Published on September 24th, 2012 | by Allison Wallace0
Flight Centre and the Sandals Foundation Team Up for 4th Straight Year
For the fourth straight year, Flight Centre and the Sandals Foundation have joined forces to make a difference in the largest community outreach program of its kind in the region. Following a similar very successful event last year in Jamaica, this year’s outreach was held in Turks & Caicos.
Over 500 Flight Centre employees attended their National Leadership Conference held at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa. The conference again included community based volunteer activities in conjunction with the Sandals Foundation that would have a direct positive impact on a community in need.
The list of projects included helping repair the local high school’s basketball court, building picnic benches for a student lunch area both there and at the local primary school, building a playground, planting mangroves and assisting at the conch farm, helping restore local ruins and interacting with the local youth through a ‘reading road trip’.
Flight Centre asked each of its shops and businesses sending representatives to the leadership conference to raise money to cover the cost of materials, tools and transportation in order to make the projects happen. To make the donation even more significant, the company matched its staff’s fundraising efforts dollar for dollar which led to a cheque presentation for $50,000 to the Sandals Foundation. This brings the total donation by Flight Centre to $200,000 over four years.
“Over the past four years this aspect of our conference has become an absolute highlight for our people. We want to lead by example and work with our partners to help facilitate sustainable tourism.” -Flight Centre President Greg Dixon.
About Flight Centre
Flight Centre (Canada) is a leading retailer of travel products and services for the leisure and corporate markets. Flight Centre’s presence in Canada includes more than 180 shops & businesses and over 1,000 staff across the country. www.flightcentre.ca
About the Sandals Foundation
The Sandals Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International. It is the culmination of three decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where the company operates across the Caribbean. www.sandalsfoundation.org