Jetstar gives wings to transform lives

World Vision Australia’s largest corporate partner, Jetstar, has passed an incredible milestone, raising $7 million for our work in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia through its StarKids initiative.

Jetstar marked the event by hosting the Indigenous Martu people at its Melbourne offices as part of a World Vision leadership initiative. The program, which is partly funded by StarKids, involves building the leadership skills of people on Australian Aboriginal lands so they can confidently make decisions on behalf of their community.

It came as the Martu visitors featured as the Guard of Honour at this weekend’s Indigenous round between Western Bulldogs and Collingwood.

Through its StarKids program and the generosity of its customers, Jetstar has been able to grow its annual contribution towards fighting poverty to $2.2 million this financial year.

Jetstar is helping to transform lives through eleven projects it funds across the Asia Pacific including:

  •  Helping street kids in Myanmar access education, nutrition and health care.
  • Supporting early childhood and leadership programs for Aboriginal Australians.
  •  Delivering clean drinking water to families in Cambodia.

"Jetstar and its customers are giving wings to children and their families across the region," World Vision CEO Tim Costello said.

"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. We look forward to continuing to delivering new programs with the support of Jetstar."

Jetstar Group Chief Commercial Officer Catriona Larritt met with members of the Martu Leadership Program at their Melbourne office, and was pleased to be able to share the lessons she’s learned throughout her leadership journey.

"I’m thrilled to be able to personally meet some of the beneficiaries of the donations our customers and team members have made to StarKids," Ms Larritt said.

"It’s so rewarding to speak with and learn from the Martu community about the commonalities and differences in the way we work together, so we can draw upon one another’s experiences.

"Since we partnered with World Vision in 2007 to create StarKids, our customers and team members have donated more than $7 million to support programs like this one and we’re excited about what we’ll continue to achieve together."

The Martu leadership program is being delivered in partnership with the local community, World Vision and its local partner Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), with funding from Jetstar. Jetstar has been working with World Vision since 2007.

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