Aerocare’s Top 50 employees had the opportunity to support the education of Fiji’s neediest children on their recent reward trip.
The 50 participants each purchased and packed a school bag which was donated to Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (FENC) which supports the poorest of the poor children in Fiji.
Aerocare CEO Glenn Rutherford said the initiative was the idea of Aerocare Gold Coast Customer Service Agent Coretta Young who is from Fiji and regularly gives back to her country, where 30 per cent of the population lives below the national poverty line.
When Coretta found out she’d been chosen for the Top 50 trip from October 27-30, she asked group members to pack a school bag with stationery or books in their bag to donate to FENC Fiji.
Aerocare as a company also made a significant donation to ensure that each of the 50 bags would be accompanied by two sets of school uniforms and school shoes. The money will go to local tailors who manufacture the uniforms.
“I have to thank Coretta for getting this idea off the ground and giving us all the opportunity to support it,” Mr Rutherford said.
“Fifty Fijian kids will have the basic supplies they need to get started at school and that’s pretty special.”
Since the establishment of FENC Fiji in 2010, the organization has assisted more than 9000 Fijian children from underprivileged families with school uniforms, bags, shoes and stationery. It also operates after school learning centres in densely populated communities in Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu.
Aerocare is the largest ground handler within the Australian and New Zealand region, with more than 3,000 team members currently servicing 3,200 flights per week and 41,200 passengers per day.
For more than ten years, Aerocare has taken its top performers on reward trips, sometimes twice a year, for cruises, ski trips, island escapes and overseas adventures.
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