IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), has raised over 20,000 euros, the equivalent to 1.8 million Indian rupees, from a charity auction held in India this year. The donations will be delivered in phases to the Bhagat Foundation, an NGO supporting underprivileged children in Gurgaon, India.
IAG Cargo recently hosted its South Asia Listening Forum 2022 in the city of Chandigarh, India, attended by customers from the region. Five customers – Skyways Air Services, Transline Air Cargo Services, TVS SCS Global Freight Solutions, Expo Freight, and Continental Carriers – contributed to the total funding.
As of 20th December, the Bhagat Foundation has already utilised 1 million rupees to pay the rent of a new school facility for one year, fitted with benches, lights, and fans, which will support the children’s learning and development whilst their existing facility is renovated. Additionally, they have purchased new winter uniforms and shoes for the children, computers, printers, stationery, as well as hiring an additional teacher, and water purifiers to provide clean water.
Ankush Chawla, area commercial manager for South Asia at IAG Cargo commented: “I am beyond proud to support the tremendous efforts of the Bhagat Foundation, a charity very close to my heart. I’ve been raising funds for this NGO for two years now, along with my IAG Cargo colleagues in India, and it has been an honor to see the difference our work makes to the lives of the children. Since our relationship began at the start of 2021, we have raised over €24,000, the equivalent to 2.1 million Indian rupees. I look forward to continuing to support this amazing cause in 2023.”
Founder of Bhagat Foundation, Suresh Kumar, commented: “I cannot express my gratitude to IAG Cargo and Skyways Air Services, Transline Air Cargo Services, TVS SCS Global Freight Solutions, Expo Freight, and Continental Carriers. This amount of money will be extremely valued, with the funds going towards essential equipment to aid the children through these vital years of their lives. IAG Cargo have been a huge support to the children, even through tough times during the pandemic, so we really appreciate the hard work they do. I’m excited to share our future spending plans for the next phases of the donations next year.”