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Wiseway Group plea for Wuhan mercy dash

Flight given Chinese government approval but needs more cargo donations


With coronavirus (Covid-19) continuing to be a global crisis, an Australian-Chinese freight company is seeking to send aid to its epicentre in Wuhan.

China trade-focused multimodal transport and logistics firm Wiseway says it has received permission from the Chinese government to charter the first freighter flight directly to Wuhan to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid.

“We are asking Australian manufacturers to donate any products which may be helpful to assist in fighting the outbreak,” Wiseway MD Florence Lee says.

“There has been a ground-swell of support from the corporations and the community groups making donations to send directly to the centre of the outbreak and support coronavirus relief efforts.”

For listed company Wiseway, this is an inaugural chartered flight to deliver cargo and it is a first direct flight from Sydney to Wuhan, since the virus outbreak.

“The donations include much-needed protective clothing for healthcare professionals, including surgical and N95 masks, along with medical equipment, decontamination products and medications,” Lee says.

“We are very pleased that we can send the first freighter aircraft out between Saturday, 22 February to Tuesday, 25 February, depending on the time slot allocation from Sydney airport.”

The mercy-dash will have a strict two-hour turnaround in Sydney airport.

“In the interest of safety, the pilots conducting the flight will not leave the aircraft, and the flight will carry no passengers,” the company says.

“Freight will be unloaded in Wuhan by personnel from humanitarian groups who will meet the flight at the airport.”

Read about Wiseway’s recent interstate trucking deal, here

While it has made a start on collecting donations, Wiseway is also looking for more to help fill the flight.

“This Monday we collected 25 tonnes of goods but have capacity for 100 tonnes. We will facilitate and welcome more donations,” Lee says.

Goods sought include:

  • personal protective clothing and equipment (surgical masks, N95 respirator masks, gloves, gowns, goggles)
  • non-perishable foods (wellbeing improvement products, health supplements, powdered milk).

The company says all costs associated with the flight are being covered by Wiseway as part of their contribution to the global fight against the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

Donations can be made by February 21 (12 noon) via the following collection points at Wiseway’s warehouses:

Sydney: 9-15 Alfred Rd, Chipping Norton NSW 2170, + 61 2 9725 6688

Melbourne: 85 Northgate Dr, Thomastown VIC 3074, + 61 3 9464 1888

Adelaide: 22-26 Alfred Ave, Beverley SA 5009, +61 8 8268 2888

Brisbane: 30 Woomera Pl, Archerfield QLD 4108, + 61 7 3277 6888

Perth: 9 Ferguson St, Kewdale WA 6105, + 61 8 9353 5688

Auckland, New Zealand:  Auckland Airport, 74 Richard Pearse Dr, Airport Oaks AK 2022, +64 9 256 1888.


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