Father’s Day 2016 weekend at the Hollister Airshow in California provided a picture perfect backdrop for plein air plane painting. This was the 20th SafeLaunch Flight Above Addiction, where parents learn how and why to protect their children from drug and alcohol exposure while their children paint their dreams onto the fuselage of an all-white Cessna.
The SafeLaunch mission to prevent addiction where it almost always starts… with kids, is so important that co-founder Ron Cuff doesn’t object when other airshow pilots call him crazy for letting kids paint his plane, or when they ask him for the umpteenth time whether the paint washes off. Rather, he offers them– and all parents– the opportunity to “Take the Pledge” to be a strong and loving parent who refuses to let children experiment with drugs or alcohol.
Enjoy this short video of our 20th mission to stop addiction.
Father’s Day 2016 will mark SafeLaunch’s 20th “Airstrike” on Addiction, a disease more deadly than ISIS
That “crazy” SafeLaunch pilot and dad, Ron Cuff, will fly his Cessna 182 to the Hollister Airshow this Father’s Day weekend. Together with his trusty co-pilot and co-founder Janet Rowse, they will invite all kids at the show to paint their HEALTHY LIFE DREAMS on his plane. While colorizing his all-white plane, they will be reminding kids that flying a plane is the only safe way to “get high”.
The SafeLaunch mission to prevent addiction where it’s usually starts… with kids, is so important that Ron doesn’t let it bother him when other airshow pilots call him crazy for letting kids paint his plane or when they ask him for the umpteenth time whether the paint washes off. He deftly handles their comments with a wry smile… and then challenges them to “Take the Pledge” to be a strong and loving parent who refuses to let kids experiment with drugs or alcohol.
Armed with colorful paint and brushes, Flights Above Addiction gives children the opportunity to get creative with a small plane and inspires them to think about where they want to go. SafeLaunch Co-Founder Ron Cuff, the plane’s owner and pilot, tells them, “A great flight is like a great life- both take planning and a clear head.” Before painting “DJ”, the children and their parents learn about addiction risk and sign the SafeLaunch Pledge, which offers 11 healthy action steps that families can take.
We feel honored to have been invited back for the 3rd time to Santa Ynez Airport Day to bring our proactive health message to young families. Based on current brain studies, preventing and delaying the first use of drugs and alcohol prevents substance use disorders, addiction, and often tragedy.