With an original goal of $30,000, the LATE MAIL RIDE was started with a few mates wanting raise some money for a worthy charity and to see some more of our great country. Our first year raised over $80,000 and has continued to prosper since then. Now after 5 years of the ride we have managed to raise a total of over $600,000. From our beginnings with 24 riders the event has now grown to some 55 riders taking part this year.
This year we have once again chosen to support Wings4Kidz who provide free transport for kids from regional NSW to vital medical treatment, saving families time, money and the stress from being away from home. We greatly appreciate all your support.
Wings4Kidz is a not for profit organization and provides a free, professional and reliable flight and ground transport service for children and their families in regional communities, who have serious or life threatening illnesses, and are required to travel to major city based hospitals for treatment.
For families living in regional areas, the reality is that they are disadvantaged when a child gets diagnosed with a serious medical condition because treatment may be ongoing for months or several years but access to treatment may also mean several hours, or days of travel via road or using public transport. For sick kids, the long trip is exhausting and can be detrimental to their health. This could mean days, weeks or months away from home and the support of family and friends. In addition, being faced with travel and accommodation costs of thousands per week as you try to keep your family together on top of the very significant treatment costs that families face with a seriously ill child.
Wings4Kidz aim to lessen the significant burden and effect of long distance travel for these children and families by providing a specialist free air and ground transport service, and keeping these families together during this difficult journey. A long car drive or hours of travel on public transport is replaced with a comfortable 1 hour flight that reduces the financial stress, is safer, less fatiguing, and something the kids really look forward to. Not only do Wings4Kidz provide the flights, but the ground transport service allows easy travel between the airport and health facilities. Wings4Kidz aircraft are registered for commercial operation, and pilots are carefully selected for their skills and experience.
For a Child requiring specialist treatment for heart conditions, blood disorders, cancer, congenital disorders, burns treatment or many other conditions which can only be treated at major hospitals, Wings4Kidz is there to support them throughout their treatment journey.