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Friday 9th September 2016

Dear [FIRST_NAME],

It seems that each time that I write the introduction for our newsletter, there is bigger and better news to share. Last newsletter I noted that we had had the biggest month in terms of flights in the history of Little Wings with 33 flights in the month of March. Well, this month we have done it again! 47 missions completed for the month of August, transporting 111 passengers from 23 families, including 11 new families whom we welcomed to the service. Big thanks goes to our operations team including our volunteer pilots and drivers for making this happen.

Speaking of volunteers, we are so proud and excited to announce that the Little Wings team has won the Volunteer Team of the Year Award for the Sydney Mid West region from the Centre for Volunteering. As a regional winner, the team will now go on to be finalists at the State Awards. We will keep you posted. Congratulations team!

As the year flies by and we enter into a new financial year I would like to share with you a short video we have prepared reflecting on Little Wings achievements for the 2015/16 year. It has been a big and successful year for Little Wings and we look forward to another great year ahead. You can view the video on our You Tube channel using the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG5pRNBgrGY 

These great achievements, and the Little Wings service itself, could not exist without the strong support of corporates and community organisations. These past few months we have had the absolute pleasure of attending numerous grant cheque presentations, and in particular we would like to thank the following organisations for their generous donations –Transurban, Masonicare, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Slater and Gordon, Rotary, Lions Club, Sisters of Charity Foundation, as well as our corporate partners Hyundai Help for Kids and ClubsNSW.

We have also received substantial support from over 30 individual Clubs throughout NSW via the ClubsGRANTS Scheme. In total, Clubs this year have contributed over $200,000 to the Little Wings flight program. As we attend the various grant ceremonies across NSW we see just how much Clubs give back to their local community supporting an incredible number of well deserving charities performing fantastic work in their local community. Since the ClubGRANTS program began, Clubs have given away more than $1 billion in funding to various community groups, charities and sporting teams across NSW. We can not thank the Clubs enough for their support.

We have also seen some really inspirational fundraising by individuals, families and communities these past few months getting together to support Little Wings. Fundraising has come in all manner of ways, including running in the City to Surf, running a Half Marathon, completing an obstacle course with the family at the Little Big Dash, cutting long locks of hair off for charity, selling scrap metal, going Dry for July (ie. No alcoholic beverages for the month), as well as some unique charity fundraisers conducted by our regional friends including the Manila Team Penning competition, and sale of a lamb at the Dubbo show. We love how creative people are, and how they look for every opportunity to be able to raise funds for Little Wings. We encourage you to keep it up, we greatly appreciate your support! And as always if there is anything we can do to help you in your fundraising efforts we would love to assist.

Details of these fundraisers, as well as stories and photos of the families we help are regularly posted on our Facebook page. I encourage you to ‘like’ our Facebook page and share with your friends and family, so they can also join in and see the wonderful work of Little Wings.

Lastly, I would like to share with you some team updates. This month we welcome Kathie Stoker to the Little Wings team who has joined us as Flight Coordinator, we are pleased to have you on board. We also say a sad goodbye to Caroline Norman who has been with Little Wings for a number of years and has made a significant contribution in building important sponsor relationships, as well as our volunteer Grant Manager Gina Foong who has done a fantastic job in writing and submitting numerous grant applications for Little Wings. We wish you both all the very best for the future.

Regards, Richelle Koller, Managing Director

 

Upcoming Events

20th to 22nd September - Henty Machinery Field Days. This year Little Wings are exhibiting at the biggest southern NSW agribusiness event. Over the three days we will create awareness of the Little Wings service within the regional community and fundraise on behalf of the charity with fantastic raffles and Little Wings merchandise available for sale. If you are in the area please stop by the Little Wings stand.

September and October School Holidays - Kids Bingo. During these school holidays Little Wings will again be running Kids Bingo sessions at various clubs around NSW. If you are looking for a fun day out with the kids including Bingo, lunch and the chance to win some great prizes check out our website to see the session closest to you.

5th October - Muirfield Fundraiser. Muirfield Golf Club is hosting a Cash Housie Fundraiser for Little Wings and we would love to see you there. Everyone is welcome for a night full of fun and great prizes. The game starts at 7pm, and the Club will have the lounge menu available for purchase from 6pm. 


Golf NSW Partnership

We are very excited to be partnering with Golf NSW as their Regional Charity Partner for their 2016 NSW Open Golf Championship Regional Qualifying Tournaments. 

The Regional Qualifying Tournaments are an opportunity for any interstate or New South Wales based amateur male golfers to win their way into the 2016 NSW Open Golf Championship, which will be held once again at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course at Colebee in Greater Western Sydney November 10th to 13th.

With 8 regional tournaments being held over a 12 week period, we look forward to visiting regions of NSW that we fly to on a regular basis. To read the Golf NSW media release or find out more information click on the link below.

Zach's fundraising effort is truly insiprational

Zach first came to meet Little Wings when his athletics club, Bankstown Sports Little Athletics, presented Little Wings with a cheque from the Club’s trivia fundraising night.

Zach was so inspired from his visit to the Little Wings hangar that for his 10th Birthday Zach decided to make a difference and support Little Wings by raising money instead of asking for presents. He said he has everything he needs and wants to help others who aren't as lucky or healthy as he is. With a target of $500 Zach’s family and friends jumped on board raising a grand total of $2,240!

To thank Zach for this amazing effort, our friends at GWS Giants kindly donated a cap signed by all of the members of the team. Zach is proudly wearing the cap in the photo on the right. What an inspirational young man.

 


Southern Cross Credit Union Community Grant

Little Wings are in the running to receive a $5000 community  grant from Southern Cross Credit Union. To win this greatn, we need the help of all of our supporters and readers.

All you need to do is click on the website link below and vote for Little Wings. It's that easy! 

It would be great if you could share this link with your friends and family as well, the more votes the better our chances!

A successful Half Marathon fundraiser

Recently Lorraine competed in her very first half marathon. She chose to fundraise for Little Wings for two reasons - because she believed in the cause and so that she had something to focus on and motivate her whilst running the 21km. 

Lorraine raised over $2,000 for the charity and enjoyed her first half-marathon so much that she registered for the City 2 Surf and convinced her mum and husband to compete with her, raising further funds for Little Wings. Thanks Lorraine!

Brokenwood wines supporting Little Wings

If you enjoy a good drop of wine you will know how fantastic Brokenwood Wines are. With renown labels such as Cricket Pitch and Graveyard Vineyard, Brokenwood Wines are Australian Craft at it’s Finest.

Thanks to Brokenwood Wines, Little Wings supporters can enjoy 30% off and free shipping on all purchases made on their online site, plus for every case sold Brokenwood will donate $20 to Little Wings. What a fantastic offer!

To take advantage simply purchase your wine online using the coupon code below at checkout.

Coupon Code - WINGS

 

Foundation Partner

 

Major Partners

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