IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), partnered with FCDO, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Lord’s Taverners, Football for Peace and the Sarwar Foundation to transport nearly 3,000 cricket kits to Islamabad.
“The company has donated capacity to carry items such as cricket bats and balls, gloves, pads, helmets, other protective equipment and cricket clothing (trousers, shirts, jerseys and hats). This follows the recent flood crisis the country is experiencing not only rebuilding its infrastructure, but also human development,” said a press release from IAG Cargo.
The equipment formed five pallets under the belly hold of British Airways’ Boeing 787, the release said.
“More than 26,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed as a result of flooding, disrupting the education of an estimated 3.5 million children. This cricket equipment will be supplied to schools affected by the floods to support the return to a sense of normalcy and to support children’s development.”
This donation is in addition to IAG Cargo’s shipment of 34 tons of emergency aid to Islamabad in October, including medical equipment, non-perishable food, clothing and tents, the release said.
“We are excited to support donation efforts in response to the humanitarian flood crisis in Pakistan,” said John Cheetham, Chief Commercial Officer at IAG Cargo. “As a freight industry, we have a role to play in delivering a range of essential goods every day, and at IAG Cargo we are proud to use our global network and capacity to help children affected by the floods and some to bring normalcy back into their lives.”
IAG Cargo has supported humanitarian efforts, including 125 tons of aid to Ukraine this year, two shipments of medical aid to India in 2021 during a spike in Covid-19 cases, and 20 tons of aid to Haiti after the 2021 earthquake, the release said. .