Robin Safari
Team Robin Safari have come together to take part on the Outback Air Race in 2015. They are from across Australia being based in WA, Victoria and Queensland.
I have lived in many remote parts of Australia, from Groote Eylandt in the NT, Derby and Newman in WA. I have been an Army Reserve Officer for 30 years and on Army exercises I have seen many RFDS bases all over Australia. RFDS is unique and a typically Australian solution to the issue of making medical assistance available in the "middle of nowhere". They deserve and need our support.
I’ve held my pilot’s licence since 1976 originally qualifying in the UK. It was quite a shock to fly in Australia’s wide open spaces and since I moved to Australia I’ve flown for many hours in the NT and the north of WA. For the last 30 years I’ve lived in Perth and recently started supporting Angel Flight, 10 missions in WA so far helping people who live in country areas.
OAR 2015 is a great way to fly in some fantastic areas, in good company with both the team and the people in the other aircraft, all while raising funds for a fantastic organisation.
My name is Peter Baker and this will be my second outback air race. I have lived in Melbourne all my life and have been involved in numerous fund raising activities for worthwhile causes, including Royal Children’s Hospital and Cancer charities either through fun runs or cycling events, I enjoy the outdoors and believe we live in the best country in the world. After completing my first air race and seeing our beautiful country from such a unique perspective I was hooked, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved again. Being from Melbourne you are not as exposed to the RFDS as much, but after the event I realised how important they are not only for the remote communities but also for travellers who visit the outback and unfortunately might require their assistance. I am looking forward to raising funds for such a worthwhile cause.
My roots are in England where I spent a fairly idyllic childhood tramping the rolling Sussex Downs or fishing the English Channel. For generations my family has been part of the volunteer Royal Life Boat sea rescue there. I grew up listening for the siren which signalled the alarm. Response was instant and instinctive – the race was on to launch the rescue boat. Competition was keen to be part of the crew.
Following a stint of a few years in the corporate world based in London and Europe, linked also to much travel, Australia beckoned and I came ashore in 1961 - a £10 POM - a fish out of water forced to become a land lubber. Lady Luck took a hand and in the form National Parks and the Outback. I’ve been hooked ever since and ‘dem boots deys made for walking’. After spending time mainly in Sydney and Melbourne we moved to Brisbane in 1971 and a love affair began with both Noosa & Lamington National Parks. In 1992 a 4WD was added to the mix. Suddenly, there were no boundaries – The Red Centre, the Cape, the Kimberley, the Tanami, the Simpson, Lawn Hill – you name it, we had to get there. Volunteering in the outback, in a nature reserve near Broken Hill, an opal mine NW of Cunnamulla, a bird sanctuary in Broome and on Lord Howe Island has allowed us to experience the varied and sometime harsh conditions of remote places. Of recent times, I work regularly as part of Friends of Binna Burra, Lamington National Park community group, but when a spot was offered in OAR 2015 it took all of a minute to say ‘YES’. The concept of raising funds for RFDS, travelling this great country and having a rollicking good time is contagious.