Whitehaven Coal has partnered with Little Wings, a non-profit organisation providing free transport services for seriously ill children in regional areas of the ACT, Queensland and NSW.
The new partnership will bring Little Wings services to Narrabri and Gunnedah in NSW.
“We are extremely grateful to companies like Whitehaven for helping us expand our services into pockets of NSW that are in desperate need of specialist medical services,” Little Wings chief executive officer Clare Pearson said.
“Every child deserves access to the best possible healthcare and this donation will help our doctors reach more and more kids in need. Ultimately this will allow us to assist in rebalancing the inequities that exist in our healthcare system.”
Whitehaven will contribute $25,000 to support the delivery of 16 free pop-up clinics. The clinics will be run in partnership with local hospitals.
“We’ve all seen the positive impact their flight service has had and it’s great to now bring their medical expertise to our local communities,” Whitehaven general manager community engagement Darren Swain said.
“We are committed to building local community capacity through intergenerational investment in health, skills, infrastructure, and education.”
Whitehaven and Little Wings will hold a launch and information session event on November 8 in Gunnedah and November 9 in Narrabri.
“There’s nothing more important than our kids’ health and this free service will help to provide medical support where it’s needed most,” Swain said.
“We look forward to working with the Little Wings’ amazing team of doctors, pilots, and volunteers as the program is rolled out in the coming weeks.”
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