Sydney Chic is proud to support Wings4Kidz who have launched their free flight service for seriously ill children in regional NSW areas needing to travel to the major hospitals for treatment.
Having a child diagnosed with a serious condition that may require long periods of treatment is traumatising for the entire family, but imagine if it also meant several hours, or days of travel just to access treatment. Wings4Kidz understand the pressure that families with seriously ill children are under, especially those in regional areas that require days, weeks or months away from home, family and friends. Then there are the costs of travel and accommodation costs 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 exceed 70%. 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, and keeping these families together during this difficult journey. Wings4Kidz aircraft are registered for commercial operation, and their pilots are carefully selected for their skills and experience to ensure the highest level of safety is provided for their precious cargo.
It’s not hard to imagine how this benefits a child and family during their treatment journey. Having to put a seriously ill child into a car for a 7-10 hour journey each way on a weekly basis is not only stressful for the parents, but it’s also detrimental for the child both physically and emotionally. Replacing this with a comfortable 1 hour flight reduces the financial stress, is safer, less fatiguing, and something the kids really look forward to. Wings4Kidz make sure the flight is an enjoyable experience and understand that their passengers are not usually experienced flyers so customer care is extremely important to the team.
For a child requiring specialist treatment for heart conditions, blood disorders, cancer, congenital disorders, burns treatment or the many other conditions, which can only be treated at major hospitals, Wings4Kidz is there to support them throughout their treatment journey.
On a personal note, I am also very proud to say that my brother has volunteered to be a pilot for Wings4Kidz.