Sydney Airport community and Ronald McDonald House Charities partner to help kids and families this Christmas
Sydney Airport has today announced Ronald McDonald House Charities as the charity partner for the 2015 Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal, which brings together the airport community and the public to raise money for a worthy cause.
“For our fourth annual Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal, we’re thrilled to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities for the first time,” Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.
“With nearly 40 million passengers a year, the festive season is a particularly busy time at Sydney Airport, but it’s also a great time to give back to those in our community who may be doing it tough.
“The funds raised through this year’s appeal will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities to support children and families in need in our community, including at Ronald McDonald House Randwick near the airport.
“We’ll be encouraging the 29,000 people who work at 800 businesses across the airport, as well as our passengers and visitors, to get involved in the appeal by participating, volunteering or donating in the lead up to Christmas.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Coutts OAM said the charity was looking forward to working with Sydney Airport.
“In their time of greatest need, thousands of families with seriously ill children receive assistance from Ronald McDonald House Charities every year. Our 16 Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home for families whose children are receiving lifesaving treatment at nearby hospitals, and we have several other essential programs, so we are very grateful for this support,” Mr Coutts said.
“The funds raised by the appeal will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities’ national programs, including Ronald McDonald House Randwick to assist with the upgrade of the family ‘rest and reflect’ area.
“We’d like to thank Sydney Airport for choosing us as their 2015 charity partner and we look forward to working together to raise much needed funds for seriously ill children and families during the festive season.”
Last year’s Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal raised a record $263,000 for charity. The 2015 appeal will be launched at the airport in November and run for the six weeks leading up to Christmas Day, with events, entertainment, activations, decorations, promotions and retailer engagement.
Ronald McDonald House Charities was chosen as the charity partner for the appeal following a successful tender process and is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of services and support to seriously ill children and their families when they need it most. One in eight Australians has been helped by the charity or knows someone who has benefited from one of their programs.
In 2014, Sydney Airport invested close to $1.5 million in the local community, across charities, schools, sporting clubs and other community organisations.