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Kiwis high-flying Father's Day for sick children (CCSS Level: Grade 6, Words: 252)
Sep 5, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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It's been a high-flying Father's Day for more than 50 children on board a special Air New Zealand flight last Sunday afternoon.

"Koru Care" flew in kids from across the country for the flight, and, for many, it was their first time in the sky. The charity takes children with serious medical conditions or difficult personal situations on overseas holidays. But last Sunday's flight was for the children who aren't up to making those trips.

Air NZ chief people officer Jodie King said the kids were just "fizzing" "The kids really enjoy it, and particularly when you take them on the overseas holidays. It sometimes just gives them a break from often the quite difficult circumstances they're in."

Last Sunday's flight had one special surprise. The airline partnered with aviation website Flightradar24 on Facebook to take an unusual flight route, enabling followers on the ground to join in the kid's excitement. The flight path drew a 440-kilometre-long and 483km-wide heart-shape across the country.

Flight captain Dave Wish said it's all about the planning. "There's so much planning on a day like this, especially the number of volunteers, or Air New Zealanders, that have put a lot of work into it."

But for those volunteers, it's a job they feel lucky to have. "I've actually been trying to hold back the tears, because it's actually really beautiful," said one volunteer.

Even though the flight lasted just two hours, for these children every minute will be a lifetime's memory.

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ac-tual

real, in fact


adj.实际

aid

help


n,v.援助

a-vi-a-tion

to do with flying


adj.航空

cir-cum-stance

the conditions under which something happens


n.情况

con-di-tions

the way people live and work, especially their safety and well-being


n.条件

cult

something really popular amongst a group of people


n.礼拜    

dif-fi-cult

hard, not easy


adj.困难

flew

to go somewhere by air or in space


v.飞

par-ti-cu-lar-ly

very or especially


adj.尤其    

route

a way to get from one place to another


n.路线

se-ri-ous

maybe causing great harm


adj.严重

spe-cial

better or greater than usual


adj.特别

un-u-su-al

strange, not common, different


adj.异常 / 特别