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Cathay Pacific celebrates support for UNICEF

10 Jun 2004

Cathay Pacific Airways Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Chen today visited UNICEF’s headquarters in New York to meet with the organisation’s Executive Director Carol Bellamy and mark the airline’s 13-year partnership with UNICEF, during which it has raised more than US$6.5 million for child education, health and welfare programmes.

Cathay Pacific has backed UNICEF’s "Change-for-Good" fund-raising programme, in which passengers donate unwanted foreign currency, since 1991. It has so far raised more money for the cause than any other Asia Pacific airline. Cathay Pacific was the first airline in the world to mobilise staff and community volunteers to participate in “Change for Good Day” fundraising activities in the Hong Kong community at large.

This past weekend, on 5 and 6 June, 250 young volunteers, who are members of the airline’s “I Can Fly” community programme, canvassed for donations, collecting spare local and foreign currencies across Hong Kong.

Mr Chen, who is in New York to celebrate the launch of non-stop Cathay Pacific services between New York and Hong Kong, which commence on 1 July 2004, presented Ms Bellamy with a memento of the weekend’s fundraising event. He expressed the support and concern that Hong Kong’s young people have for others.

“With the support of our passengers, the Hong Kong community and the good work of our staff volunteers, Cathay Pacific has raised the highest cumulative donation for the ‘Change-for-Good’ programme amongst participating Asia Pacific airlines,” Mr Chen said. “We hope all these helping hands will continue to reach out to children in need through our joint effort with UNICEF.”

UNICEF’s Executive Director Carol Bellamy said: “UNICEF is grateful for Cathay Pacific's long standing commitment to children. Their support will help millions of children across the globe survive and thrive. And their participation in the ‘Change for Good’ programme is a perfect example of how the corporate sector can do its part in the protection of children. We're very proud of this wonderful partnership.”

During her meeting with Mr Philip Chen, Cathay Pacific's Director and Chief Operating Officer, Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF praised the airline for its achievements in raising the greatest donations for the "Change-for-Good" programme amongst Asia Pacific airlines.
Mr Philip Chen, Director and Chief Operating Officer, presents a memento to Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF at its head office in New York symbolising the commitment of members of the "I Can Fly" programme to underprivileged children around the world.