Eyes in the Sky

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Bevan’s dream was to learn to fly drones and hopefully help save a life or two.

A former mechanic and Australian Grand Prix pitstop official, Bevan’s mobility was considerably reduced due to his severe pulmonary hypertension and rare lung disease.

“Last Christmas they reckon I was going to pull the pin, but I’m still going,” Bevan said. “My illness means I am not as mobile as I would like to be.

“Now, thanks to The Dreams Project, I’ve got something to get out of bed for, I’ve been able to start life again. With so many people helping me, I just want to give my time to helping others."

Thanks to formal instruction to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Belrose headquarters of Surf Life Saving NSW, Bevan completed training and filled a place on the volunteer roster with South Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club – sweeping the beaches as a fully-fledged member of the UAV patrol.

Bevan had always dreamed of flying drones to help surf lifesaving clubs patrol the Northern Beaches.

“It’s my way of giving back to the community, for as long as I can,” he said. “Having finished the course, the drones keep me occupied and active, and positive about a future where I still matter to others."

We are honoured that Bevan’s dream to help the community has come true, acting as ‘eyes in the sky’ to assist lifesavers spot sharks and swimmers in trouble.

Watch the video below to see how much Bevan’s Dream meant to him and his wife

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