This week, WestJet is celebrating the incredible 15-year milestone anniversary of the WestJet Cares for Kids program. To see the impact of this program, guests may not have to look further than their next flight, as they could be travelling with a young person enroute to an organ transplant, a family packing up their lives to move closer to life-saving care, a young person about to have their wish granted, future leaders who are learning valuable life skills or a missing child who is finally on their way back home.
Since 2007, WestJet has donated over 100,000 flights to our charitable partners through our WestJet Cares for Kids program. We remain incredibly grateful to our longstanding partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, BGC Canada, Hope Air, Make-A-Wish® Canada, Missing Children Society of Canada, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, and The David Foster Foundation. Since the program's inception, WestJet and WestJetters have helped to make a lasting positive impact on the health and wellbeing of thousands of young people, and through the gift of our resources, we are able to support our partners' essential programs and services, assist with fundraising efforts, and reduce the cost of travel. We remain incredibly grateful to our partners for the critical work they do each and every day for Canadians.
“WestJet has always strived to be more than just an airline. Through the WestJet Cares for Kids program, we found a way to use our unique identity to make investments and support the communities we serve in a meaningful way,” said Angela Avery, WestJet Group Executive Vice-President and Chief People, Corporate & Sustainability Officer. “I am proud to be celebrating 15 years of this program alongside the passionate WestJetters who consistently demonstrate an unwavering dedication to our charitable partners within WestJet’s vast community.”
We recently put together a short video to help tell the story, and to thank our guests for joining us on this journey: