An Aer Lingus cabin crew team of UNICEF Ambassadors recently traveled to India to see the work the organisation is doing for children.
The 2018 representatives of the Change for Good initiative visited some of UNICEF’s life-changing programmes for children in the Uttar Pradesh region to learn about the work being done there for children’s rights. In Uttar Pradesh 1.3 million children suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition.
The Aer Lingus/UNICEF partnership has raised more than €21 million over its more than 20 years of operation, helping many many thousands of children to survive difficult circumstances and to thrive and reach a better future.
Thank you to everyone at Aer Lingus for the unstinting commitment they have shown to children’s rights through the airline’s Change for Good programme.
Change for Good is Aer Lingus cabin crew’s in-flight collection of unwanted foreign notes and coins on all long-haul flights, which supports UNICEF’s global mission for children in over 150 of the world’s poorest countries and territories. Since 1997, UNICEF has received €21 million from Aer Lingus for vulnerable children everywhere.
Last year Aer Lingus cabin crew and the airline’s guests raised €1 million for UNICEF’s work in war-torn Syria; in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, countries that were ravaged by famine and, most recently, children displaced by the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.
Recently, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson met with the airline’s Ambassador team to express his thanks for the outstanding work the airline has done on behalf of children everywhere.
UNICEF Ambassador and Aer Lingus cabin crew member Sandra Sheehan commented after the event:
“We at Aer Lingus are extremely proud of our work with UNICEF. Spending time with Liam Neeson, sharing our pictures and experiences and discussing the importance of our work was a very special moment for us all. His role as a global UNICEF ambassador is inspirational. He has seen first-hand from his field-trips the positive impact that the loose change and notes that we collect on-board Aer Lingus flights can have on the lives of children worldwide.”
As part of the Aer Lingus TakeOff Foundation, Aer Lingus supports UNICEF Ireland as a charity partner.
For further information, visit www.aerlingus.com/about-us/takeoff-foundation.