Auckland Airport spreading the Christmas cheer!

06 December 2017

The recipients of Auckland Airport’s Twelve Days of Christmas grants for 2017 have been announced, bringing $120,000 of Christmas joy to 12 great charities.

The Twelve Days of Christmas, which is in its tenth year, gives 12 wonderful charities $10,000 each. The money for the grants comes from travellers who donate their unwanted currency, which is then topped up by Auckland Airport itself.

“As we prepare for a very busy time of year, welcoming people from across the world, we’d like to thank the hundreds of thousands of travellers who’ve made these Twelve Days of Christmas grants possible,” says Anna Cassels-Brown, Auckland Airport’s general manager – people and safety. “Thanks to their generosity during 2017, these great charities are receiving an extra-special Christmas gift.”

The chosen charities all work in the Greater Auckland Region in one or more of the three areas Auckland Airport has chosen to support as a socially-responsible business: empowering people through education, helping people into employment and protecting the environment.

One of the grant recipients, Action Education, works in the area of helping people into employment. They do this by assisting young people to build their work-ready skills and develop their strengths through creative arts.

Julia Rahui from Action Education says the organisation plans to use the grant for a poetry camp. “The team are so rapt with the result. We are a very small organisation who receive little funding so this has a huge impact for us.”

The successful charities will also be profiled by The New Zealand Herald from mid-December through until Christmas Eve. “We would also like to thank our Twelve Days of Christmas media partner The New Zealand Herald for giving each charity the chance to tell their story in the days leading up to Christmas Eve,” says Anna.

The 2017 charities:

  • Action Education
  • Auckland Resettled Community Coalition
  • Blue Light Ventures
  • Communicare CMA (Auckland)
  • Dress for Success (Auckland)
  • EcoMatters Environment Trust
  • KiwiHarvest
  • The Kiwi Trust (Kiwis for kiwi)
  • New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation
  • The Upside Downs Education Trust
  • Urban EcoLiving Charitable Trust
  • WaterSafe Auckland