Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it has raised nearly HK$2 million in the past four months for the United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF) through its “Change for Good” programme. The airline has raised HK$42 million for UNICEF since 1991 by collecting passengers` spare change during flights.
Since the current fundraising drive started in August, more than 40 currencies have been collected, including Hong Kong, US and Taiwan dollars, Japanese yen and UK Sterling. Some other less common currencies from destinations such as Guatemala and Malta have also contributed to the total.
Cathay Pacific General Manager Corporate Communication Alan Wong said: “We are delighted that the proceeds raised between August and November are up more than 45 percent over the same four-month period last year. Hong Kong dollar donations are up 60 per cent. We hope more children worldwide will be able to benefit from our passengers` generosity.”
Change for Good involves passengers donating spare change they bring back from trips overseas to the UNICEF charity. Cathay Pacific passengers can make a donation by placing spare change in a specially provided Change for Good envelope which they can pass to one of Cathay Pacific`s cabin crew before disembarking. Money raised is used to support UNICEF`s relief programmes in more than 160 developing countries around the world.