Flight Centre Schools Triathlon Raises £320,000 for Charity
Flight Centre is continuing its work for charity, after a series of school triathlon events raised a total of £320,000.
The travel agency sponsored the third annual Flight Centre Schools Triathlon, a series of four events to raise money for Restless Development.
The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon is a series of four events encouraging children aged 7-13 to participate in triathlons in a safe and non-competitive environment while raising money for charity.
Events were hosted at Bradfield School, Berkshire, Royal Russell school, Croydon, Cranleigh School, Surrey, and Marlborough College, Wiltshire. The combined amount raised from all four triathlons in the series is an incredible £320,000.
Flight Centre agents were on hand throughout the event to cheer on participants, and as well as sponsoring the event for the third year, Flight Centre also offered participants the chance to win a 12-night family holiday to California for a family of four.
Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies also came along to cheer on participants and hand out medals at the final event at Marlborough College.
The events not only highlight Flight Centre’s commitment to supporting charity but also to providing families with unique and amazing travel experiences.
Since the triathlon launched in 2016 more than 7,000 children between the ages of 7-13 have taken part and raised nearly £720,000 for Restless Development. The international development charity puts young people at the very heart of dealing with the issues that affect them, their communities, and their countries.
Chris Galanty, Managing Director of Flight Centre Europe and South Africa, said: “It’s a privilege to be the lead sponsor of an event that encourages young people to both get active and think about the needs of others. Flight Centre and Restless Development are a natural fit; Restless Development is all about young people trying to change the world and our purpose is to open up the world for those who want to see it.”
Jim Sewell, Trustee of Restless, said: “The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon has gone from strength to strength each year and it is brilliant to see the enthusiasm from the children, parents and schools alike. Their efforts will help thousands of young people around the world who are transforming their communities through better access to health, education and life skills. The children taking part really understand that they can make a difference and the combination of sport and charity in a children’s event has been incredibly powerful. I’m so excited about the potential for this event – we see it becoming the schools’ equivalent of the London Marathon.”
Specialising in Tailor Made holidays and Premium and Round the World Flights, Flight Centre is one of the world’s largest travel retailers. It has over 80 stores throughout the UK, with new stores opening regularly.
Young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being side-lined. Restless Development is a global agency that works with young people so they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, Restless Development works with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities. Restless Development is run out of hubs in ten countries across Africa, Asia and in the UK and USA, with a wider network of partners across the world. The agency has been working with young people since 1985 and its work is led by thousands of young people every year. For more information www.restlessdevelopment.org
Any school interested in taking part in or hosting a 2019 Triathlon event should contact Jim Sewell at:[email protected].
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About the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG)
The Flight Centre Travel Group (www.fctgl.com) is one of the world’s largest travel companies with over 18,000 staff and 2500 stores across its leisure, corporate and wholesale businesses. The company’s turnover in 2014/2015 financial year was £9 billion. After starting with one shop 30 years ago, FCTG has enjoyed remarkable growth and is one of the top 100 publicly listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange.
All specialist brands under the FCTG Corporate banner offer 24/7 support and the benefits of a blended offline/online solution; global negotiation strength and unique and superior business travel products.
About Flight Centre
The team at Flight Centre are experts when it comes to travel and are committed to providing customers with a great experience. The company’s success comes down to its people, experienced Travel Experts who are passionate about finding their customers the holiday they want, for the price they want.
Since establishing the first Flight Centre store in 1995, the business has grown its team of Travel Experts to include over 80 stores within the United Kingdom, with new stores opening regularly. Worldwide, Flight Centre has an amazing 2,500 stores across the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada and more, making Flight Centre one of the largest and most successful independent travel retailers in the world. With its global reach and close relationships with the world’s best travel providers, the company is able to provide competitive travel deals.
The Flight Centre team can organise anything from flights to holidays, hotels, car hire, tours, travel insurance, visas and more. They also have dedicated First and Business Class flight teams and Business Travel teams to help with any specialised travel needs.
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About Restless Development
Restless Development is a global agency for youth-led development. It supports young people to demand and deliver a just and sustainable world for all. This global agency is run out of strategic hubs in ten countries across Africa, Asia and in the UK and USA, with a wider network of partners across the world. It works to make sure young people have a voice, a living, sexual rights, and are leaders in preventing and solving the world’s challenges. Restless Development has been working with young people since 1985 and its work is led by thousands of young people every year. We listen to young people, our work is led by young people and together we help young people make lasting change in their communities and countries