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Lisbon, October 22th 2010
Our stop in Portugal has been another example of how MS organizations use our mission to further awareness in their country. In Portugal we have done everything we set out to do: we flew for treatment two ladies with MS from a remote mountain city to Lisbon, we had media events, and engaged a local celebrity who supports MS.
The Portuguese MS Society (SPEM), and Luisa Matias in particular, have been able to organize a great event. And we would also like to thank to the Portuguese Airforce for hosting our plane, to the Lisboa International Airport for waiving the landing fees, and to Cepsa Portugal for donating 1,000 liters of AvGAS.
On our first day in Lisbon we visited the MS center where we were greeted by lots of smiley faces.
The following day we flew to Covilha, a small mountain city, to pick up two ladies with MS and fly them back to Lisbon for treatment. We took along a TV crew and once in Covilha we were met by another. To show how the fight against MS should bring people together, I asked the two cameramen to shake hands and forget for a minute they are working for competing channels.
We then went to lunch with people with MS, were we received paintings done by some of them and other gifts.
Later we returned to the airport for a photo shoot with Ana Moura, a famous fado singer.
Upon departure we were greeted by the commander of the military airport, and then we set off for England.
Some sights from Portugal