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UNICEF and Cathay Pacific celebrate 13-year partnership

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UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and Cathay Pacific Airways Chief Operating Officer Phil Chen, together with Cathay Pacific flight attendants, hold a giant-sized card promoting the ‘Change for Good’ partnership.

NEW YORK, 9 June 2004 – Celebrating the 13-year partnership between UNICEF and Cathay Pacific Airways, which has raised more than US$ 6.5 million since 1991 on behalf of UNICEF as part of its ‘Change for Good’ programme, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy honoured Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Phil Chen at a ceremony Wednesday here at UNICEF headquarters.

"UNICEF is grateful for Cathay Pacific's long standing commitment to children.  Their support will help millions of children across the globe survive and thrive.  And their participation in the ‘Change for Good’ programme is a perfect example of how the corporate sector can do its part in the protection of children.  We're very proud of this wonderful partnership," said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy.

Since Cathay Pacific joined UNICEF's 'Change for Good' programme in 1991, the airline has raised millions by encouraging passengers to donate their leftover foreign coins and bills to UNICEF. The money helps UNICEF provide children in 158 developing countries throughout the world with basic social services, education and protection from violence and abuse.

UNICEF and the international airline industry have for years teamed up to give passengers a convenient way to help the world's children through the ‘Change for Good’ programme, established by UNICEF in 1987.  Millions of passengers have donated their leftover change to UNICEF-assisted programmes that help children obtain health care, clean water, education, nutrition and protection from violence and abuse.

The ‘Change for Good’ airline partners are members of the oneworld alliance and include Aer Lingus, Air Mauritius, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines and QANTAS.   The programme began more than 13 years ago and has raised a total of US$ 45 million.


For further information, please contact:

Jehane Sedky-Lavandero, UNICEF Media, 212-326-7269

For nearly 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 158 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, 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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