Toronto, Canada-based international medical repatriation company Fox Flight has partnered with Wounded Warriors Canada to help support programs for ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, first responders and their families. As part of its commitment, Fox Flight has placed a Wounded Warriors Canada decal on each of its four Lear jets.
“We are proud to use our air ambulance fleet to help raise awareness about Wounded Warriors Canada,” said company president David Fox. “As a Canadian company that specialises in helping sick and injured individuals get home to recover and resume their lives, we really appreciate the work Wounded Warriors Canada does to help members of our armed forces and first responders who have sacrificed so much.”
Founded in 2006, Wounded Warriors Canada is an independent veterans’ charity focusing on mental health. It invests programmes for ill and injured armed forces members, first responders and their families. Fox Flight has made a pledge to donate $100,000 to the charity over the next five years.
Scott Maxwell, executive director of Wounded Warriors Canada, said: “Thanks to Fox Flight Air Ambulance for their generous donation and for outfitting their aircraft with these awesome decals, helping raise awareness and funds for us across Canada and around the world. This is yet another example of how partnerships make our mental health programmes possible.”
David Fox said the company was inspired to partner with Wounded Warriors Canada by Dr Raymond Kao, who, in addition to serving as Fox Flight’s medical director, is an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Over the course of a 40-year military career, 25 of those as a critical care physician, Dr Kao has served multiple operational deployments in Afghanistan and also served on the military medical team combating the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. In 2013 he was named Canada’s first-ever Chair of Military Critical Care Research, said Fox Flight. Dr Kao is currently preparing to embark for Iraq for a three-month deployment with the Canadian peacekeeping force, said the company.
David Fox said: “We are obviously very proud to have Dr Kao as our Medical Director, and when we learned that he was deploying once again we wanted to do something to show our appreciation for his service. Helping to promote the great work Wounded Warriors Canada is doing seemed like the perfect way to do that.”
Maxwell added: “It was a true honour to announce this partnership with the support and presence of Capt. Raymond Kao – a truly outstanding Canadian who has served our country with distinction for so many years.”