16 December 2013

This week easyJet and UNICEF launched their winter Change for Good campaign, to raise much needed funds for the children of Syria, who face another bitterly cold winter this year. 

For the next six weeks easyJet passengers will be able to donate their spare change and unwanted currency to UNICEF. In addition, until 31 January 2014 all donations made on flights to and from the UK will be matched pound for pound by the UK Government. 

The pound-for-pound match is part of the UK Government's wider support for UNICEF's work, helping the children of Syria in what is currently the largest humanitarian operation in history.

Close to six million Syrian children, more than one million of whom are refugees, are in urgent need of aid. They're living in desperate conditions and face a bitter few months ahead, when temperatures can fall as low as minus six. 

"The British public has already responded incredibly generously and I am sure that many of those flying with easyJet will want to do what they can to help," said International Development Secretary Justine Greening.

With over 520,000 Brits expected to travel with easyJet over the Christmas period alone, the airline and their onboard charity partner UNICEF are urging people to get in the festive spirit and donate as much as possible to help provide essential supplies and medical care.

 

UNICEF is one of the few agencies operating in Syria and the five neighbouring countries. We're working on the ground to provide blankets, warm clothes, water, medicine and psychological support to prevent a whole generation of Syrian children being lost to the conflict.   

"This is a desperate time for the children of Syria," said David Bull, UNICEF UK Executive Director. "Children are in urgent need of warm clothing and blankets to protect them from the freezing cold. We’re grateful for every pound raised from easyJet passengers, and for the UK Government’s support."  

Passengers can donate to the Syria winter campaign until 31 January on the airline’s pan-European network of over 600 routes across more than 33 countries. 

The Change for Good partnership between easyJet and UNICEF has raised more than £2.1 million through passenger donations since it launched in July 2012. This will enable UNICEF to vaccinate 3.3 million children and mothers against deadly childhood diseases and maternal and newborn tetanus, and protect two million children from polio.

Your support can help. Please donate to our Syria Winter Appeal

 
International Development Secretary Justine Greening at the launch of easyJet and UNICEF's Change for Good appeal for the children of Syria. © UNICEF UK/easyJet 2013
International Development Secretary Justine Greening at the launch of easyJet and UNICEF's Change for Good appeal for the children of Syria.© UNICEF UK/easyJet 2013