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Balance 2015 ENG

100 // Corporate Citizenship Swiss For many years, Swiss has maintained close ties with the aid organization SOS Children’s Villages. For example, the child welfare agency receives the “small change” in various currencies that the air- line collects from passengers on board its flights and at a number of coin collection points. During the reporting year, a total of 185,000 Swiss Francs were collected in this way. Beyond that, Swiss supports the efforts of SOS Children’s Villages with communications campaigns and transportation services. Also the Swiss Children’s Foundation, set up by staff and managed by volunteers, can rely on finan- cial, logistical and infrastructural support from the Lufthansa subsidiary. Moreover, Swiss employees can choose to have a voluntary donation to the Swiss Children’s Foundation deducted from their salaries. The foundation uses these donations to finance the livelihoods of families in the SOS Children’s Villages it supports around the world. Brussels Airlines After 2011 and 2014 (see page 109, Balance 2014), employees of the Lufthansa Group airline Brussels Airlines will once again participate in “Bike for Africa” in 2016. This mountain-bike event is an initiative of Brussels Airlines’, which supports the social involvement of its employees. The route planned for next year covers 460 kilometers across Senegal and Gambia in West Africa. Revenues from the five-day cycling tour will benefit humanitarian projects. Austrian Airlines The Austrian Group airline assumes it re- sponsibility for social issues and supports globally relevant charities, social organi- zations, institutions and projects. This also includes the Life Ball. It is one of the largest AIDS charity events worldwide and takes place every year at Vienna’s city hall. Its goal is to help people with the immune deficiency disease in unconventional ways and to remove the taboos surrounding HIV/ AIDS. To mark the occasion of the Life Ball 2014, Austrian Airlines branded a Boeing 777, which has been flying around the globe in this special livery since April 1, 2014. In 2015, the Life Ball took place on May 16. Swiss and SOS Children’s Village together champion conditions that will allow children to take their lives into their own hands later on.