One of the most sadly unsung aspects of aviation employers is their extensive work with local communities and charities to hold events and undertake activities that help to make our world a better place. There are many ways in which aviation firms contribute to and support charities, of which some are outlined below. The key charitable roles played by the leading airlines
Airlines have long supported vital charitable causes around the globe. British Airways, for instance, raises money to help children in the UK and beyond through its Flying Start charity, in partnership with Comic Relief. The charity has raised £16.5 million from onboard donations since 2010.
EasyJet, meanwhile, has a pan-European charity partnership with the world’s leading children’s organisation, UNICEF, raising more than £10 million since 2012 to protect millions of children from disease and keep them safe during emergencies.
The first airline to collect foreign currency on flights, however, was Virgin Atlantic, which launched its onboard Change for Children appeal in 2003 and has worked almost exclusively with WE Charity – formerly Free The Children – since 2010, raising over £4 million for both UK and worldwide projects. What other charities are making a difference through aviation?
The power of aviation has proved invaluable in all manner of other social causes, as demonstrated by such charities as fly2help and Stratus.
The former was founded by pilots, and holds inspiring Air Smiles Days for children and adults living with disability, life-limiting conditions, severe illness, bereavement and isolation. Stratus, too, was established by aviation professionals who wished to use their flying qualifications and passion to help those less fortunate. It is dedicated to a variety of causes, ranging from malaria and blindness prevention to the delivery of vital aid after a humanitarian disaster.
Aviation Without Borders (AWB), based at Heathrow Airport, is another charity that provides humanitarian assistance through aviation services. Its main activities include air cargo shipments, aircraft operations and a National Fly Kids Day, the latter an annual ‘aviation discovery’ fun day for children with special needs.
Such charities as the above help to show the wide range of channels through which aviation professionals are continuing to shape our planet for the better of us all. Perhaps, by partnering with TARCG, you can use our resources as an Aviation Recruiter to land a position that will help you, too, to benefit our society through the potency of aviation?
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