Airbiz Lends a Hand

In celebration of a very successful year, the Airbiz teams in Australia, Canada and New Zealand participated in the annual Airbiz End of Year Workshop. Each country was treated to an assortment of fun activities, including feeding time at the zoo in Melbourne, curling in Vancouver and an unsuccessful fishing charter in Auckland.

Each team also spent a day giving back to their community; an essential element and highlight of every workshop held by Airbiz. The Australianteam travelled an hour out of Melbourne to Kilmore, where the Children First Foundation Rehabilitation Farm is located. Founded by Moira Kelly, the Children First Foundation bring children from developing nations to Australia for life-changing, sometimes life-saving surgery. The Rehabilitation Farm is used by the children and their families to recuperate after surgery, and has several live in staff as well as fantastic amenities for children of all ages. The Airbiz team completed a number of tasks, including painting, gardening, building and the cleaning of 10,000 coloured balls from a playground ball pit.

Over in Canada, the team participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The clean-up was first organised over 20 years ago by a group of staff and volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium, and has since grown in to a national program that is recognised as one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. Eleven Airbiz staff and their partners worked tirelessly to collect nearly 40kg ofrubbish from the shoreline of Iona Beach Regional Park, contributing to over 130,000kg of rubbish collected nationwide. Some interesting items included a number of shot gun shells, a small treasure chest and a coat hanger.

The New Zealand team caught the ferry from Auckland to the beautiful island of Motutapu. The island is currently undergoing a large scale ecological restoration, the largest of its kind in New Zealand. Together with members of the Motutapu Restoration Trust, the Airbiz team and their partners tackled an infestation of gorse; a weed like plant that has become somewhat of a pest on the island. The Motutapu Restoration Trust were delighted with the progress made, and the team enjoyed exploring the island as they worked.

All of the staff were incredibly proud of the assistance they provided to these three very deserving organisations, and look forward to the next Airbiz Workshop in June.