13th July 2011
Big boost for Hand in Hand for Haiti as IAADFS pledges extra US$50,000 as seen in the Moodie Report
AMERICAS. The board of directors of the International Association of Airport Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) has pledged an extra US$50,000 to Hand in Hand for Haiti, the travel retail industry charity set up in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake in Port-au-Prince in January 2010.
The generous and welcome donation follows previous support given by IAADFS to Haiti’s Red Cross and local charitable groups. It will help fund infrastructure and staffing requirements at the Lycée Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable school, funded and operated by the travel retail industry through the Hand in Hand for Haiti foundation. The school was officially inaugurated in May this year.
Hand in Hand for Haiti was founded by The Estée Lauder Companies President Travel Retailing Worldwide Olivier Bottrie, DFS Chairman and CEO Ed Brennan and The Moodie Report Founder and Chairman Martin Moodie. It has proved one of the travel retail industry’s most ambitious and successful corporate social responsibility initiatives, drawing support and funding from across the global business.
IAADFS president Pancho Motta said: “This latest decision by IAADFS to donate additional funds to Hand in Hand for Haiti represents a continued commitment and focus by the association to not only support Haiti but to recognise our overall social responsibility to help those in need. The Board feels that this is an important and long-standing aspect of IAADFS’ overall mission and a good use of our funds. We know these funds are going to make a difference and provide an immediate impact.
“This latest Board decision is part of our ongoing corporate social responsibility policy and we are sure that together we are building a much better future for the children in Haiti.”
Joe Lyons, IAADFS board member and Vice President of DFS Group, added: “On behalf of DFS Group we greatly appreciate this support and continued recognition by IAADFS of the importance and success of this project. Here you have funds going directly to those most in need for health care and educational assistance. This is the most effective way to help bring Haiti back from this terrible disaster on which we need to stay focused.”