IFEC industry gives from the heart to help ORBIS

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What’s better than a Christmas party? For the good folks at Inflight Productions, a donation to global non-profit organization ORBIS was more important than indulging in bottles of bubbly and figgy pudding.

The London-headquartered firm abstained from its usual festivities in order to provide £3,000 ($4, 600) to ORBIS, which, with its Flying Eye Hospital and lots of volunteers, is fighting to eliminate blindness throughout the world.

Inflight Productions is part of a growing list of Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) members that have donated to ORBIS after APEX established a philanthropic partnership with the charity this summer.

Other notable donations to ORBIS from APEX members include $3,000 from Telefonix and $2,000 from Thompson Aerospace. “We also received about 20 ‘text for sight’ donations,” ORBIS president Jack McHale tells RWG.

It’s wonderful to see some APEX members stepping up to assist such a worthy cause. Perhaps others will take a cue from the likes of Inflight Productions, Telefonix and Thompson, and commit to donating money, equipment or services to ORBIS.

Orbis 6.JPGSome in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and aircraft interiors players seem particularly well-placed to support ORBIS as it looks to fit its next Flying Eye Hospital with state-of-the-art training equipment (a big screen anyone?).

Next year ORBIS will operate a number of Flying Eye Hospital missions to impoverished areas around the world. On the ground, medical personnel will provide crucial training, perform surgeries and restore sight to children and adults.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see APEX members come together to sponsor one of these missions? Think about it.

Happy Holidays!

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One Response to IFEC industry gives from the heart to help ORBIS

  1. jetcal1 December 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    As a quick note,
    CFC and United way have a check mark for Orbis. They’ve come along way from the DC-8!

    Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.