MONTREAL, April 26, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada’s Boeing 767-300 cargo plane took off last night from Toronto for Frankfurt, transporting humanitarian and medical aid on behalf of Airlink, Flexport.org and GlobalMedic. The flight was carrying aid including medical and trauma supplies, water purification and sanitation kits destined for an area north of Lviv, Ukraine.
After the flight arrives, Airlink’s partner NGO, GlobalMedic, will employ response teams to manage the distribution of supplies to treat conflict-displaced Ukrainian civilians, whose homes have been destroyed, and the injured , expanding the capacity of hospitals in border regions to provide care.
“Together with our employees, we are honored to continue our support for those affected by the Ukraine crisis. One hundred Air Canada employees volunteered their time yesterday to pack emergency family food kits sent by GlobalMedic, and we’re proud to use our cargo ship to transport 50 tonnes of aid that includes these emergency tools. important response as well as essential medical and humanitarian supplies for Airlink and Flexport.org quickly to Europe. The Airlink and GlobalMedic infrastructure and teams on the ground who meet our flight then ensure that the shipments arrive at their destination right after our flight arrives,” said Jason BerryVice President, Cargo at Air Canada.
“The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in Ukraine. Cooperation and coordination are key to overcoming the supply chain challenges that have arisen in response to this crisis, and for the second time since the start of the war, this partnership has proven to be very effective,” said Steve Smith Airlink, President and CEO. Airlink is delighted to once again be working in partnership with Air Canada, GlobalMedic and Flexport.org to help the people of Ukraine.”
“One of the biggest challenges in humanitarian relief efforts is the successful coordination of aid. Yet once again – our partnership with Air Canada and Airlink, and more recently GlobalMedic – demonstrates the value of logistics providers and aid organizations coming together for collective impact Through this partnership, we are able to provide 100,000 pounds of essential aid, including water purification systems, emergency food supplies and trauma kits, to people displaced by the unfolding crisis in Ukraine“, said Susy Schöneberg, head of Flexport.org.
“GlobalMedic is grateful to Airlink for coordinating this flight and to Air Canada for piloting the mission. This flight will carry around 100,000 pounds of life-saving humanitarian aid to be distributed to displaced families fleeing the fighting in Ukraine. The shipment will contain 6,400 family emergency kits. Each kit includes emergency food items, a solar lamp, water purification tablets and a trauma bag. The items are packed in sealed buckets which are used to collect water for purification and drinking,” said Rahul Singhexecutive director of GlobalMedic.
Nonprofit disaster logistics expert Airlink exists to help remove the cost of air travel as a barrier for NGOs responding to disasters and other humanitarian crises. She was able to use her long-term partnership with Air Canada, the seamless visibility and coordination provided by the Flexport platform, and donor support, to secure the all-cargo flight that made delivery of this shipment possible. Since the beginning of the war in UkraineAirlink flew more than 135 tonnes of aid and 221 aid workers for 20 non-profit organizations providing medical care, food, mental health counselling, drinking water and other essentials to Ukrainian refugees .
The second humanitarian cargo flight is Air Canada’s latest initiative to support the crisis in Ukraine. Previous initiatives include:
Donation of 100 million Aeroplan points to facilitate the travel of Ukrainians to Canada on board Air Canada and star alliance partner airlines
$10 donation per booking made on the Air Canada website starting March 22 for a total donation of $250,000 to humanitarian aid in Ukraine
Air Canada employees and the Air Canada Foundation donate $170,000 to support humanitarian aid in Ukraine
On March 9, a special humanitarian cargo flight operated by Air Canada on behalf of Airlink and other humanitarian partners carries hospital beds, humanitarian and medical supplies to Warsaw, Poland, and medicine destined for Lviv , in Ukraine.
Transporting rapid response teams to scale up operations in Europe to help arriving Ukrainian families
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Airlink is a global humanitarian organization that provides essential aid to communities in crisis by providing airlift and logistics solutions to non-profit partners, changing the way the humanitarian community responds to disasters around the world. Airlink exists to help eliminate the cost of air travel as a barrier for NGOs responding to disasters and other humanitarian crises. Its network includes more than 130 aid organizations and 50 commercial and charter airlines. Since its inception in 2010, Airlink has flown more than 8,000 aid workers and transported nearly 5,000,000 pounds of humanitarian cargo. In 2021, humanitarian aid provided by Airlink helped 7.8 million people. For more information, please visit www.airlinkflight.org. Follow Airlink on Facebook and Twitter.
GlobalMedic is a registered Canadian charity that runs capacity building programs and provides large-scale disaster relief services around the world. GlobalMedic has responded to 240 disasters in 80 countries, including earthquakes in Ecuador, Haiti, Japan and Nepal; tsunamis in Japan and Sri Lanka; typhoons in The Philippines and Taiwan; hurricanes in Grenade and Guatemala; cyclone in India, Burma, Vanuatu and mozambique; floods in Bangladesh, Mexico and Pakistan; drought and famine in Kenya and Mauritania; epidemics in Liberia and Sierra Leone; and complex emergencies in Gaza, Iraq, mali, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. GlobalMedic works in Ukraine since 2014, supporting people affected or displaced by worsening conflicts in the east of the country. GlobalMedic teams distributed hygiene items, food parcels, first aid kits and home water purification units to vulnerable families. In 2019, GlobalMedic also implemented a food security and job creation program to support internally displaced people.
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