Small change has added up to make a big difference to six charities.
Christchurch, New Zealand, 2014-03-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Christchurch Airport today gave six charities $2000 each from the Christchurch Airport Community Fund, collected from donation boxes through the terminal building and a donation from the airport company.
Chief Executive Malcolm Johns presented the cheques to representatives of AllRight?, Aviva, Arthritis New Zealand, Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, St John South Island region and The Rotary Club of Avonhead.
“We hail you as heroes, for all you do for the communities of Christchurch, Canterbury and the South Island,” Mr Johns told the group. “Every one of you is doing a vital job of supporting communities, whether they need you every day, some days, or only when they’re in dire need. We are pleased to offer some financial support to you as you continue to play your part in the fabric of the South Island.”
Mr Johns told recipients arriving international passengers sometimes deposit currency from their last stop, or people departing internationally donate the last of their Kiwi dollars. He said the record number of currencies gathered at once is 14. Airport staff also observe donations from locals who contribute change from their coffee or meal in the terminal.
The money is regularly collected, converted and then topped up by a donation from the airport company. Charities can apply for funds to support an identified project and cheques are presented once or twice a year.
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Christchurch Airport – bringing the world South
Christchurch Airport welcomed 5.5 million passengers last year, ranking as New Zealand’s second largest airport. The airport occupies a unique position economically, as the South Island’s busiest and most strategic air connection to the world’s trade and tourism markets. 81% of international visitors to
the South Island are welcomed and farewelled at Christchurch Airport.
In addition, the airport plays an important role as the South Island’s major domestic hub servicing all New Zealanders, enabling passengers to connect to a full spectrum of destinations throughout New Zealand. Christchurch International Airport is a major driver of the regional Canterbury economy,
generating airport precinct related jobs for nearly 6000 people.
Government policy currently offers ‘Open Skies” over Christchurch until 2017, giving favourable consideration to airlines offering new services to and from the city.
Christchurch Airport is owned and operated by Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL). CIAL was established as a limited liability company in 1988, and ownership of CIAL is now shared by Christchurch City Holdings Limited with 75% and the New Zealand Government with 25%. The company’s vision is to be recognised as New Zealand’s leading tourist gateway.
Christchurch Airport is a carbon neutral company and has received carboNZero certification from Landcare Research following a detailed measurement and analysis process. CIAL is the first airport company in the Southern Hemisphere to attain certified carbon neutral status and is the second carbon neutral certified airport company in the world.
Visit christchurchairport.co.nz for more information.