On june 18, 1972, members of JCI Belgium came back from the European Conference in Edinburgh. After a stopover in London the most unthinkable happened: the plain crashed close to  Staines. Nobody survived the accident, including 7 members and 2 partners. The big loss was reliefed by an enormous international solidarity and the Staines Foundation was established. Even today this foundation is still active. Each year the Staines Award, which is seen as the highest distinction for a JCI member, is granted during a touching ceremony, honoured by JCI London.

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