Flight Centre Christmas Wrap

December 2014

Look out David Jones and Myer! Flight Centre Volunteer Gift Wrappers have been giving them a run for their money at the Youngcare Wrapping Stations at Chermside and Brookside.

The Wrapping Station has had a regular flow of shoppers during the lead up to Christmas, often with busy shoppers two to three deep, keeping the Flight Centre volunteers on their toes.

Joanne Heggie, Social Media Team Leader (pictured at the Brookside Station) has heard rumours that the Chermside Station has been busier, so is encouraging those shoppers desperate to have their last minute gifts beautifully wrapped, to come on down to “Brookie”.

Gifts are wrapped for the price of a gold coin donation but often the busy volunteers receive larger amounts for their efforts with all donations going to assist Youngcare.

In addition to volunteering, Flight Centre provides funds for the At Home Care Grants at Youngcare to the tune of $150k per annum. These vital funds help approximately 25 young people stay at home in the care of loved ones instead of entering aged care facilities.

During the Christmas period, we have also had volunteers help staff the phones at Youngcare for their Christmas Appeal.

Youngcare was established in 2005 following the inspirational story of one woman’s battle to find relevant and dignified care. Currently more than 7,500 young Australians with full-time care needs are living in aged care simply because there are few alternatives. There are also 700,000 more young Australians being cared for at home by family and friends, often with limited support.

All young people deserve to live young lives. Youngcare is committed to raising awareness of the issue across the nation so that they can drive change and create real choices for young Australians and their families – Flight Centre is a proud supporter of Youngcare’s great work.