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Cathay Pacific sponsors four children on Dreamflight

05 Oct 2000

Cathay Pacific Airways has helped four incurably ill children from Hong Kong take the flight of their dreams to Disneyworld's Magic Kingdom in the United States. The trip was arranged by the Dreamflight charity and the air tickets for Hong Kong participants were provided by Cathay Pacific as part of its commitment to charity in Hong Kong and around the world.

The four children, aged between 10 and 13, flew with Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to London last night. They will stay in London for three days of sightseeing and then travel to Florida in the United States to see Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Seaworld, and a number of other attractions. They will be accompanied throughout the trip by two Dreamflight escorts from Hong Kong. They will return to Hong Kong on 19 October.

Cathay Pacific's General Manager Corporate Communication Alan Wong said: "We are extremely pleased be able to help these children take the trip of their dreams to so many exciting places. It is a pleasure to work with a caring organisation like Dreamflight on such a worthwhile venture."

Dreamflight is an international charity that helps incurably ill children enjoy holidays that their illnesses might otherwise prevent them from experiencing. This year more than 190 children from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Hong Kong, and 60 American helpers will take part.

Every year Dreamflight raises over £350,000 (about HKD$4.9 million) to send the children on this vacation of a lifetime. This will be the 11th successive year the trip has been arranged.

Cathay Pacific's participation in the Dreamflight charity is only part of its contribution to charity. In 1999, the Cathay Pacific Charitable Travel Fund donated 276 air tickets to 173 charity and community organisations throughout Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific's other charity initiatives include sponsoring the Life Education Activity Programme (LEAP) which teaches young people about the dangers of substance abuse, and the Change for Good programme which raises funds for UNICEF.

Catherine Law, Assistant Manager, Public Relations, (852) 2747-5362