Wings4kidz do amazing work in helping sick children and their families in regional NSW. When a child is sick and needs ongoing medical treatment, it can often be a financial burden and strain on the family. Some families in regional NSW are isolated and a trip to Sydney with a sick child via car can be strenuous and impractical. This is where Wings4Kidz step in; flying sick children and their families to and from Sydney for their treatment. And it's for free. Wings4kidz primarily support travel to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and John Hunter Children’s Hospital Newcastle, as well as helping children attend many specialist appointments across Sydney.
In the next 12 months Wings4kidz will have completed 400 flights with over 1200 passengers. The aircraft and pilots are based in Bankstown, Dubbo and Cessnock.
The charity hold various fundraising activities with 100% of funds raised going directly to providing flights, with no administration or wages.
The strategy for the charity over the next three years is to provide 1000 flights annually for NSW and to replicate this plan for Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. The next stage in development is being able to provide flights in high performance jet aircraft, which can hold sea level cabin pressure up to 13,000ft. This is very important for children who are about to undergo, or have undergone brain surgery. It’s impossible for them to use commercial flight services, and the only option is long distance road travel which is far from ideal. Wings4kidz are planning an Outreach Clinic to take medical staff to regional hospitals to that local treatment can be provided, reducing the demanding travel on children and families.
Wings4kidz provide flights for children with serious or life threatening illnesses such as:
Oncology, Renal, Genetic, Burns, Connective Tissue Disorders, Cochlear Implants, Cardiac, Psychology, Orthopaedic and Cerebral Palsy.