On Dec. 26, 2004 — the day after Christmas — a tremendous underwater earthquake off the coast of Indonesia sent tsunamis, or tidal waves, radiating out into the Indian Ocean, sending more than 250,000 people to their death. Waves of 40 feet and more wiped out whole villages. Families were obliterated. And so many children perished.
Two days later, Royal Media Group dedicated itself to doing what it could to secure international relief aid not just for this tragedy, but for disasters to come. With this call, we formed the Royal Media Foundation, and its goal is to be a force for global good.
In 2014, the Royal Media Foundation began dedicating its donation efforts towards AIRLINK, and its giving is tied tightly to activities at Royal Media Group. In so many ways, Royal Media Group is honored that multitudes of wonderful industry professionals dedicate themselves to speaking at the conferences we produce. Therefore, the Royal Media Foundation makes donations to AIRLINK in the name of each member of our event Speaker Faculties.
Airlink is a 24/7 humanitarian response organization that links pre-qualified nonprofits with airlines.
Today, Airlink’s network consists of approximately 20 airlines and 60 nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Airlink’s has worked with its airline partners to respond to a number of rapid-onset disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan, Hurricane Sandy and numerous tornadoes in the US, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the Ebola crisis in West Africa. In addition, Airlink’s airline partners have assisted many organizations in addressing ongoing issues in the developing world, such as access to clean water, food, shelter, medical aid, and education.
Since inception, AIRLINK and its airline partners have transported over 3,500 passengers and nearly 2,000,000 pounds of cargo in support of a broad range of humanitarian missions. AIRLINK estimates the value of these movements at $3.8 million.
Yes, it is wonderful that members of our Speaker Faculties care enough about their industries to share their knowledge, ideas and wisdom with their colleagues. But Speaker Faculty members can take great pride in the charitable element of their efforts, as well. To date, Royal Media Group has made more than 500 charitable donations in the name of members of our Speaker Faculties. And it is only the beginning.
For more information about the Royal Media Foundation, please contact us.