Speaker Date Topic
Kevin Robinson Oct 09, 2018 6:00 PM
FLIGHTS 4 KIDZ
FLIGHTS 4 KIDZ

Australia leads the world in providing specialist care and treatment for children with serious and life threatening illnesses, something that is appreciate when it’s needed. Having a child diagnosed with a serious medical condition that may require treatment for months, or several years is traumatising for the entire family, but imagine if it also meant several hours, or days of travel just to access treatment. This could mean days, weeks or months away from home and the support of family and friends, and having to deal with long difficult treatments in isolation away from the support of your partner and family. In addition, being faced with travel and accommodation costs of thousands per week trying to keep your family together on top of the very significant treatment costs that families face with a seriously ill child. For families living in regional areas this is their reality as they face the significant and difficult challenges to access treatment for a child that is only available in the major hospitals. 40% of families with children diagnosed with cancer in regional NSW have relationship breakdowns due the stresses during the treatment process, and for other conditions the statistics can exceed 70%. This is a tragedy for the parents, the siblings and the child receiving treatment. Wings4Kidz aim is to lessen the significant burden and effect of long distance travel for these children and families by providing a specialist free air service accompanied by a ground transport service, and keeping these families together during this difficult journey. Wigs4Kidz aircraft are registered for commercial operation, and pilots are carefully selected for their skills and experience to ensure the highest level of safety is provided for the precious cargo.

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