Schiphol passengers donate €156,000 to UNICEF

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol collected more than €156,000 in passenger donations at the airport’s collection points in 2012. The proceeds are designated for UNICEF, a United Nations organisation that works to protect the rights of children.

UNICEF Nederland’s Marketing and Fundraising Director Olivier Smit accepted the cheque for €156,000 from Schiphol Group’s Director for Corporate Development, Peter van Laarhoven. ‘We are immensely grateful to the passengers at Schiphol for this generous gift’, said Smit. ‘These funds will enable us to make a real contribution to improving healthcare for children around the world, thereby ensuring they get a good start in life from infancy.’

Each year, Schiphol donates the proceeds from its collection points to a good cause that is active worldwide and has no political affiliations. The start of 2012 marked the launch of a three-year partnership between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and UNICEF Nederland. In addition to the money collected at the collection points, Schiphol Group employees have set up various initiatives to support the children’s rights organisation.


Active in more than 150 countries and regions, UNICEF works to ensure that all countries worldwide respect and uphold the rights of children. Its aid programmes for the provision of water, healthcare, education, food and protection help to save children’s lives and overcome poverty. Though UNICEF mainly provides structural assistance, it also intervenes on behalf of children in crisis situations. Guided by its mission to ‘Unite for Children’, the organisation partners with private parties, organisations and public bodies.