Thursday, March 6, 2014 - Submitted by Sydney Bears
The Sydney Bears are linking up with registered charity, Little Wings, who provide free air transport for children from rural and regional NSW to Sydney, for treatment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Their aim is to keep rural and regional families together as much as possible when a child is receiving treatment for a long-term serious illness. Flights are provided to families who, for medical or geographical reasons, cannot use road or rail transport or commercial air transport.
Living in remote or rural communities puts children with serious, long-term illness and their families, at significant disadvantage financially, emotionally and logistically. Cancer treatment, for example, takes several grueling cycles, leaving children feeling unwell and unable to face long road travel. Sadly, in many cases, the accumulated financial and separation stress results in approximately 40% of families falling apart permanently.
Returning children home safely and quickly after treatment, a Little Wings flight enables families to remain together as much as possible during a very traumatic time. By enhancing the quality of life, recovery process and family cohesiveness for sick children from rural and regional communities, Little Wings reduces the disruption to childhood for these seriously ill patients.
The Sydney Bears hope to help raise some funds and awareness for this charity that does so much to help the rural community receive medical help that we all take for granted in Sydney.
If you wish to donate to Little Wings, please go to www.littlewings.org.au or you can find them on the SHOUT app. We will also have a collection box at all home games if you wish to make a donation in person.
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