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Cathay Pacific and UNICEF launch Change for Good Days

15 Dec 2001

Cathay Pacific Airways and the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF have jointly launched "Change for Good Days" today. This weekend charity event held on 15 and 16 December has been organised to herald in Christmas, a season for giving and sharing.

Over the 2 days, 180 Cathay Pacific and UNICEF volunteers will help to collect foreign currencies and donations from the public at 15 designated sites around Hong Kong. To show our appreciation to the generous public, donors who contribute HK$20 or more will receive a festive Christmas candle, while donors who make contributions of HK$120 or above will be given a commemorative teddy bear.

The proceeds raised will be used to support UNICEF's relief programmes in 160 developing countries around the world. A portion of it will also go to the Cathay Pacific Wheelchair bank, which purchase specially adapted wheelchairs from overseas for children suffering from neuromuscular diseases in Hong Kong.

Officiating at today's opening ceremony, Cathay Pacific's Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen said: "Today's 'Change For Good Day' marks the 11th year of our partnership with UNICEF. A big thank you goes to our passengers and staff who have supported the Change for Good fundraising programme all these years. We hope to count on their continuous support so as to improve the lives of the underprivileged children around the world."

Cathay Pacific and UNICEF also took the opportunity at today's opening ceremony to encourage the public to donate their leftover change in any European currencies, as these will become obsolete after the introduction of the Euro in January 2002.

Cathay Pacific and UNICEF have been working together since 1991 on the "Change for Good" inflight fund raising programme. Over the past 10 years, more than HK$32.5 million have been raised to finance UNICEF's immunisation programmes and other health care initiatives worldwide. This year, the fund raising period has been extended from six months to one year. To show Cathay Pacific's support for the local community, one month's average proceeds will also go to the Cathay Pacific Wheelchair Bank.