Flight Centre Travel Group has joined forces with Australia’s largest food relief organisation, Foodbank, in a world record hamper challenge to help families in need.
World’s Biggest Hamper Pack Challenge is a product of the long-standing relationship between the two organisations that aims to break the world-record mark of 10,000 food hampers.
“Foodbank is a wonderful organisation that works with the retail, manufacturing, and farming industries to provide 63 million meals to over 2,600 charities and 1,750 schools around Australia,” said Flight Centre Foundations’ general manager, Anita Russell.
“It’s hard to believe hunger is at crisis point in the ‘lucky country’. It’s a predicament largely hidden by stigma and shame, but the reality is we’re all likely to know someone who is affected. As Foodbank says, it’s not just people on the street but people in our street,’’ she said.
Customers can join the challenge by making a $20 donation for a hamper while making their travel bookings at Flight Centre, Cruiseabout, Escape Travel, Travel Associates, Student Flights or My Adventure Travel stores around the country.
“A $20 hamper can make a big difference, filled with enough vegetables, meat and tinned goods to feed a family for a week,’’ Ms Russell said.
“The charitable work Foodbank does for vulnerable Australians is perfectly aligned with the Foundation’s core philosophy of building brighter futures in the communities where it works, lives and travels.” Ms Russell concluded.
Flight Centre customers who donate will also have the opportunity to write a personalised message to a family in need, plus go into the draw to win $7000 in flights thanks to Virgin Australia.
The goal is to reach 10,000 hampers by September 30. The hampers will then be packed simultaneously in capital cities around Australia on October 17 to break the world record of the most hampers packed in one day.
Ask your local Flight Centre Travel Group store on how you can join the challenge, or find out more online at www.foodbank.org.au.
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