Vir­gin Aus­tralia News

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Vir­gin Aus­tralia is a proud sup­porter of a num­ber of com­mu­nity part­ners, who are ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the lives of oth­ers. Men­tal health strug­gles im­pact many Aus­tralians and their fam­i­lies and friends, and we’re part­ner­ing with the Black Dog In­sti­tute and the Gid­get Foun­da­tion to sup­port im­prov­ing men­tal health across the coun­try.

The Black Dog In­sti­tute aims to re­duce men­tal ill­ness and the stigma around it, as well as re­duce sui­cide rates and em­power all Aus­tralians to em­brace men­tally healthy lives. For the past two years, hun­dreds of Vir­gin Aus­tralia team mem­bers have taken part in the an­nual ‘Plane Pull’ event, rais­ing money for the Black Dog In­sti­tute. Teams band to­gether to pull a Boe­ing 737-800 across the tar­mac at our hangar in Bris­bane, rais­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of fund­ing for the Black Dog In­sti­tute’s men­tal health re­search.

The Gid­get Foun­da­tion is our new­est com­mu­nity part­ner and they pro­vide emo­tional well­be­ing sup­port for ex­pec­tant and new par­ents and raise aware­ness of peri­na­tal anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion amongst women. The Gid­get Foun­da­tion also sup­ports women re­turn­ing to the work­force af­ter hav­ing chil­dren, which is also a valu­able tool for our Vir­gin Aus­tralia team mem­bers.

These are just two or­gan­i­sa­tions in Aus­tralia do­ing in­cred­i­ble work to help raise aware­ness of men­tal health and im­prove the well­be­ing of those who are suf­fer­ing in our com­mu­nity.

Thank you for choos­ing to fly with us to­day. We hope to wel­come you on board again soon.

JOHN BORGHETTI, CEO AND MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR, VIR­GIN AUS­TRALIA

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