PMH and Perth Airport partnership continues to take-off
Perth Airport is pleased to continue its strong partnership with the PMH Foundation, by donating more than $5,000 of equipment to assist purchase a syringe pump and a physiotherapy bench seat. This equipment will improve the treatment of children in the Intensive Care Unit and those who need physical therapy as a result of spinal injuries and other neurological conditions.
The funds donated are a result of an initiative introduced by Perth Airport in 2009. Under the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005, passengers cannot take “sharp” or other prohibited items (such as scissors, knives, fishing equipment etc) through security screening points. Items surrendered at the International Terminal (T1) and Domestic Terminal 3, both of which are managed by Perth Airport Pty Ltd, are sent to a public auction house and the funds raised are matched – dollar for dollar – by the airport and donated to the PMH Foundation.
Since 2009, more than $15,000 has been raised and auction and, combined with Perth Airport’s generosity, this has meant more than $30,000 has been donated to the PMH Foundation to purchase much needed equipment.
Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer, Brad Geatches said, “It is fantastic that we are able to turn surrendered, prohibited items into funds that can make a real difference to the PMH Foundation and the children who require their assistance. These children are sick through no fault of their own and by providing equipment, we are contributing to their recovery”.
PMH Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Denys Pearce said that Perth Airport’s donation was invaluable, and the Foundation appreciated the ongoing partnership with the airport.
“We are incredibly proud of our relationship with Perth Airport and are grateful for this donation, which will make a significant difference to the children being treated in the Intensive Care Unit and to those who requiring physical therapy,” he said.
IMAGE TOP: (L-R: Eva, Nicola & Brad) Meet Eva, her physiotherapist Nicola and Perth Airport CEO, Brad Geatches. Eva has Spina Bifida and attends PMH for physio. Perth Airport purchased the bench seat pictured which helps children like Eva.
IMAGE RIGHT: Head of Physiotherapy, Kim Laird, accepting the donation of a Syringe Pump & Bench Seat from Perth Airport's CEO Brad Geatches. The specially designed seat allows children with spinal injuries and other neurological conditions to sit out of their wheelchairs with support to practice balance whilst playing.