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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 Virgin Australia receives many requests for assistance. We are committed to our current sponsorships for 2019. If you’d like to be considered for 2020 please see our sponsorship guidelines to submit your proposal.

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Community

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

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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Gidget

Gidget Foundation Australia provides programs to support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents.
Gidget was the nickname of a vibrant young mother who tragically took her own life while suffering postnatal depression. She hid her suffering from even her loving family and friends.  Together, they created Gidget Foundation Australia and determined that what happened to Gidget would not happen to others.

Nearly 1 in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers will experience perinatal depression and anxiety that is often hidden and not fully understood. It impacts around 100,000 Australians each year, which is why the Gidget Foundation is dedicated to supporting these parents when they need it most.

The Gidget Foundation works with Virgin Australia to increase awareness, both internally and externally, about the importance of emotional wellbeing in early parenthood as well as providing counsel on their parental leave policies. Additionally, Virgin Australia generously look after the Foundation’s flights requirements and provide volunteers for their fundraising events.

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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.

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Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

As the naming rights partner of the Supercars Championship, Virgin Australia supports teams and drivers as they fly across Australia and abroad during the Championship season. Supercars is the world’s leading Touring Car category and third highest attended sport in Australia.

 

Arts and Entertainment

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Appetite for Excellence

Virgin Australia proudly supports Appetite for Excellence, Australia’s most prestigious hospitality awards program recognising talented chefs, waiters and restaurateurs judged by the best of the best in the industry. Founded by Luke Mangan OAM and Lucy Allon, the program celebrates Australia’s top young talent and provides them with opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge, mentoring from industry leaders and access to unique experiences and enviable prizes to nurture their success in becoming Australia’s next generation of inspiring hospitality industry leaders.

ACO

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Virgin Australia is proud to be the first ever Principal Partner of the ACO, one of the world’s most distinguished touring ensembles renowned for its inspired programming from classical repertoires, innovative cross-art form projects and commissioning programs. Into its 42nd year in 2017, they will embark on 10 national tours, regional tours and 2 international tours led by Artistic Director, Richard Tognetti. In 2017 we are proud to be the National Tour Partner of the world-premiere of ‘Mountain’, a unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the ACO and BAFTA-nominated Director, Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa). 

For more information visit the Australian Chamber Orchestra Website 

 

Belvoir Street Theatre

Belvoir Street Theatre

In its first year as Official Airline Partner, Virgin Australia is proud to support one of Australia’s most innovative and acclaimed theatre companies. Founded in 1984, under Artistic Director Eamon Flack, Belvoir engages Australia’s most prominent and promising playwrights, directors, actors and designers to produce a season of work that is dynamic, challenging and visionary.
For more information visit

 

 

Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet 

Virgin Australia is proud to be Official Airline and Major Partner of The Queensland Ballet. Queensland Ballet is a vibrant, creative company which connects people and dance across Queensland. It is one of only three full-time professional ballet companies in Australia. Led by Artistic Director, Li Cunxin, the company engages renowned choreographers and designers from around the world and nurtures emerging local talent by presenting new works in an intimate studio series. 

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Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF)

Virgin Australia is delighted to be the principal and naming rights partner of Melbourne Fashion Festival. The festival is an iconic event, which shares our values of innovation, style and our commitment to fostering emerging and established local, Australian talent. The festival runs for the month of March, offering a diverse program of events to celebrate and inspire the fashion industry around Australia, from runways shows to cultural and business seminars. 

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Sydney Dance Company 

Virgin Australia is proud to sponsor the Sydney Dance Company - Australia’s leading contemporary dance company. Employing a full-time ensemble of sixteen dancers from around Australia and overseas, the company is led by Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela. Employing a full-time ensemble of sixteen dancers from around Australia and overseas, the company performs nationally, regionally and internationally.

For more information, please visit Sydney Dance Company.