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Flight Centre Foundation names charity partners
The Flight Centre Foundation has announced four new not-for-profit partners as part of a new two-year strategic plan. The plan involves initiatives to support the Foundation’s philanthropic and environmental focus areas including People, Purpose and Planet. The four new charity organisations set to benefit from the Foundation’s support include:
The Chimera Legacy Foundation and The Pyjama Foundation sit within the Foundation’s Purpose pillar while Greening Australia and WIRES will receive support as part of the organisation’s focus on making a difference to the Planet.
The Chimera Legacy Foundation supports people in long-term hospital care by taking them on a ‘holiday in hospital’ thanks to Virtual Reality. Chimera works with hospitals, healthcare providers and academic institutions to improve care and recovery outcomes through its VR-AID program (Virtual Reality to reduce Anxiety, Insomnia and Depression). They host ‘holiday in hospital’ events as well as train social workers and nurses to deliver the programs bedside. Chimera is a small charity and the Foundation will be supporting them in their bid to grow and scale their programs into more hospitals.
The Pyjama Foundation opens up the world for disadvantaged youth living in foster care and residential care by helping them improve their learning skills. Children in care have the lowest education outcomes nationally with 75% not completing year 12 and 35% of children ending up in the juvenile justice system. By improving their learning skills through its “Love of Learning” program, The Pyjama Foundation is making a positive, life-long impact for kids all over Australia.
Volunteers called ‘Pyjama Angels’ are trained and matched with a child in care, and spend time with them once a week focusing on learning-based activities - reading books, playing educational games and helping with homework. Most importantly, the volunteers give foster children a chance to reach their life potential, despite a fragile start.
The Foundation is bringing its Planet pillar to fruition with new partnerships with Greening Australia and Wires.
Greening Australia is an environmental enterprise that thinks big to tackle the challenges facing Australia’s unique landscapes in ways that work for communities, economies and nature. They focus on nature-based solutions to protect and restore ecosystems and build a more resilient, biodiverse and sustainable planet. They focus on; Great Southern Landscapes, Reef Aid, Tasmania Island Ark, Nature in Cities and Thriving on Country in collaboration with First Nations communities.
Greening Australia delivers large-scale landscape restoration programs across Australia, covering thousands of hectares of land and protecting hundreds of species of native plants and wildlife.
WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation, WIRES has been rescuing and caring for sick, injured and orphaned native animals for over 35 years. Its mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. They operate seven days a week, 365 days and mobilise especially in times of crisis due to natural disasters.
If you are a not-for-profit and are interested in becoming a Flight Centre Foundation partner or would like to know more about our Giving Grants program for charity organisations please register your interest here.