British Airways Passengers raise £900,000 through Change for Good
London, Monday, April 23rd – UNICEF and British Airways today announced a donation of £900,000 thanks to the generosity of British Airway’s customers through the Change for Good programme. The money will go towards supporting children affected by HIV in the Ukraine, in Tanzania and Ghana.
The money has been raised through Change for Good, the fundraising partnership between British Airways and UNICEF, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund. Over the past 13 years, Change for Good has raised over £23 million through spare foreign change donated by British Airways passengers supporting UNICEF’s work with children in over 50 countries.
Out of the £900,000 raised so far this year, £300,000 will go towards providing care for children affected by the disease in four regions in the Ukraine where the situation of HIV is particularly serious: Kyiv (Kiev), Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Odesa Oblasts. A further £600,000 will divided equally between Ghana and Tanzania and will also support programmes for children affected by the disease.
The first round of funding will go to the Ukraine and will be used to help families and communities support and care for children affected by HIV. Ukraine is the country worst affected by HIV in Europe with an estimated 410, 000 people living with HIV and an increasing number of children born to HIV-positive women. According to the Ministry of Health, 10 per cent of children born to HIV positive mothers are abandoned after birth. Due to stigma and misconceptions surrounding HIV, many of these children are abandoned at public institutions being deprived of parental care and love.
The funding provided by Change for Good will reduce the number of children who live in these institutions by encouraging foster families to care for them. For the children who cannot be placed with families, the funding will help make the institutions a friendlier and better environment for the children to grow up in.
Rob Webb QC, British Airways’ General Counsel, says: “British Airways realises how crucial the issue of HIV is and I am delighted that the Change for Good donations will help support children who are affected by this devastating disease.”
David Bull, UNICEF UK’s Executive Director added: “We are grateful to British Airways passengers for their ongoing support for children around the world. We are pleased that Change for Good initiative is supporting the Unite for Children Unite against AIDS campaign and adding a valuable impetus to the global response against HIV’”.
UNICEF is on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
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