• Boeing employees support children in need

    February 20, 2018

    Boeing has donated more than 151 school backpacks containing school supplies and shoe vouchers for disadvantaged students to Mission Australia.

    More than $26,000 was raised by Boeing Australia employees to purchase school supplies for their annual ‘Backpack Appeal’ campaign, with backpacks packed by employees in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

    This is one of multiple national initiatives that Boeing’s more than 3,000 employees in Australia proudly support.

    Boeing Defence Australia’s Managing Director Darren Edwards said the company was proud to support Mission Australia in the valuable work they do to assist Australian families in need.

    “At multiple sites across Australia, Boeing employees have proudly supported the campaign by donating money as well as their own time to fill the backpacks,” said Edwards.

    “This year’s campaign has been incredibly successful and demonstrates the commitment of our people to giving children experiencing extreme hardship the best chance at an education.”

    Edwards further noted that this year was a special first for Boeing. The company worked with the Indigenous Defence Consortium to source and supply the backpacks and their contents, helping reinforce Boeing’s commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Boeing presented backpacks to Mission Australia’s Program Manager Jenny Chaves at a morning tea at the start of Term 1 at Carole Park State School, in Brisbane.

    Ms Chaves thanked employees for their generous donation.

    “For the fourth year running, Boeing has done an outstanding job raising money to purchase backpacks and shoe vouchers.”

    “Mission Australia is looking forward to distributing the backpacks to school-aged children who are doing it tough,’ said Chaves.

    “Every child deserves a quality education and the backpacks are a great way to support disadvantaged students as they start the school year. The campaign supports our vision to create a community that values its children.”

    Children accessing Mission Australia’s services will receive the backpacks over the coming weeks.