29 Jul 2015 12:30
Etihad Airways’ employees have raised almost AED 270,000 (7.5 million Nepalese Rupees) through a company-wide campaign to help earthquake survivors re-build their lives and communities in Nepal.
employees volunteered and ran a ‘bake and aid’ sale, organised a sport
tournament, a raffle competition, and other events across the organisation to
raise awareness, funds and support since the tragedy occurred in May 2015.
A donation scheme was also set-up with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi to
collect financial contributions from employees for the ‘Prime Minister’s Relief
Fund,’ under the leadership of Sushil Koirala, the Prime Minister of Nepal.
Ray Gammell, Etihad Airways’ Chief People and Performance
Officer, said: “Volunteering and giving back to our community, as well as to the
communities in which we operate is part of Etihad Airways’ culture. We are
proud that year after year, our people have generously provided their time and
resources and donated financially to such important causes.”
In addition to the
efforts of Etihad Airways’ employees, the disaster response initiative also
included the provision of food, water, clothing, tents, medical kits and other
items, delivered through the UAE Red Crescent to Kathmandu and surrounding
The airline flew over
52 emergency relief workers and items from the US, Europe, and Australia to
Kathmandu through Airlink, a global agency which coordinates airline partners
to provide support in emergency situations and provided over 5,000 blankets.
To date, 10,000kg of
excess baggage for relief items has been provided on special request free-of-charge
to passengers who are travelling to Nepal.
Etihad Guest, Etihad
Airways’ award-winning loyalty program, also established a dedicated page on
the donations section of its Etihad Guest Reward Shop website and invited its
members around the world to support the cause by contributing their miles. As a
result, over 30 million miles were donated by Etihad Guest members.
“As individuals, and
as an airline, we will continue making a difference where we can, and our
thoughts remain with everyone affected by the earthquake. Our more than 600
Nepalese colleagues and their families are a key priority and being by their
side is crucial at this time,” said Mr Gammell.
Etihad Airways is continuing its efforts in
partnering up with organisations in Nepal to support move displaced communities
with essential items, ranging from tents to permanent housing.