Up, Up and Away

CPO flying for kids with Cystic Fibrosis

Next time you curse the prospect of a red-eye flight to Perth, spare a thought for Matthias Fuchs, Boral’s Chief Procurement & Risk Officer who is soon to traverse 140,000km over 11 days – all from a modest Qantas economy-class seat.

Already a super-frequent flyer, Matthias will start this epic journey on November 7 in an effort to raise funds for the cystic fibrosis clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

As featured in the October Qantas Inflight magazine, Matthias’ challenge is to fly for 11 days and 10 nights without leaving airport terminals. The 170 flying hours will
see him visit every continent on earth, except Antarctica. 
If this sounds like utter madness, Matthias is well experienced in long-haul flights, having previously partnered with Qantas in 2011 to fly for nine days – an effort which saw him raise an incredible $130,000 for children with cystic fibrosis. 

The most common life-threatening recessive gene condition among Australian children, cystic fibrosis
attacks the lungs and digestive system, eventually leads
to respiratory failure.  Whilst there is no cure as yet, average life expectancy for those with cystic fibrosis has increased in the last 20 years and is now into the late thirties.

Every dollar raised by Matthias’ journey will go to the Westmead Cystic Fibrosis Clinic to fund a full-time researcher.

The Faculty is calling on the procurement community to get behind Matthias in this astonishing and worthy mission to improve the quality of life for those with cystic fibrosis.  To donate, visit: