Budapest Airport was preparing to hold its annual Christmas party again this year, but due to the new wave of the pandemic, it was better to postpone it, for the safety of its employees. Part of the money spent on this purpose is thus being used for charity. The airport operator has offered half of the money to the organization called United Way Hungary, who will use it to help children in need and living in difficult circumstances.
The company will spend the other half of the amount originally earmarked for the end-of-year party but now available for charity to purchase tablets for the Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatric and Infant Wards of the largest children’s hospital, Heim Pál and the largest central hospital, the South Pest Central Hospital, where the tablets will provide entertainment, education and parental contact for the children cared for there.
In November this year, the company joined the international Movember campaign, to raise awareness of cancer prevention. The airport reorganized the campaign, which originally focused on men’s health, according to its own rules; it promoted women’s, men’s and children’s health at the same time.
As part of the campaign, Budapest Airport offered free health screenings to its employees. At several times and in more than one location, employees could undergo breast cancer or prostate cancer screenings. 322 of the employees took advantage of the health screening, thereby acting in line with charitable goals for their own health.
With this initiative, Budapest Airport has earned the certification of Institution Supporting Men’s and Women’s Health.
Also as part of the Movember campaign, the airport announced a mustache-growing initiative among its employees. For every BUD mustache grown in November, the company donated 20 000 HUF to the Hope for Children with Leukemia Foundation, supporting the recovery of children with leukemia and tumorous diseases.
67 colleagues participated in the charity moustache-growing, raising a total of 1 340 000 HUF in the campaign, to help the treatment of sick children.
This year, on 24 December, Budapest Airport employees will join forces with volunteers from the Budapest Bike Mafia and the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta. The Budapest Bike Mafia originally helped homeless people living on the streets and in social care by delivering food donations by bicycle. Now, with their support and coordination, 100 meals will be delivered to the Train shelter of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta. The festive menu will include fish soup, sesame-seeded fried catfish fillet with vegetable rice, rolled meatloaf with parsley potatoes, and poppy seed and walnut Christmas rolls.
Budapest Airport is donating 1 720 000 HUF to the organization called Public Foundation for the German Language University of Budapest, which aims to provide scholarships to students as part of the of the “Diversity and digital development” program of the Andrássy Gyula German Language University of Budapest.
Officially known as the Frauenförderprogramm “Diversität und Digitalisierung,” the airport operator supports the university every year, where a special scholarship is provided for selected students and, thanks to the cooperation, they have the opportunity to participate in the life and the work processes of the airport, as interns.