Sydney Airport brings joy to local schoolchildren at the airport

Published on : Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sydney AirportSydney Airport today celebrated the success of the 2014 Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal with an official cheque presentation event, musical therapy workshop and school tour at the airport.


The appeal raised a record $263,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity to help Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, along with their families.


“Sydney Airport is a proud supporter of our local community and our largest initiative is the annual Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal, which brings the public and the airport community together to raise funds for a worthy cause,” Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said.


“We’re pleased that the funds raised in last year’s appeal will go to Variety to distribute to deserving recipients, including providing students with special needs from Bates Drive Public School in Kareela with musical therapy.


“I’d like to thank Variety, their volunteers, our corporate partners, the airport community and the public for contributing to the success of the Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal.”


Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW CEO Tam Johnston accepted the $263,000 cheque from Sydney Airport on behalf of Variety.
“These funds raised by the Sydney Airport Community Christmas Giving Appeal are being used to purchase and deliver life changing equipment, scholarships and programs, for the families in our community who need it most,” Ms Johnston said.

“I want to thank Sydney Airport, our dedicated family of Variety volunteers and the wider airport community for this wonderful start to 2015, and for their generosity, enthusiasm and commitment to supporting Aussie kids and families in need.”
Bates Drive Public School Kareela Principal Robyn Compton said the funds would make a real difference to the students of the school and their families.


“The musical therapy program provides our students with special needs with the opportunity to participate, engage and interact through the joy of musical drumming for the first time,” Ms Compton said.

“Our students are also excited to receive a special behind-the-scenes airport tour to watch planes taking off and landing, a once in a lifetime experience for them.”


Ten students with special needs, aged from eight to 18 years old, participated in the Musical Rhythm workshop presented by The Rhythm Village at Rydges Sydney Airport before being taken on an airfield tour.


The 2014 Community Christmas Giving Appeal was launched in November and ran for six weeks, with Christmas decorations, entertainment, raffles and initiatives across the airport.


The corporate partners which supported the appeal included Assetlink, Nilsen, Built, Carbridge, HOYTS, Allens Linklaters, AW Signs, Kwik Copy, ARE, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, SECOM Australia, LS travel retail, AirportLink, SNP, Rydges Sydney Airport, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Air New Zealand, Emirates, China Eastern Airlines, AW Signs, and Rotary Clubs of Botany Bay, Rockdale City and Marrickville.


In 2014, Sydney Airport invested close to $1.5 million in the community, across charities, schools, sporting clubs and other community organisations.


Source:- Sydney Airport

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