When QantasLink Captain Susan McHaffie joined the Qantas Group in 2013, she wasted no time acting on her inspiration by the National Breast Cancer Foundation-branded pink QantasLink aircraft to do her bit in raising awareness and money to support breast cancer research. She was behind the setting up of FlyPink which will see Qantas Group employees wearing pink to support the initiative for the month of October for FlyPink 2016.
….. With more of our team members involved this year, I have high hopes that together we can raise $100,000 for breast cancer research. My ultimate aim is to see other airlines around the world joining us in support of FlyPink. I hope this October I’ll walk past a pilot I don’t know in an international airport wearing pink epaulettes in support of breast cancer research. QantasLink Captain Susan McHaffie
The campaign aims to help those like McHaffie’s aunt, who was diagnosed and beat breast cancer and she is heartened by the growing enthusiasm for the campaign from her colleagues.
How will the employees FlyPink 2016?
The FlyPink campaign saw over three thousand Qantas Group pilots swap their normal gold epaulettes (shoulder stripes) for pink epaulettes in 2015. This year, Qantas and QantasLink cabin crew will swap their silver wing badges for pink, customer service agents in Qantas airports and lounges will wear pink ribbons and ground crew will wear pink caps.
Pink epaulettes, pink wings, pink ribbons and pink caps will be available to all Qantas Group pilots, cabin crew, airport and lounge team members and ground crew, who are encouraged to make a donation and wear pink with pride in October. Qantas and QantasLink pilots will be joined by their compatriots on Jetstar, JetConnect, Cobham, Network Aviation and Express Freighters Australia.
FlyPink branded snack boxes and cupcakes will be served on Qantas and QantasLink flights, as well as pink biscuits and cocktails in the domestic Business Lounges in support of the campaign.
To make a contribution
Customers and Qantas employees can support FlyPink with their donations. #WeFlyPink #showyoursupport
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has welcomed the initiative and thanked Qantas for their generosity. Proceeds from the Qantas FlyPink 2016 campaign will directly support NBCF’s life-changing breast cancer research projects around Australia. With forty-four Australian women expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer daily and eight who die from the disease, the money will go towards further research that will enable those with the disease to live longer and better lives, ultimately preventing deaths.
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