The impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry has grounded a large portion of Virgin Australia’s fleet, but the team are dedicated to helping vulnerable Australians until they are back up in the skies.
The airline has turned April Fool’s Day on its head this year to donate thousands of toilet paper rolls from over 125 grounded aircraft to communities in need.
Responding to the news, Major Bruce Harmer from The Salvation Army said: “It’s so wonderful to see such a strong community spirit in the team at Virgin Australia. The Salvation Army will ensure any donation of toilet paper reaches the older and vulnerable people in our communities during this unprecedented time of need.”
This isn’t the only way Virgin Australia has been supporting people in need since the outbreak of COVID-19. The airline is building upon their existing partnership with charity OzHarvest, and have donated 6,000 excess meals to hungry Australians this week alone. This surplus food will divert three tonne of food from landfill and includes award-winning meals from the airline’s business class menus and airport lounges.
OzHarvest spokeswoman Michaela Windsor said that many people will benefit from the food Virgin Australia is donating from airports and lounges nationally:
“Our hearts go out to anyone who is currently impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The generous donations from Virgin Australia will feed many vulnerable Australians from all walks of life who are doing it tough.”
OzHarvest and Virgin Australia have been working together for five years now to donate more than 1.6 million meals to help people and communities in need. With the airline’s operations scheduled to resume on June 14th 2020, Virgin Australia’s community spirit is set to endure for many years to come.
Visit the Virgin Australia website for more information on their community efforts and airline operations.