How you can help athletes make it to the Special Olympics

Etihad launches initiative to donate air miles

How you can help athletes make it to the Special Olympics

Got a few air miles going spare? Well, now you can use them to help a worthy cause.

Members of the Etihad Guest loyalty programme are now able to donate their frequent flyer miles to help support athletes with intellectual disabilities attending the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

The airline, which is the official airline partner of the games, is encouraging frequent flyers to part with their miles to help athletes from all over the world fulfil their ambitions of competing on a global stage.

The cost to fund a single athlete’s participation in the World Games is approximately Dhs25,000, with many hopeful participants sadly unable to raise the funds.

As part of the airline’s contribution, for every new Etihad Guest enrollment on between now and Thursday March 21, Etihad Airways will automatically donate 500 miles to Special Olympics on their behalf. An additional 500 miles will be awarded to new members once their first flight with the airline has been taken.

Existing members wishing to contribute can visit to donate miles, to help athletes on and off the field, supporting accommodation, food, transport, special events and dedicated facilities at the World Games.

“Etihad’s valued partnership with Special Olympics World Games is a major element of our extensive global programme of social activities,” says Yasser Al Yousuf, Etihad Airways Vice President Commercial Partnerships.

“We have a responsibility to support those of determination in realising their dreams and their true potential and we are continuously exploring new ways in which to play a more impactful role.

“Many of our guests have also expressed a keen interest in having the opportunity to make a difference. This donation programme will allow them to do just that, and we thank them for their generosity.”

It’s time to dig deep.

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