Emirates' donations to the Lord's Taverners will pass the £250,000 mark when a minibus is presented to Furze Down School on 9th June 2013.
Furze Down School is a community special school in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, catering for pupils with a wide range of special educational needs, including speech and language disorders, learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders.
This year, the donation of a new nine-seater minibus will change the lives of the Furze Down School youngsters, enabling them to access physical activities at off-site sporting facilities and facilitate them going on educational trips.
The airline began supporting The Lord’s Taverners charitable initiatives, to give disadvantaged children a sporting chance at life, in the United Kingdom and abroad in 2004. Since then, Emirates has supported the charity and their commendable efforts to encourage youth to lead an active lifestyle, regardless of ability.
This Sunday, 9th June 2013, The Lord’s Taverners will take on Fly Emirates XI cricket team – made up of staff from Emirates Airline and Group – in the grounds of Windsor castle. Following the fixture, the Fly Emirates XI will have the chance to be a part of the presentation of the minibus donation to representatives and children from Furze Down School.
“This established fixture provides a wonderful opportunity for our Fly Emirates XI players to take on The Lord’s Taverners in the splendid grounds of Windsor Castle, while also supporting the local community and inspiring youth to spectate and take part in sports,” said Gary Chapman, President Group Services & dnata, Emirates Group. “As well as backing charitable causes, Emirates is also committed to the development of cricket across the globe. As an Official Partner of the ICC, we support all its major tournaments. Our longstanding partnership with The Lord’s Taverners goes hand-in-hand with our efforts to support youth participating in sport globally, across borders,” he added.