StarKids reaches $7 million fundraising milestone

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In April 2016, funds raised through StarKids, a partnership between Jetstar and World Vision, ticked over to an incredible $7 million.

Since 2007, Jetstar - our largest corporate partner - has been raising funds to support projects in Australia and southeast Asia through the StarKids initiative.

StarKids enables Jetstar staff and passengers to help improve the lives of children and communities in need in many of the locations the airline flies to.

Already this financial year, over $2 million has been raised through passengers donating when they book tickets online or giving their spare change to cabin crew in-flight. It has also come through the tireless passion and generosity of Jetstar staff donating through workplace giving and conducting regular fundraising events such as raffles, morning teas and fun runs.

"Jetstar and its customers are giving wings to children and their families across the region," said World Vision CEO Tim Costello in congratulating the airline on what's been achieved through StarKids to date.

“We simply would not be transforming the lives of thousands of people, including children, without StarKids’ support. Jetstar is leading the way in demonstrating what it is to be a good corporate citizen.”

Thank you StarKids!


How StarKids has reached $7 million*

 *Total funds raised by source as at 30 April 2016

$6.2 million

donated by Jetstar customers online and in-flight


donated by Jetstar staff via workplace giving


raised by Jetstar staff through fundraising events

How do StarKids donations change lives?

In 2016, funds raised through StarKids are supporting 11 community-based development projects across Australia and southeast Asia.

These projects cover a range of activities, from education and leadership development with Australian Indigenous communities, through to child protection and improving health and incomes in countries such as Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Ravy and her family, from rural Cambodia, are among thousands of families who have already benefited.

While her family has always worked hard on their land, it’s only now they are finally reaping the rewards, thanks to a StarKids-supported business development project.

Before, they grew just two crop varieties: green beans and chillies. “I had no idea what to grow on the land before. I just wanted to follow the traditional style,” explained Ravy.

But after learning new farming techniques and receiving support to plant new crop varieties, the family’s farm is bursting with long beans, cucumbers, eggplants, spinach, melons and pumpkins. They have also planted 200 fruit trees on their land.

Ravy and her husband are among thousands of farmers across nine provinces in Cambodia learning how to improve their production and work together in farmer co-ops so they can increase their incomes and give their children a better life.

Co-op members learn business skills and also how to process their raw produce into products such as fruit juice that they can sell for a higher price.

Local World Vision worker Lum Orng says one of the most exciting things about this project is how it brings neighbours together to boost production and sell their produce collectively.

“I am excited to see these changes in the community,” he says.

With new farming skills, Ravy and her family have tripled their income, which means her daughter, Sreynich (right) has a brighter future.