Cathay donates HK$2m for quake relief
Hong Kong, June 2, 2013
The Cathay Pacific Group has raised HK$2 million (US$257,633), through a corporate-wide appeal, to support Unicef’s relief efforts in Ya’an, Sichuan in mainland China, where an earthquake in April took a devastating toll.
The donation includes around HK$850,000 contributed by Hong Kong and overseas staff between April 29 and May 10, together with dollar-for-dollar matching by the company.
Participating companies included the group’s two airlines, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, and six wholly owned subsidiaries – Asia Miles, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, Cathay Holidays, Cathay Pacific Services, Hong Kong Airport Services and Vogue Laundry.
The funds being presented to Hong Kong Committee for Unicef (Unicef HK) also include around HK$1.15 million collected from passengers on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair flights between May 1 and 15 under the Change for Good inflight fundraising programme.
Cathay Pacific director, corporate affairs, Chitty Cheung said: “We were all deeply saddened by the news of the latest earthquake to hit Sichuan and the terrible impact it has had on the lives of the province’s people. We are very grateful to our staff and passengers for contributing to our appeal to help the people of Sichuan. We know this money will be put to good use by Unicef, which has been our trusted partner in the Change for Good programme since 1991.”
The monies raised in the appeal will go directly to Unicef to help children who are suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake and are in need of medical supplies, nutrition, education, clean water and sanitation. - TradeArabia News Service