Air New Zealand donates more than a million items to Kiwi organisations
This week, the airline donated more than 6,400 items of bedding, crockery, amenity kits and kids inflight packs to the Middlemore Foundation - a charity funding important and life-changing initiatives to help those in need in the South Auckland community and throughout Aotearoa - bringing the total number of donations for the year to just over one million.
Since May, Air New Zealand has donated more than 190,000 Cookie Time cookies, almost 9,500 bedding items, around 9,600 inflight goods (amenity kits, crockery and kids inflight packs) and close to 800,000 dry goods (muesli, crackers and fudge) to 33 organisations and charities including:
- Christchurch City Mission
- Christchurch District Health Board
- Christchurch Food Bank
- Christchurch Salvation Army
- Eat My Lunch
- Everybody Eats
- Fair Food
- Foster Hope
- Happiness House Queenstown
- Hospitals in Auckland and Waitakere
- Kidz First Community Health
- Mangere Budgeting Trust and Food Bank
- Middlemore Foundation
- New Zealand Food Network
- New Zealand Red Cross
- Police in Canterbury, Ormiston and New Lynn
- Refugees as Survivors New Zealand
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Saint Vincent de Paul
- South Point Doctors
- Te Kōtahi ā Tāmaki
- Vision West
- Wellington City Mission
- Women's Refuge
Middlemore Foundation CEO Sandra Geange says the Air New Zealand items will be distributed to people in the community who need it the most.
"The donation of the crockery, amenity kits, bedding and kids' inflight packs from Air New Zealand is a very kind gesture especially around Christmas time when people need even more support. We will get these items straight out to tamariki and whānau in need in South Auckland. Massive thanks and appreciation to the team at Air New Zealand!"
Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the idea to donate the surplus goods came from the airline's staff.
"When we realised the impact COVID-19 would have on the airline, we set to work donating the things that wouldn't be able to be enjoyed by customers on board this year. It's been fantastic to see these items going to people who really need them."
This year Air New Zealand also launched its Carepoints initiative, which saw the airline's customers donate nearly 250,000 Airpoints Dollars to KidsCan, Women's Refuge and New Zealand Red Cross.
Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.
About Star Alliance
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 19,000 daily flights to more than 1,250 airports in 195 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines.
Star Alliance Press Office: Tel: +49 69 96375 183 or email: email@example.com