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Change for Good in India with Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK

Change for Good in India with Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK

Change for Good in India with Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK

Change for Good in India with Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK

Change for Good in India with Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK


Cathay Pacific and the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) have been successfully implementing the Change for Good inflight fundraising programme since 1991, in which travellers on Cathay Pacific flights are encouraged to donate any spare change they have – in any currency – to UNICEF. The money collected is used to support UNICEF’s programmes, helping marginalised children and women in more than 150 developing countries around the world including India.

2016 marked the 25th Anniversary of this partnership which has raised more than HK$165 million since the programme was launched. In the same year, India was included as a key focus area to receive the proceeds from Change for Good in Hong Kong. The programme will contribute 30 percent of its annual donation in 2016 to UNICEF’s Schools for Asia initiative in India and China. Launched by UNICEF in 2012, the Schools for Asia initiative aims to transform the lives of children through education. It focuses on four programmatic areas: early childhood development, quality learning, equity and education in emergencies.

In February 2017 a team of 11 Cathay Pacific volunteers visited UNICEF’s project work in India. This is part of the annual field visits organized by UNICEF HK, to bring Cathay Pacific employees to witness first-hand, how the spare change they helped raise through Change for Good is used to give children the best start in life and improve their lives.

The team gained a better understanding of the Schools for Asia programme in India. The initiative aims to catalyse and build upon the work that is being done around early childhood education by the government. Key features are, improved information management and monitoring systems for early childhood education programmes, and enhanced capacity of teachers to equip them with requisite skills and a safe learning environment which gives children access to quality and inclusive education.

“At Cathay Pacific, we are keen to understand how the donation collected from our generous customers is being put to good use. This year our colleagues flew down to India from Hong Kong to visit the Early Childhood Development Centres, Sanitation Programme (WASH) in Villages, Primary Health Care Centres, National Cold Chain Resource Centre for storing vaccines, and the Child Protection Programme in Pune and Mumbai.  They also interacted with various government departments and learned about the impact of UNICEF’s work on children and the community as a whole. It is an ongoing effort and we hope our passionate customers will continue to support UNICEF in raising vital funds”, said Cathay Pacific Regional Sales and Marketing Manager – South Asia, Rajesh Menon.

Speaking about the programme roll-out in the field, Ms Rajeshwari Chandrasekar, Chief of UNICEF Field Office for Maharashtra, said, “The 'WASH’ programme  promotes access to water, sanitation and hygiene for students in schools. Combining it with the   ‘Quality Education’ programme makes sure that children in Government –run pre-schools (Anganwadis) and primary schools have access to quality Early Childhood Education (ECE). A key facet of the programme is also to strengthen delivery of ECE in schools.  Only then will children be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to shape a better future for themselves, their communities and the world,” she added.

Cathay Pacific cabin crew, Priscilla Ma shared “It is an overwhelming and emotional experience for us. It is amazing to see how these little amounts, when put together, have the power to transform lives of entire communities.”


About Cathay Pacific Airways  

Cathay Pacific is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to nearly 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of more than 140 wide-body aircraft. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon currently operate 48 weekly departures from 6 cities in India to Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific operates 10 flights a week from Mumbai, 14 flights from Delhi, daily flights from Chennai and 4 weekly flights from Hyderabad. Whereas sister airline Cathay Dragon operates daily flights from Bengaluru and 6 weekly flights from Kolkata. Cathay Pacific Cargo is also one of the biggest air cargo operators in India with 25 scheduled freighter services to and from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.


Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK have been running the Change for Good inflight fundraising programme since 1991. Travellers on Cathay Pacific flights are encouraged to donate any spare change they have – in any currency – to UNICEF when returning from their journeys. The money collected is used to fund UNICEF’s programmes helping deprived women and children in more than 150 developing countries around the world.

About UNICEF  

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: http://www.unicef.org.hk

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Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK Celebrate 25 Years of Change for Good

India 6 October 2016: 

Together, the organisations unveil new initiatives to improve child education in Asia

Cathay Pacific Airways and the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) today celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Change for Good inflight fundraising programme. Since the programme was launched in 1991, more than HK$165 million has been raised to support UNICEF’s life-saving programmes in over 150 developing countries worldwide. Several new initiatives were also unveiled to help transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children to an even greater extent.

Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK Celebrate 25 Years of Change for Good

Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK Celebrate 25 Years of Change for Good

Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK Celebrate 25 Years of Change for Good

Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK Celebrate 25 Years of Change for Good

Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK Celebrate 25 Years of Change for Good

Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK Celebrate 25 Years of Change for Good


Following a remarkable and highly successful collaboration, Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK are giving the inflight fundraising programme a face-lift and expanding Cathay’s contributions to a series of UNICEF’s innovative education projects. Today, Cathay Pacific revealed a new plan to support the UNICEF’s Schools for Asia initiative by contributing 30 per cent of the programme’s annual donation to two of the Schools for Asia countries, China and India, in 2016.  

Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Affairs Arnold Cheng said: “Cathay Pacific has been focusing its community efforts on education, as we believe quality education is essential for child development, and it has a positive long-term impact for future generations and the society at large.  Therefore, we are especially excited about the new initiative to support those marginalized children who are deprived of a basic education.”

Worldwide, 61 million children of primary school age are not enrolled in schools – around one-third of who are Asian. To address the issue, UNICEF launched the Schools for Asia initiative in 2012, aiming to provide a better education for the most marginalized children in the 11 Asian countries it has identified as being most in need of increased funding and support. The programme focuses on four programmatic areas: early childhood development, quality learning, equity, and education in emergencies, in order to provide young children with trained teachers and a child-friendly learning environment that is safe, protective, gender-sensitive and inclusive.

Ms Jane Lau, UNICEF HK Chief Executive of UNICEF HK expressed heartfelt gratitude for Cathay Pacific's longstanding and wholehearted commitment to the programme. She said: "Millions of deprived children in developing countries have benefitted from the donations raised through Change for Good. The success of the programme is a great achievement for Cathay Pacific and for UNICEF HK. To further enhance the awareness of how these spare currency donations have helped improve the lives of children around the world, Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK today launched 25 new donation envelope designs, with each design depicting a country starting with a letter from ‘A’ to ‘Z’. Each of the 25 new envelopes will feature a short story about the country and how Change for Good brings hope to children’s lives.”

Mr Cheng added: "I sincerely hope that the new envelopes will be welcomed by both our passionate passengers and our committed staff alike, and that they will continue to support UNICEF in raising vital funds for deprived children globally. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our passengers who have been so generous to the Change for Good programme over the last 25 years, and to our staff for their support throughout this time.”
25 new designs of the Change for Good donation envelope were put in use this month, each explaining how spare currency donations are put to good use across 25 different countries.

About Change for Good
Cathay Pacific and UNICEF HK have been running the Change for Good inflight fundraising programme since 1991. Travellers on Cathay Pacific flights are encouraged to donate any spare change they have – in any currency – to UNICEF when returning from their journeys. The money collected is used to fund UNICEF’s programmes helping deprived women and children in more than 150 developing countries around the world.

About Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to nearly 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of more than 140 wide-body aircraft. The company is a member of the Swire group and is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Dragonair is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific, and the airline also has a 60% stake in AHK Air Hong Kong Ltd, an all-cargo carrier operating regional express freight services. Cathay Pacific has made substantial investments to develop Hong Kong as one of the world's leading global transportation hubs. The airline is a founder member of the oneworld global alliance.

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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