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Western Sydney Registered Clubs commit $100,000

28th November 2017

ClubsNSW Western Metro

Little Wings are proud to announce a three-year partnership with registered clubs from the Western Metropolitan region, which will see a guaranteed minimum commitment of $100,000 from clubs to assist in flying sick children and their families from regional NSW to children’s hospitals across Sydney and the Hunter.

More than 100 clubs across Western Sydney have fundraised at a series of events, with the collective money raised going towards this iconic service to continue helping those in need during their most vulnerable time.

One of the beneficiaries of Little Wing’s service is the Kirkland family from Lismore (pictured above). Tania and Darren’s daughter Emily was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer resulting in a tumour in her mouth at just 6 months old. She received chemotherapy as a baby, though Emily unfortunately relapsed four years later in June 2013. It was at this time that Little Wings was introduced to Emily and her family to help transport them back and forth to Lismore whilst she underwent further chemotherapy.

Since 2013, Emily has continued to fight the cancer. Little Wings still supports the Kirkland family as they travel once every six months to the Children’s Hospital in Westmead for Emily’s check-ups, which will be required well into her teenage years.

 “The service Little Wings provides is one of a kind. The staff are always so welcoming and it makes a stressful situation much more bearable,” says Tania Kirkland.

“We’re grateful that this service can continue to operate in the future not just to help us, but also other families going through a similar situation.”

Richelle Koller, CEO of Little Wings, says “Our service is based out of Bankstown Airport, an area where many of these local clubs are situated, and I’m humbled by their generosity in giving back to not only their local communities, but sick children from the country too.”

“This exciting partnership with registered clubs in the local area is a real boost for Little Wings, as we aspire to help the hundreds of families in need of our service.”

Bill Treloar, President of the ClubsNSW Western Metropolitan region, says “We’re proud to provide Little Wings with this support that will ensure they are able to continue this crucial service.”

“Geographic seclusion and transport issues often make an already tough situation even more difficult. This support from registered clubs in the Western Metropolitan region will help ease the travel fatigue and financial burden on families of sick children.”

Anthony Ball, ClubsNSW CEO, says this commitment further enhances that of the wider club industry.

“Over the last four years, Little Wings has received over $1.3M in funding from the club industry. This significant commitment from the Western Metropolitan is another boost for the organisation, which will allow them to continue to deliver the flight service to those in need.”

“It’s yet another example of clubs giving back.”

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