“YOU people have saved my life.”
The words of a man from Narranderra perfectly sums up the work of Baulkham Hills man Ken Carroll, who volunteers for Angel Flight.
Mr Carroll used to fly Angel Flight’s light aircraft from Bankstown to regional parts of New South Wales.
After retiring four years ago, he decided to stay involved as a volunteer driver and transport people between airports and hospitals.
Angel Flight offers free flights for disadvantaged people in rural areas so that they can come to Sydney for vital treatment.
Mr Carroll has completed 138 drives as an Earth Angel – which is a free service for people who fly to Sydney with Angel Flight.
Being described as a life saver by a Narranderra man who has leukaemia made MrCarroll feel like he was making a difference.
“He said ‘if it wasn’t for you, I would be dead’,” Mr Carroll said.
“It made me feel so proud, as I knew I was doing something to help people.
“I always knew that when I retired that I would do something with charities, and Angel Flight was the best one I could get involved with.”
He bought his Mazda stationwagon so that he could support Angel Flight as the vehicle can store wheelchairs and other important items.
Mr Carroll said he has met some amazing people.
“They are happy, even though they have some serious health issues,” he said.
“They are amazed with how we drive in the traffic everyday.
“One that stands out is a young girl from Coffs Harbour who has brittle bone disease.
“because of her brittle bones, if one breaks it shatters completely.
“I take her to Westmead regularly and she is friendly and happy, even though she has a bad disease.”
Mr Carroll is one of more than 4500 people across Australia who volunteer as a driver for Angel Flight.
He said the charity is always looking for volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming an Earth Angel, visit angelflight.org.au/SupportUs/Drivers.