“We’re absolutely thrilled with the results of our fifth-annual Christmas Appeal to help those in our community who need it most,” enthuses airport managing director and CEO, Kerrie Mather.
“In just five years we’ve raised more than A$1.1 million for charity through this fantastic appeal, as we strive to make a difference in the Sydney and NSW community.
“This outcome is a credit to the support of our entire airport community – including passengers, staff, airport and corporate partners, stakeholders and the general public – who all came together to make the appeal a success.
“Special thanks go to the 635 volunteers who took time out during the busy Christmas period to collect donations and sell raffle tickets throughout our terminals.”
RMHC Australia CEO, Barbara Ryan, thanked Sydney Airport for its support.
“This is the second year Sydney Airport has chosen to support RMHC and we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity – and to everyone who helped raise much needed funds for our programs and the families they assist,” says Ryan.
Funds raised as part of the appeal will go towards supporting families staying at the Randwick and Westmead houses.
Sydney Airport’s three partner Rotary clubs – Marrickville, Botany Bay and Rockdale – once again donated their coin collection bins during the six weeks of the appeal, contributing A$24,000 to the fundraising total.
The Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal is a six-week fundraising and awareness campaign uniting the airport community and travelling public in support of a great cause.
This year’s appeal featured the Sydney Airport Runway Run, which was open to the public for the first time. Other fundraising activities included the Dinner at Dusk Hangar Dinner, activations, a Volkswagen car raffle and volunteer collections across the airport.
Ronald McDonald House Charities is a not-for-profit organisation providing services and support to families whose children are receiving treatment for serious illness at 16 houses across Australia.