MAF’s volunteers facilitated fun for festival goers at the Big Church Day Out in Wiston, West Sussex, last weekend.

The brand-new MAF Rescue Challenge was unveiled, showcasing MAF’s role in responding to natural disasters and medical emergencies across the world.  

Six enthusiastic volunteers gave up their time to become MAF Cabin Crew for the day, guiding teams through a series of escape room style challenges, competing to see which team could save the most lives.   

Around 45 teams completed the challenge across the weekend. ‘We’ve had young kids right through to people who are much older,’ said volunteer Melissa Nhau.

‘It’s quite exciting because you get a variety of people and everyone brings a different skill to the group. Never underestimate the young ones because they are very, very good!’ she said.

While fun was foremost in the minds of the Rescue Challenge competitors, the thought-provoking scenarios, drawn from real life situations faced by our pilots conveyed a serious message.

‘It is fun, it's engaging and it gets them to think about the different disasters,’ explained Melissa. ‘MAF is responding to Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Ebola – natural disasters and medical emergencies,’

The winning team saved a total of 958 lives - working together to load cargo, solve puzzles, and bring the Rescue Challenge plane safety into land using the MAF flight simulator.

'Our fantastic volunteers helped the day to run smoothly,' said Marketing and Events Manager, Lucie Vass. 'We're grateful for their hard work and enthusiasm. All of our volunteers get free time to enjoy the bands and atmosphere of Big Church Day out. We hope they enjoyed the whole experience!'

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