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Our sponsorships

Virgin Australia Sponsorship 

Sponsorship plays a valuable role in the promotion of Virgin Australia and support for the communities in which our airlines operate.

Each year VA receives many requests for assistance and we regret at this time, we are not in a position to consider any new sponsorship proposals, however we continue to support our community and sponsorship partners.

Community

The Virgin Australia group of airlines has an established program of community and philanthropic partnerships, with a specific focus on indigenous Australians, youth at risk, mental health and sustainability. Virgin Australia team members are actively involved in these partnership, which include:

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Salvation Army Emergency Services

When it comes to communities in crisis, Virgin Australia’s role is to assist in transporting people safely out of harm’s way, assisting with aid and aid workers to the areas as needed and raising awareness and fundraising by utilising its resources where possible. The Salvation Army Emergency Services is our local crisis partner. At times of crisis The Salvation Army believes that no one should have to ‘go it’ alone. When a disaster strikes, anywhere in Australia, they are ready to meet people at their point of need. Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams provide emergency catering services and are among the first relief teams to arrive on the ground after a disaster.

Together we aim to help Australians in times of need including, but not limited to, natural and weather disasters such as drought, severe storms, floods, bushfires cyclones etc. Virgin Australia supports The Salvation Army through flights, awareness and fundraising. 

 
Starlight Foundation

Starlight Foundation

The Starlight Children’s Foundation helps brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families across the country. Virgin Australia is the official Wish Granting partner, and in 2016 supported 238 Starlight children Wishes that involved travel, plus transported Starlight team members around the country supporting local fundraising initiatives. A Starlight Wish is a positive distraction from the pain and fear surrounding hospital visits and illness, and involves the entire family creating memories of fun and excitement.

Recently Virgin Australia helped Starlight to grant its 9,000th Starlight Wish. By the end of 2017, at least half of all Starlight Wishes granted will involve travel with Virgin Australia.

 
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RUOK?

R U OK?'s vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide.

Their aim is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life, by enabling and strengthening informal community care. And it can all start by simply asking R U OK?.  If your gut instinct is saying a loved one might not be doing so well, perhaps they're just not themselves or you've noticed a change in their behaviour, you can make a difference by caring to ask "are you ok?" and listening either way.

In 2018, Virgin Australia partnered with R U OK? to help support their Conversation Convoy, which travelled around Australia for six weeks to remind all Australians that everyday is R U OK?Day.      

If you want to know more about starting a conversation that could change a life, visit their website.

Black Dog Institute

Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness and have a mission to enable mentally healthier lives for Australians through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation.

Virgin Australia is a long-term supporter and partner of the Black Dog Institute, working to raise awareness of mental health and help reduce the impact of mental illness and the stigma attached to it. In a bid to achieve this joint goal, the Black Dog Institute delivers mental health workshops to Virgin Australia team members around Australia and Virgin Australia actively participates in events to raise funds and awareness about mental health for the Black Dog Institute.

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Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is a whole lot more than Australia’s #1 mindfulness app.  They’re the not-for-profit that is helping make future generations happier and healthier through the practice of mindfulness meditation. In fact, they’re aiming to reach 5 million young people by 2021 with various tools and resources, including their free app.

Half of all mental illness has its onset by the age of 12. Furthermore, 1 in 7 Australian primary and 1 in 4 secondary students suffer from a mental illness every year. For this reason, their evidence based, award winning school program aims to reverse these trends. Combining mindfulness training, resources and teaching tools to make mindfulness a seamless inclusion in any classroom.

You can find Smiling Mind’s meditations for adults and kids in the Inflight Entertainment on any Virgin Australia flight.

Care Australia

CARE Australia

CARE is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

In March 2015, CARE Australia and Virgin Australia announced a partnership to support CARE’s work with thousands of poor communities in the Asia-Pacific region. Virgin Australia’s support includes providing flights for CARE aid workers to reach poor communities, particularly those affected by emergencies.

A key area of focus for the partnership is to create better opportunities and raise much needed funds for women and girls in the Asia Pacific region. Over the last two years, Virgin Australia has taken part in a number of CARE Australia’s fundraising initiatives including the Walk in Her Shoes challenge that aims to provide women and girls with safe water closer to home to allow girls to spend less time walking and more time at school.

Greening Australia

Greening Australia

In 2016, Greening Australia and Virgin Australia joined forces to launch Reef Aid, a powerful initiative to reduce soil erosion and help restore water quality on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Virgin Group founder and passionate environmentalist, Sir Richard Branson, joined the Chairman of Greening Australia, Gordon Davis, to launch the partnership and call on all Australians to get behind Reef Aid and help save one of Australia’s most precious icons.

Virgin Australia continues to support awareness and fundraising for Reef Aid by providing flights for scientists, field experts and volunteers working on Reef Aid, providing ongoing coverage on Virgin Australia’s platforms and offering hands on support from Virgin Australia team members as part of the Coastal Wetland team volunteering group.

OzHarvest

OzHarvest

OzHarvest is the leading food rescue organisation in Australia, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it direct to more than 1000 charities who support people in need across Australia. With operations in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and in regional communities across the country, since 2004 OzHarvest has delivered over 65 million meals and saved more than 22,000 tonnes of food from ending up in landfill.

Virgin Australia works with OzHarvest in eight major ports across Australia to donate over 7,000 kilos of surplus food from Virgin Australia planes per month. These donations have resulted in excess of 110,000 kilos of food for OzHarvest, providing over 330,000 meals for people in need across Australia.

 

Sport

Australian Football League

Australian Football League

Virgin Australia is proud to be a Major Partner and the Official Airline of the Australian Football League (AFL), supporting all AFL team flight requirements across Australia and abroad since 2011. In 2019 this partnership extended to include the Women’s competition (AFLW). The AFL continues to be one of the most popular sporting competitions in Australia, drawing its strength from more than 1,000,000 Australian members of AFL clubs each year.

The Gold Coast SUNS

The Gold Coast SUNS

As the club's Official Airline and Sponsor, Virgin Australia takes great pride in supporting the Gold Coast SUNS – from match day presence at their home ground Metricon Stadium, to support in the air, servicing all flight requirements and team travel logistics.

 

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GWS Giants

Virgin Australia is proud to be a major partner of the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS – the AFL’s newest club. The GWS Giants were founded in 2009 and competed in their first AFL Premiership Season in 2012. The GIANTS have quickly formed a talented playing list and a passionate supporter base across Western Sydney and Canberra.

 

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Carlton Football Club

Virgin Australia is proud to be the official airline sponsor of the Carlton Football Club, which boasts one of the most extensive business networks in Australian sport. In support of Carlton’s commitment to enhancing the match-day experience, Virgin Australia supports game-day activations during selected home games.