BRISBANE, QSL - NOVEMBER 15: Actor John Travolta waves from the cockpit of an Airbus A380 at Brisbane International Airport on November 15, 2005 in Brisbane, Australia. The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner, is currently on a tour of Australia, and is expected to enter commercial service in 2006. (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images)
The actor/pilot/humanitarian took off from Tampa and flew 50 doctors, about 4,500 meals, and some ministers from the Church of Scientology to the island nation on his private plane. And when we say he flew them down himself, we mean he piloted the plane. He even paid for the gas.
The Church of Scientology (Travolta is a member) organized the trip. It seems volunteers from the church have been helping the Embassy of Haiti here in Washington as well as the Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee since the quake struck. That help includes grief counseling.
Travolta returned from the trip with Haitian-Americans, who are being reuinted with their families in the United States.
"I would like to thank Mr. John Travolta for the compassion he and his wife are showing to the people of Haiti at this time of great need," said Haitian Ambassador to the U.S. Raymond Joseph. "The donation of his time and skills to pilot the relief supply plane to Haiti was greatly needed, and it is a true example of an individual’s willingness to reconnect families which is very honorable and humbling."
The GWHRC and the Embassy of Haiti said they expect to send more medical professionals to Haiti as soon as planes are available.