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Dragonair Passengers Donate HK$2 Million for Conservation Programmes

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com 19 January 2005

Dragonair's Change for Conservation inflight charity programme raised HK$2 million in 2004 for projects of The Nature Conservancy in Yunnan - twice the original target. The airline said that given the success of the campaign, it will be extended for one more year.

“First and foremost I must thank our passengers for their amazing generosity and unstinting support of the Change for Conservation campaign,” said Dragonair’s Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Hui. “Thanks to them, double our original target was raised for projects overseen by The Nature Conservancy in Yunnan.”

The funds raised under the Change for Conservation campaign will be used by The Nature Conservancy in northwest Yunnan to: create a system of protected areas with the policies and funding necessary to sustain them; to protect vital watershed areas, especially along the Yangtze and Mekong rivers; to alleviate poverty, one of the principal causes of unsustainable natural resource use and biodiversity loss; and, to develop sustainable economic alternatives for the people there.

“I would like to thank Dragonair and its passengers for their overwhelming generosity,” said Stefan Kratz, China Programme Director of Operations, The Nature Conservancy. “Their support will enable us to help maintain the well-being of the landscape and the people of Yunnan.”

The Change for Conservation campaign will run until January 31, 2006 on all routes throughout Dragonair’s network. However, from January 8 to February 12, 2005, the change given by passengers on the airline’s flights will instead be donated to the Hong Kong Red Cross for use in Asian tsunami relief efforts.

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