Air Transat takes the opportunity to donate $780,000 to the Foundation
MONTREAL, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - For the seventh year, Air Transat
and the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada have taken flight with
about a hundred sick children and members of their families, bound for
the North Pole on a very special mission: to rendezvous with Santa
Claus and bring him to Montreal! Today, Air Transat also took the
opportunity to turn over $780,000 to the Foundation, representing
amounts collected over the past two years as part of the carrier's Small Change, Big Hearts program and other activities.
The adventure began in the morning at the Air Transat check-in counter
at Montréal-Trudeau airport, as the approximately 250 invited
passengers received their boarding passes. The plane took off and, at
the crucial moment during the 90-minute flight, joyful cries were heard
as Santa Claus made a surprise appearance and handed out presents to
the wide-eyed children. Host Annie-Soleil Proteau, Olympic medallist
Marianne St-Gelais and Santa's elves were also on board to help the
families accomplish their mission.
"For Air Transat, this event holds a very special place among our
corporate responsibility initiatives, and our employees go all-out to
make the day an unforgettable one," said Allen B. Graham, President and
CEO of Air Transat and President of Transat Canada. "We're proud to
support Children's Wish and do our part to help brighten the lives of
young children who are struggling with illness every day. I would like
to sincerely thank our customers for their generosity, and our flight
crews for their enthusiasm and their co-operation. With their help,
we've been able to donate approximately $5,780,000 to the Foundation
since our partnership was established in 2004."
For his part, Laurent Larose, Regional Director with the Children's Wish
Foundation of Canada, said: "Creating magic, memorable moments is the
heart of what we do. Thanks to Air Transat, we are able to provide a
hundred children with this extraordinary experience, a mid-air meet-up
with Santa himself. It's magical; there's not other word for it!" He
added: "Without these major contributions from partners like Air
Transat, we wouldn't be able to make so many kids' dreams a reality.
Air Transat has been a platinum partner of the Foundation for eight
years now, and we are so grateful for this."
The Flight in Search of Santa is made possible thanks to the volunteer efforts of Air Transat
employees and the generous collaboration of various partners, including
Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson and Vancouver International airports.
A similar flight took off from Vancouver on December 4, and another
departed Toronto today at the same time as the Montreal flight.
This exceptional partnership reflects the efforts of Air Transat and its
parent company, Transat A.T. Inc., to increase their community
involvement in both their origin and destination markets. These efforts
are all about social engagement, environmental stewardship and measures
aimed at stimulating a tourism economy that is becoming increasingly
Small Change, Big Hearts
The Small Change, Big Hearts program is supported by the donation of pocket change, in all
currencies, from Air Transat passengers at the end of each flight.
Since December 2009, funds raised through the program have been donated
in equal parts to the Children's Wish Foundation and to SOS Children's
Villages, an international organization that assists orphaned and
abandoned children in 132 countries.
About The Children's Wish Foundation
The Children's Wish Foundation grants their most heartfelt wish to
children aged 3 to 17 living with a life threatening illness. Since its
beginnings in 1984, the Foundation has granted over 19,000 wishes
across Canada, 6,000 of which in Québec. Moreover, the Foundation is
committed to never turning down an eligible child. This year, the
Children's Wish Foundation plans to grant over 1,000 new wishes. For
more information, visit www.childrenswish.ca.
About Air Transat
Air Transat is Canada's leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it
carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25
countries aboard its fleet of Airbus wide-body jets. The company
employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of
Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more
than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50
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