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Emirates drive to help needy children

posted on 13/04/2003: 930 views

Passengers on Emirates flights can donate their loose change to help needy children worldwide with the introduction of the Emirates Airline Foundation. Specially-designed donation envelopes are placed in seat pockets on every flight for passengers to hand to cabin crew for safe deposit on arrival in Dubai. The Emirates Airline Foundation is a non-profit charity organisation which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children around the world. Funds will be directed to key areas of children's needs such as food, medicines, housing and education.

A spokesperson for the committee said: "That spare foreign currency which we bring back from a trip usually ends up in the back of a drawer. This leftover cash can make an enormous difference to a needy child, if donated to our foundation to help fund projects." Suitable projects for funding will be selected by the foundation's volunteer organising committee made up of senior Emirates Group management.

The projects, either existing charities or new initiatives, will be located primarily at Emirates' destinations where local Emirates staff volunteers can oversee their management, along with any assistance local communities may provide. Customers also will be able to keep track of the projects by visiting the foundation's website on

They will be able to read about the projects and the people involved, see how the funds are being used and follow lives of the benefited children. The Emirates Airline Foundation has been licensed by the Dubai Department of Economic Development. The use of funds will be audited regularly by the company's finance department and the Internal Audit department, and the foundation's accounts will be audited by an external auditing firm. The goal of the foundation is to use 95 per cent of the donated funds for the children and the remainder being allocated to the foundation's administrative expenses. (The Gulf News)


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