Community support

Perth Airport proudly partners with a number of local organisations and charities to help make a difference to the community in which we operate. Here are some of the ways we provide support.

Perth Airport has supported Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation (previously the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation) for many years, and proceeds from auctioning items that are surrendered at the airport have been used towards purchasing essential equipment for the hospital.

Over the past six years, we have raised more than $100,000 to purchase vital equipment for Princess Margaret Hospital by auctioning items such that cannot be taken on board an aircraft including sharps, lighters and tools.

Most recently, we purchased a jet ventilator for the Neonatal Ward to help new babies with fragile lungs who are suffering from chronic lung disease.

In the past, donations have included a 3D Distraction Unit, which is used in the emergency unit to engage young patients and relieve anxiety, a syringe pump and a physiotherapy bench seat to improve the treatment of children in the Intensive Care Unit and those who need physical therapy as a result of spinal injuries and other neurological conditions.

The funds donated are a result of an initiative introduced in 2009. Under the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005, passengers cannot take prohibited items (such as scissors, knives, fishing equipment etc) through Security Screening Areas. Items surrendered in Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are sent to a public auction house and the funds raised are matched by Perth Airport. Following consultation with staff at the hospital to determine the items they most require, funds are then used to purchase items for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

New PMH equipment purchased by Perth Airport

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Perth Airport was thrilled to donate $100,000 to Telethon in 2016, which raised a record $26.3 million.

The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is a registered charitable trust dedicated to raising funds to improve the lives of children and young people throughout Western Australia. Its philosophy is to financially support the medical and social welfare of children and young people, and to fund research into children’s diseases.

Perth Airport is proud to support Telethon and looks forward to providing ongoing support into the future.

Perth Airport team members volunteering at the Telethon call centre

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As the State’s largest food relief charity, Foodbank WA plays a significant role in supporting vulnerable families by helping to eradicate hunger in the community. 

Perth Airport’s partnership with Foodbank WA began in 2011. As one of our major charitable partners, Foodbank receives support through Perth Airport’s staff volunteer program and a funding commitment of $1.05 million over seven years to support their work in the community. 

In the past twelve months 60 Perth Airport team members donated 200 hours of service to Foodbank.

Perth Airport team members helping at Foodbank WA's warehouse

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The annual Perth Airport Achiever Awards provide financial assistance to young people aged 15 to 25 years who have been in the care of the WA Department for Child Protection and Family Support and are undertaking further education and training. 

Award recipients receive funding to assist with tertiary or vocational education, with nominations invited in the categories of University Achiever Award, Registered Training Achiever Award and Apprenticeship or Traineeship Achiever Award.

An additional prize, the Ida Curtois Inspiration Award, is presented to an Achiever Award winner who has also made a significant contribution to their community.

In 2016, the Perth Airport Achiever Awards recognised 34 young people for pursuing their dreams through further education and training. 

Winners of the Perth Airport Achiever Awards 2016

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Perth Airport is a proud supporter of Youth Focus, a Western Australian not-for-profit organisation that supports young people to overcome issues associated with suicide, anxiety, depression and self-harm. 

In 2016, we again sponsored a team of five riders in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth event and with the help of our partners and stakeholders, raised $48,000 to donate to Youth Focus. 

This annual event began in 2003 and involves 140 riders cycling 700km between Albany and Perth over five days to raise vital funds.

Youth Focus

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The prestigious 2016 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards – hosted by Tourism Council Western Australia – were held on Saturday 12 November and recognised the extraordinary tourism experiences and services that our beautiful State has to offer.

The Western Australian Tourism Awards have been recognising excellence within the tourism industry for over 40 years.

Perth Airport is a proud, long-time supporter of these awards, which showcase the diversity, passion and innovation of our vibrant tourism industry.

As the gateway to Western Australia, Perth Airport was once again thrilled to be the Principal Sponsor of the awards, and we congratulate all the dedicated entrants, finalists and winners who make Western Australia a must-see destination. To see a full list of the winners, please click here.

Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown presenting at the 2016 WA Tourism Awards

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In 2016, Perth Airport proudly supported a photographic project empowering young West Australian Muslim students to share their diverse stories with the wider community.

World Press Photo Perth’s My Story, My Home exhibition aimed to raise cultural awareness, and build understanding and acceptance.

Perth Airport takes great pride in supporting local community initiatives, particularly those that celebrate cultural diversity. 

As part of our Community Partnership Program, we provided World Press Photo Perth’s My Story, My Home community building project with a grant of $2,500.

World Press Photo Perth

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Each year, across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together to celebrate Children’s Book Week. During the week schools, libraries, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature.

In 2016, Beechboro and Forrestfield Primary Schools both received $5,000 worth of books to update their library.

The new books have come courtesy of a partnership between Perth Airport and Dymocks Children’s Charities, who develop unique projects to encourage and improve reading literacy in school children. 

Since the partnership began in 2012, Perth Airport has donated more than $60,000 worth of books to local schools during Children’s Book Week to update and expand their library collections with books of their choice.

Book Week celebrations at Ardross Primary School

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Perth Airport and Life Education WA have joined forces to help equip Western Australian children to cope with the pressures they face growing up in a modern, fast-paced world.

Life Education WA is a community-based, independent organisation at the front line of positive and preventative drug and health education. More than 17,000 students take part in Life Education programs each year.

Perth Airport’s support of Life Education WA has enabled the expansion of this important program.

In September 2016, Life Education WA visited students at Carlisle Primary School with their popular mascot, Harold the Giraffe.

Life Education

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Perth Airport has partnered with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) to bring music to Moorditj Noongar Community College.

College students at Moorditj’s Middle Swan campus, a school for disadvantaged Aboriginal children, were visited by a host of talented WASO musicians.

This visit was part of WASO’s Harmony Music program that seeks to break down barriers to participation among children who might otherwise miss out on the opportunity to experience orchestral music and instruments.

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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For more than a decade, Communicare has facilitated multicultural playgroups by providing a welcoming, fun early learning and social environment for children and their families. 

Twice weekly, a Communicare early childhood education and care qualified play leader conducts playgroups at their centres in Bentley and Cannington. 

The multicultural playgroups are a community hub where sessions are complemented by community and agency partner visits to share information with families. 

Perth Airport proudly supports these playgroups, which have supported more than 300 children and their families over the past year.

Communicare

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Organised by the Shire of Mundaring, Trek the Trail is a free, non-competitive walking and cycling event that takes place every September along a section of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail from Darlington to Mundaring.

Participants in the Trek enjoy art, entertainment, local history and activities while on the trail. The wildflowers are in full bloom and there are historical points of interest to also see along the way.

Perth Airport proudly supported the 2016 Trek the Trail as an Event Supporter.

Trek the Trail

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