Airline's community investment program helps raise awareness
CALGARY, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced its support of
Beyond Borders, the Canadian representative of ECPAT International,
which is a global network of more than 82 groups in 75 countries that
work to end child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking
of children for sexual purposes (ECPAT). WestJet supports Beyond
Borders through the gift of flight as well as increasing awareness of
this important issue through social media, up! magazine (WestJet's
inflight magazine), and westjet.com.
"WestJet is proud to support Beyond Borders in their mission to end the
sexual exploitation of children everywhere," said Richard Bartrem,
WestJet Vice-President of Communications and Community Relations. "We
hope that our involvement with Beyond Borders will support them as they
continue to make a difference."
"Beyond Borders is committed to working with all sectors of society
towards eliminating the sexual exploitation of children," states Mark
Hecht, the non-profit organization's co-founder and senior legal
counsel. "We support self-regulation and corporate social
responsibility initiatives that recognize the need to balance the
rights of the child with profit making. WestJet is a welcome ally in
our efforts to eliminate child sexual exploitation."
About Beyond Borders
Beyond Borders advances the rights of children everywhere to be free
from sexual abuse and exploitation. The organization's first success
came in 1996 when it successfully advocated for an amendment to
Canada's child sex tourism legislation. The amendment broadened the
legislation to include all child sex crimes, rather than the
prostitution of children only. The law is also extraterritorial meaning
that Canada has the jurisdiction to prosecute the offence regardless of
where in the world it took place.
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service
throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted
into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named
one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in
Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live
seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 96
Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries
for an additional 39 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one
of the five most successful international airlines in the world.
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For further information:
Robert Palmer, WestJet Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), email: email@example.com.
M.E. Hecht, Beyond Borders, cell: 613.220.6362, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.