- First currency collection since relaunch raises fantastic amount for the FlightPath Fund
Glasgow passengers have raised an incredible £6124.47 for the airport’s FlightPath Fund despite the pandemic almost grounding air travel.
The fantastic amount was collected through the six FlightPath Fund collection globes positioned across the airport in which passengers can donate any left-over currency.
All monies raised through the globes make up the £70,000 total made available last month to ensure the FlightPath Fund could resume following its suspension during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The FlightPath Fund supports a diverse range of local groups, charities and organisations across the Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas.
The Fund’s committee is urging neighbouring groups and organisations to submit applications and is also keen to support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in the communities local to the airport.
The total amount collected came from dozens of different global currencies including Croatian Kunas, Turkish Lira, Polish Zloty, Singaporean Dollars, Latvian Lats, South African Rands, Ukrainian Hryvnia and Israeli New Shekel. Currencies new to the collection globes included Malawian Kwacha, Ethiopian Birr, Macau Patacas and Costa Rica Colons.
The top five currencies collected were:
- UK Pound
- The Euro
- US Dollars
- Swiss Francs
- Danish Krone
Outwith the weird and wonderful currencies of the world, the globes also collected donations in pre-Euro currencies including Irish Punts, Portuguese Escudos, Dutch Guilders, Austrian Schillings and German Deutsche Marks.
Archie Hunter, Chair of Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund, said: “The generosity of the passengers who travel through Glasgow Airport plays a central role in the important work of the FlightPath Fund and is so gratefully received, particularly given the challenges we have all faced since last March.
“We’re thrilled to be able to resume our work and this amount will allow the Fund to help serve community groups, clubs and charities that neighbour the airport.
“I’d like to offer my sincere thanks on behalf of the FlightPath Fund committee and indeed the people who will benefit greatly from the donations made via the globes.”
The closing date for applications is Friday 29 October. The FlightPath Fund’s committee, which includes elected representatives from each of the four local authority areas, will meet on Thursday 11 November during COP26 to consider all applications made and to allocate any agreed financial support.
To find out more about applying for funding support, visit: www.glasgowairport.com/community and download the application form and our funding guidelines.