UK Government to match fund public donations
 
easyJet and UNICEF have this week launched their winter Change for Good campaign to raise much needed funds for the children of Syria, who face a third bitterly cold winter in crisis. 
 
For the next six weeks passengers onboard easyJet flights can donate their spare change and unwanted currency to UNICEF and all public donations made on flights to and from the UK will be matched pound for pound by the UK Government. 
 
The match funding 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. 
 
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.
 
Carolyn McCall, easyJet’s Chief Executive said: “We are pleased to launch our second winter appeal in aid of UNICEF and help raise much needed funds for children in Syria. Thanks to the match funding pledged by the UK government we have the opportunity to make a big impact through onboard donations and would like to thank our passengers in advance for the generosity they always show.” 
 
International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “Millions of Syrian children have been forced to flee their homes and are now facing a long, bitter and miserable winter. 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. 
 
“By matching pound for pound all the money that easyJet passengers donate to UNICEF’s Change for Good campaign on flights to and from the UK, we will help to double the impact their generosity can have.”
 
UNICEF, one of the few agencies operating in Syria and the five neighbouring countries, is 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.  
 
UNICEF UK Executive Director, David Bull said: “This is a desperate time for the children of Syria. As winter sets in, temperatures are plummeting and makeshift homes are at risk of flooding from heavy rain. As a result, children are at increased risk of disease, pneumonia and malnutrition. Many fled their homes with only the clothes on their backs and 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 with match funding to help the millions of Syrian children who are suffering so much this winter.”
 
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. 
 
For the past month, easyJet has been supporting UNICEF’s Typhoon Haiyan children’s emergency appeal following the recent tragedy in the Philippines. 


 
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Notes for editors:

For more information about UNICEF, please contact Helen Wylie helenw@unicef.org.uk + 44 (0)20 7375 6258

For more information about easyJet, please contact the easyJet Press Office on 01582 525252 or press.office@easyjet.com 
 
About easyJet
easyJet operates Europe's No. 1 air transport network with a leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports. easyJet flies on more than 600 routes between over 130 airports in over 30 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline. 
 
About UNICEF 
UNICEF works for children in more than 190 countries. UNICEF believes that every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to grow up safe, happy and healthy. UNICEF provides health care, water, nutrition, education and protection for children. The most vulnerable and disadvantaged children are our priority. UNICEF UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work and advocates for lasting change for children everywhere. We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. We do not receive any money from the UN. For more information, please visit unicef.org.uk
 
About Change for Good 
Change for Good is UNICEF’s global initiative run in partnership with leading airlines all over the world. The airline partners include: American Airlines, Qantas and Cathay Pacific as well as easyJet in the UK. Change for Good globally has raised over £53 million for UNICEF’s work with children.