Who we are

We help sick children.
Only together can we get them to the hospital, thanks to one flight

Our values

Flying Angels is the only non-profit organization specialized in funding and arranging flyghts for seriously sick children, so that they can reach the hospital ready to supply life-saving medical treatments, before it’s too late.

Vision

A world in which all seriously ill children can receive all necessary care they need in a timely and specialist manner, regardless of their place of birth.

Mission

Guarantee air transfer for seriously ill children toward specialised hospitals and cures they are need of, and to doctors (and supporting staff) to let them reach territories where there is a huge lack from a medical and sanitary point of view.

How it all began

I started thinking about Flying Angels after witnessing the tragic death of little Yuthi. The newborn baby needed heart surgery. In Romania there was no doctor who could perform the operation, but we had found a solution here in Italy. Unfortunately, during the time wasted looking for funds to pay for airline tickets, the boy did not make it. Since then I realized that something had to be done to prevent this terrible story from repeating itself.

This dream came true in 2012: with a group of Ligurian entrepreneurs, we founded Flying Angels.
Since then, the generosity of supporters and friends allowed many children to take planes in order to receive life-saving medical care, far away from their home.
A part of Yuthi continues to live in all these children.

Massimo Pollio

The Right to life and healthcare

We are committed to guaranteeing the right to healthcare to every child in the world. All seriously sick children must have the right to receive special medical care they need. Often, a flight is the only way to get them to a hospital where they can receive life-saving treatments or for a medical team, to treat them on site.

Timeliness

We made a commitment to stop children from dying because of a lack of timely medical help. A fight against time, essential for saving lives.
From the time a case is reported, Flying Angels is able to respond within 6 hours, collecting all the documentation necessary for a clinical evaluation.

Cooperation

We collaborate with multiple Italian and international organizations, who are active in humanitarian aid. By financing flights for children in need of care, they are being relieved of an important cost,so that they can 'reinvest' their resources by supporting their core mission and thus increase the total number of children helped.
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Independence and secularism

Flying Angels is an independent, secular, apolitical, non-denominational organization: these values represent a guarantee of protection for everyone's interests, without distinction of culture, race and religion. The Foundation intervenes in favor of children by fully respecting their cultures and religions, in the different countries in which it operates.

Transparency

For Flying Angels, traceability is essential. All the stories of the young patients are followed, documented and published on the website, in order both to give absolute visibility on the details of the flights purchased and to share all the available information relating to the stories of the children helped.

No borders

It is the principle of equality that guides the Foundation: helping families in difficulty who need to fly their children around the world to reach the necessary facilities and doctors they desperately need. At the same time the Foundation supplies flights for medical teams, reported by non-profit organizations around the world, in order to bring care on site.

Our History

Through an air flight, we give seriously sick children a chance to live, and thanks to donations we can save and give a future to more and more young lives.

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THE FIRST FLIGHT

Rame , a 40-day-old Kosovar infant, is transported by air ambulance to the Gaslini Pediatric Hospital due to severe heart disease. The beginning of our story is a child who is now 10 years old, goes to school and plays football.

THE FIRST MEDICAL TEAM

The Foundation decides to support also missions abroad, the first in Eritrea: an effective intervention both in short term, with surgical operations and, in medium-long term, with the fundamental activity of coaching and training of local staff .

DEVELOPMENT

In 12 months, the Foundation reaches almost 350 children in the world, confirming its international vocation .

NETWORKING

New collaborations with Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) not only Italian begin: 10 foreign NPOs active in Europe, Middle East, United States and Africa are asking for Flying Angels help and support. Thanks to these collaborations, 129 children are helped.

KNOW YOURSELF

A year of internal changes, guided by an accurate mapping of skills , with the aim of improving the response to requests for intervention and guarantee the economic sustainability of the Foundation.

A GREAT GOAL

Five years of activity and 1,000 children helped by Flying Angels : an important milestone achieved thanks to the commitment of numerous partners and the generosity of the Foundation's donors.

#salvALI

With the first edition of the national marketing campaign #salvALI , an accreditation process starts, mainly with public opinion. The campaign receives prestigious patronages (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, ENAC, Assaeroporti).
The number of children helped is growing: 358 in one year .

THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

The Scientific Committee of the Foundation is expanding, thanks to the co-optation of two other new doctors, with specialties complementary to those already present.

FLYING IN A PANDEMIC

Despite the worldwide spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation does not stop working: reorganization of key internal processes and intensification of the dialogue with its stakeholders are the key actions. 68 children are helped in such a complex year, from 17 countries .

THEORY OF CHANGE

Flying Angels defines its Theory of Change - improving a child life by guaranteeing access to life-saving cares, overcoming geographical and economic barriers - as a strategic tool to declare the social value that the Foundation intends to create with its work.
The important target of over 2000 children helped is celebrated during the year.

LOOKA AHEAD

The year of the ten-year celebration from the date of birth of the Foundation.
Flying Angels defines new projects - such as the Guardian Angels one and new fundraising campaign such as salvaliconilcuore - to intervene, together with partners, more and more effectively in favor of all those seriously ill children reaching every day the Foundation, asking for help.

Organization

Flying Angels Foundation saves the lives of seriously sick children through a plane ticket

by making children fly to hospitals where they can find the medical staff and treatment they need
by making medical teams fly to developing countries where they can carry out health missions
Flying Angels has no territorial boundaries. It intervenes in every country where there is a need for medical treatments by transporting children and doctors wherever there is a hospital ready to welcome them in case of urgent need, in collaboration with more and more international organizations.

Steering Committee

President

Mauro Iguera
Amministratore Delegato presso Cambiaso Risso Marine SpA

Vice president

Vittorio Doria Lamba
Sole Administrator at Alifood s.r.l.

Councilors

Francesca Campora
Edoardo Garrone Foundation General Manager
Cesare Castelbarco Albani
Prosper Srl President
Francesco Maria Greco
Ambassador of Italy
Gregorio Gavarone
Rimorchiatori Riuniti S.p.A. CEO
Massimo Pollio
Imagro S.p.A. CEO
Alessandro Garrone
Executive Vice President presso ERG S.p.A.

Executive Commitee

President

Mauro Iguera
Amministratore Delegato presso Cambiaso Risso Marine SpA

Members

Alessandro Garrone
Executive Vice President presso ERG S.p.A.
Carlo Dufour
Presidente Comitato Scientifico
Gregorio Gavarone
Rimorchiatori Riuniti S.p.A. CEO
Massimo Pollio
Imagro S.p.A. CEO

Control body

Avv. Francesco Illuzzi
President
Giambattista Poggi
Renato Rovida

Treasury

Paolo Ravà

Statutory auditor

Società Ernst & Young

Org chart

For further information in relation to every specific role, please refer to the Foundation's Statute.

Steering Committee

President

Mauro Iguera
Amministratore Delegato presso Cambiaso Risso Marine SpA

Vice president

Vittorio Doria Lamba
Sole Administrator at Alifood s.r.l.

Councilors

Francesca Campora
Edoardo Garrone Foundation General Manager
Cesare Castelbarco Albani
Prosper Srl President
Alessandro Garrone
Executive Vice President presso ERG S.p.A.
Gregorio Gavarone
Rimorchiatori Riuniti S.p.A. CEO
Massimo Pollio
Imagro S.p.A. CEO
Francesco Maria Greco
Ambassador of Italy

Executive Commitee

President

Mauro Iguera
Amministratore Delegato presso Cambiaso Risso Marine SpA

Members

Vittorio Doria Lamba
Sole Administrator at Alifood s.r.l.
Alessandro Garrone
Executive Vice President presso ERG S.p.A.
Gregorio Gavarone
Rimorchiatori Riuniti S.p.A. CEO
Massimo Pollio
Imagro S.p.A. CEO

Control body

Avv. Francesco Illuzzi
President
Giambattista Poggi
Renato Rovida

Treasury

Paolo Ravà

Statutory auditor

Società Ernst & Young

Org chart

For further information in relation to every specific role, please refer to the Foundation's Statute.

Scientific Committee

The Flying Angels Scientific Committee is composed of volunteer doctors with stong professional experience and backgrund, valutazione qualificata ed accurata di ogni caso, bambino, storia clinica.

Severity, Urgency, Non curability in the country of origin.

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Severity

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Urgency

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Non curability in the country of origin

Dr. CARLO DUFOUR

President
Direttore Polo Emato-Onco-TMO, Direttore U.O.C. Ematologia IRCCS Giannina Gaslini (Genova)

DR. PIERO BUFFA

Chirurgo Pediatra in pensione, ex. Responsabile U.O.C.: Chirurgia Pediatrica IRCCS Giannina Gaslini (Genova)

DR. CARLO MOSCI

S.C. Manager E.O.Ocological Ophthalmology Galliera Hospitals (Genoa)

DR. FRANCESCO SANTORO

Cardiochirurgo U.O.C Chirurgia Cardio Vascolare Ospedale IRCCS Giannina Gaslini (Genova)

DR. ANNE FALCOU

Neurologist, Emergency and Acceptance Department Policlinico Umberto I (Rome)

DR. MARCO BRUNERO

Medical Director of the Pediatric Surgery Clinic of the Policlinico San Matteo (Pavia)

Scientific Committee

The Flying Angels Scientific Committee is composed of skilled and specialized volunteer doctors who have the very important task of promptly examining all request upon receipt, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, and authorizing cases according to the clinical parameters of:

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Severity

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Urgency

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Non curability in the country of origin

Dr. CARLO DUFOUR

President
Direttore Polo Emato-Onco-TMO, Direttore U.O.C. Ematologia IRCCS Giannina Gaslini (Genova)

DR. PIERO BUFFA

Chirurgo Pediatra in pensione, ex. Responsabile U.O.C.: Chirurgia Pediatrica IRCCS Giannina Gaslini (Genova)

DR. CARLO MOSCI

S.C. Manager E.O.Ocological Ophthalmology Galliera Hospitals (Genoa)

DR. FRANCESCO SANTORO

Cardiochirurgo U.O.C Chirurgia Cardio Vascolare Ospedale IRCCS Giannina Gaslini (Genova)

DR. ANNE FALCOU

Neurologist, Emergency and Acceptance Department Policlinico Umberto I (Rome)

DR. MARCO BRUNERO

Medical Director of the Pediatric Surgery Clinic of the Policlinico San Matteo (Pavia)

Transparency

Transparency is one of the core values ​​of the organization, and the basis of the relationship with stakeholders, both in terms of traceability of donations and in terms of clarity on processes and projects financed.

Foundation Manifest

Foundation Statue