easyJet supports UNICEF’s Typhoon Haiyan emergency appeal

easyJet, a UK-based airline, has launched an emergency appeal with UNICEF, a major world children’s organisation, to help the nearly four million children who have been affected by the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

A part of easyJet and UNICEF’s ‘Change for Good’ partnership, the emergency appeal was launched on all easyJet flights on November 14. The on-board donations from passengers will be collected on easyJet’s 7,000 flights per week, which cover the airline’s pan-European network of over 600 routes across more than 33 countries.

The money raised through passenger donations will help UNICEF to provide clean water, life-saving emergency food and medicine for the children of the Philippines.

Carolyn McCall, easyJet’s chief executive, said: ‘As the UK’s largest airline, we are in a very strong position to help the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan with our emergency onboard appeal. At easyJet we have been deeply moved by the scenes of devastation in the Philippines and that is why we are launching an emergency appeal on all our flights from today in partnership with UNICEF. To get the appeal started we have donated £20,000. We hope our support, and the generosity of our passengers, will help make a difference to the communities affected.’

David Bull, UNICEF UK’s executive director, added: ‘We’re extremely grateful to easyJet for their financial support which will be critical to help us continue getting supplies to children and families whose lives have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Many of them have lost everything and are in urgent need of clean water, shelter and protection from malnutrition and disease. The contributions from easyJet and its passengers, will help us scale up our emergency response and get vital supplies to those desperately in need of our help.’

The Change for Good partnership between easyJet and UNICEF has collected over £2.1 million through passenger donations for UNICEF’s life-saving work for children since July 2012. At present easyJet is the highest fundraising partner of the Change for Good programme.

easyJet organises midnight run at Gatwick to support UNICEF

easyJet, a UK-based airline, has organised a midnight runway run at the airline’s biggest base – London Gatwick Airport – to raise money for UNICEF, a charitable organisation that works for children and their rights.

One hundred and fifty of easyJet’s staff, including cabin crew, pilots, office and engineering team members, volunteered for a moonlit runway run at midnight on Monday, September 30. All the participants wore UNICEF T- shirts and completed the 3.3km run in aid of UNICEF’s ‘Change for Good’ campaign. Gatwick’s runway number 2 6 L was closed especially for the fundraising event, which raised over GBP4,500 to provide vaccinations to protect 11,250 children.

Jason Holt, easyJet’s head of Gatwick, said: ‘We’re delighted that so many of the easyJet team gathered together to complete the midnight Runway Run and raise money for UNICEF’s Change for Good appeal.

‘We’re so proud to be supporting such a worthy cause and the enthusiasm and team spirit of all involved has been tremendous – even at 2am! More than GBP4,500 has been raised through this event alone and I’d like to thank the Gatwick Airport team for enabling this unique charity run to take place, and everybody who took part for their support. We’re making a real difference to the lives of millions of children around the world.’

UNICEF UK executive director, David Bull, said: ‘We are delighted to be Running the Runway with easyJet, in celebration of the Change for Good partnership. We would like to say a big thank you to easyJet for their continued support for our life saving work for children.’

Stewart Wingate, London Gatwick CEO, said: ‘Gatwick was delighted to host this unique night-time run and we would like to congratulate easyJet on such a fantastic effort in aid of UNICEF.’

According to easyJet, the airline and UNICEF’s Change for Good partnership has already raised nearly GBP1.2 million in passenger donations and unused foreign currency since its launch in July 2012. UNICEF has used the contributions to immunise nearly 1.5 million children against polio, and 2.5 million children and mothers against deadly childhood diseases and maternal and newborn Tetanus.

‘Change for Good’ is UNICEF’s global initiative run in partnership with airlines all over the world. The airline partners include: American Airlines, Qantas and Cathay Pacific, as well as easyJet in the UK. In total, ‘Change for Good’ has raised over GBP53 million globally for UNICEF’s work with children, easyJet said in its release.