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Charity partnership announced with Ryanair

Simon Etherington (left) from SOS Children's Villages UK and Kenny Jacobs (right) from Ryanair celebrate new European charity partnership
Simon Etherington (left) from SOS Children's Villages UK and Kenny Jacobs (right) from Ryanair celebrate new European charity partnership

SOS Children’s Villages UK is pleased to announce that we are the official charity partner of Ryanair for 2016. The partnership will involve a donation of over £100,000 to help to transform the lives of vulnerable children in Europe.

In over 125 countries, including 30 in Europe, SOS Children’s Villages ensure that children who have nothing and no one can grow up in a safe environment.

“We are delighted to be chosen as Ryanair’s European charity partner. There is a very strong correlation between Ryanair’s footprint and our own activities in those countries, and this provides an excellent basis for working together on a number of exciting fundraising initiatives. The funds raised by Ryanair’s staff and customers will further our work of ensuring that every child grows up in a family: loved, respected and protected,” says Simon Etherington, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages UK.

Ryanair is Europe’s leading budget airline which operates more than 1,800 daily flights from 31 countries. They are known for their cheery flight attendants, and making Europe assessable to those on a shoestring.

“We look forward to launching a number of initiatives over the next 12 months to raise significant funding for SOS Children’s Villages, who do so much to help orphaned and abandoned children. Our customers will be able to support this partnership throughout the next year,” says Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer. 

Watch the partnership video here.

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