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Flying visit brings unexpected reunion for Dingwall MSP as Mission Aviation Fellowship charity drops in on Scottish Parliament

By Hector MacKenzie

Kate Forbes with MAF pilot Michael Duncalfe
Kate Forbes with MAF pilot Michael Duncalfe

A DINGWALL-based MSP whose constituency takes in a swathe of Ross-shire has hailed the "essential and lifesaving work" of a relief charity working in some of the most remote parts of the world.

Kate Forbes made her remarks after meeting with a humanitarian aid charity which uses planes to get relief into hard-to-reach areas.

Mission Aviation Fellowship use their aircraft to fly food, medicine, water and other essentials to people in need. The charity displayed one of their planes outside of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh as part of an awareness-raiser.

Ms Forbes, who is MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, had previously met with MAF staff and volunteers in Papa New Guinea – and had an unexpected reunion with pilot Michael Duncalfe.

She said: “At a time of such uncertainty, it’s heartening to know that trustworthy organisations like MAF continue to carry out essential and lifesaving work around the world.

“The work that MAF does to reach some of the most remote places on earth is inspiring. MAF’s latest efforts to help deliver education to remote parts of Papua New Guinea is a cause we should all get behind, so some of the most isolated children are given the life-changing chance to learn.”

Heather Malloch, head of MAF in Scotland, added: “It was a pleasure to meet Kate Forbes at our plane at the Parliament event.

“The support that she and the rest of the Scottish Government has shown to MAF, has ensured that we have continued to be able to fly to the most isolated communities in 27 countries around the world, delivering life-giving essentials to sustain and improve lives.”

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