Qatar Airways has announced that it will be working with StreetSmart to support disadvantaged communities and Australians experiencing homelessness.
Qatar Airways has announced that it is partnering with not-for-profit organisation StreetSmart Australia to support communities in need around the country.
The collaboration is the airline’s first local charitable partnership in Australia.
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Qatar Airways has worked closely with StreetSmart Australia to connect with local organisations in Melbourne and Sydney to help in their efforts to support disadvantaged Australians, and those experiencing homelessness.
So far, Qatar Airways has donated 4,500 Business Class amenities to the various charities, including; 1,500 Business Class pyjamas, 1,500 amenity kits and 1,500 blankets, and a second donation drive is planned ahead of Winter from May 2021.
Qatar Airways Vice President Australasia & North Asia, Tom Scruby, said
“StreetSmart Australia is the perfect organisation to join Qatar Airways in our first local charitable partnership, with their focus on supporting grassroots charities doing vital work in our communities. We are delighted to be launching this collaboration with them and look forward to working together on future initiatives.”
Tom Scruby, Qatar Airways Vice President Australasia & North Asia
“By providing our charity partners with practical and necessary items, such as clothing and amenities, this frees up their funds to be allocated to other essential resources such as accommodation and food. Small, local charities often have a lack of support and limited fundraising options, so this will help provide much-needed aid,” said Geoff Hills, Chief Operations & Fundraising, StreetSmart.
With the goal of ending homelessness around Australia, StreetSmart is focused on supporting the work of smaller, community-based organisations and projects that provide critical frontline services. Since launching in 2003, the charity has supported over 710 organisations through community grants, SleepSafe kits and meals.
One charity partner based in Melbourne, Youth Projects, provides frontline support to young people and individuals experiencing disadvantage and homelessness, to help them find a path out of poverty.
“We empower our clients to lead longer lives, have improved health, meaningful employment and a greater sense of belonging, safety and security through a holistic model of care.”
Ben Vasiliou, CEO, Youth Projects.
Qatar Airways is supporting nine local charities as part of the donation drive. The organisations in Sydney include; Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Haymarket Foundation, Parramatta Mission and Liverpool Health Centre, and in Melbourne they are; Youth Projects, Sacred Heart Mission, Safe Futures, St Mary’s House of Welcome and Launch Housing.
Each charity will receive a mixture of Business Class blankets, pyjamas and amenity kits from the airline, to help them continue supporting communities in need.
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