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 the project started in December 2013.
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.