visited 38 countries so far and has lived in Europe, Australia, Brazil, Russia and Turkey for varying lengths of time. He has travelled extensively through North and South America, Asia and Australasia.
The Flying High For Kids Project Aims to:
-Encourage kids to follow their dreams.
-Raise awareness about childens’ right to education.
-Promote the inclusiveness of our most vulnerable children in society, especially those with special needs.
-Bring a smile to children’s faces. A balloon will never have been seen before in a large number of places we visit, so we hope to both thrill and enthrall children.
-Inflate or fly the balloon in 100 countries, including at schools and special event.
-Promote a friendly global community by exchanging postcards between children.
-Capture a snapshot in time.We will document all that we do and release updates via Facebook, Youtube and blog. At the end of the project, we will make a collage of all the places we visit, which will give a rare opportunity to see a large number of cultures and give insight into the world we live in now.