Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) recently teamed up with the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand (WFFT) and EVA Air for the company’s 5th annual charity trip. In September, a group of Flight Centre employees spent a week caring for animals rescued from captivity at the Project Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Bangkok.
“The Annual Charity Trip has become one of our most popular and profound initiatives within our Brighter Futures program,” said Allison Wallace, VP Corporate Communication & CSR. “The objective of this part of our program is to educate our people on responsible travel practices so that they can make informed choices for themselves and provide informed advice to clients.
Fourteen FCTG employees from across North America volunteered at the rescue centre as part of the Brighter Futures program, Flight Centre’s platform for responsible travel. They assisted with the essential day-to-day animal care needs at the rescue centre, like feeding the animals, prepping their food, and cleaning enclosures.
Since it was founded in 2001, the WFFT, a non-government organization, has made a commitment to rescue wild animals nationwide. The rescue centre is currently home to hundreds of wild animals, including gibbons, macaques, bears, otters, and birds. Animals are rescued from poor living conditions, captivity, exploitation, illegal trade practices, or directly from the wild, where they may have been victims of accidents or attacks. While the WFFT’s objective is to rehabilitate and release rescued animals back into the wild, it’s not always possible. Those that can’t be released are provided shelter and given a loving forever-home with their Wildlife Rescue family at the centre. To donate to the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand, click here.
Award-winning airline EVA Air is generously providing volunteers with air travel, making this effort possible. The program is also supported by Discova Tours, FCTG’s recently launched affiliated global destination management company. Discova will be providing all on-the-ground transportation and excursions while the group is in-destination.
FCTG’s previous efforts have made a significant impact around the globe. In 2017 and 2018, a total of 30 Flight Centre volunteers travelled to Guatemala to work at Project Somos, an eco-sustainable community aiming to break the cycle of poverty by providing quality education and healthy food to families in need. A total of $40,000 was donated over two years. The year before that, 16 volunteers travelled to Thailand to learn about responsible travel at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital and Elephant Nature Park. In 2015, the program’s first year, 20 volunteers went to Iceland and trekked 60 kilometres for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and raised $50,000.
The Brighter Futures program illuminates Flight Centre’s vision for a brighter, healthier, happier, and safer future for wildlife. Visit our Brighter Futures page for more information on FCTG’s social responsibility activities.