Transat Launches Fundraising for Children and Families in Ukraine

Transat is launching a new fundraising campaign to assist SOS Children’s Villages, a long-time partner of the company that has rapidly scaled up its response in Ukraine to meet the critical needs of approximately 500,000 vulnerable children and families affected by the conflict.

The campaign calls on its employees, as well as those of the nearly 300 travel agencies that make up its distribution network, with 2,000 travel advisors.

Air Transat passengers are also being invited to make a donation on board its flights, a collection made possible by the engagement of its crews.

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Customers and the general public can also donate in support of the organization’s emergency response plan on the SOS Children’s Villages portal dedicated to this fundraising campaign.

“This conflict is shattering the lives of millions of innocent people, especially children, and that resonates deeply with us,” said Transat President and CEO Annick Guérard.

“We have always been strongly committed to the protection of children and we are eager to support SOS Children’s Villages’ emergency response to those internally displaced in Ukraine, as well those Ukrainians who have fled the country.” She added: “We invite our teams, our customers and the public to demonstrate their strongest support for the Ukrainian people, whose needs are immense, by joining us in this gesture of solidarity.”

SOS Children’s Villages is responding to the immediate critical needs in Ukraine by providing safe shelter, food items, medical supplies, hygiene kits, education materials, as well as psychosocial and mental health support. In addition, SOS is working with other humanitarian agencies to assist and reunify children who have been separated from their families. SOS Children’s Villages has been helping children and families in Ukraine since 2003.

“SOS Children’s Villages was founded to support children who lost everything during the Second World War in Europe, and now works in more than 130 countries. Beyond providing shelter and food, SOS Children’s Villages focuses on building the trust and warmth of strong human connections. In all things we are on the side of children,”, said SOS Children’s Villages Canada President and CEO Thomas Bauer. “We will continue to protect children from the horror of war.”

According to a statement, Transat will strengthen its commitment to SOS Children’s Villages by contributing CAD $25,000 to this campaign.

For more information, visit SOS Children’s Villages’ web site.

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