Tokyo, 9 July 2015 -Today, ANA named added three social entrepreneurs as new beneficiaries of its Blue Wing: Wings for Change program. The program aims to reward individuals making a positive impact in the international community, by providing a simple way through the Internet and social media for ANA’s passengers to support activities that strike a chord with them.
The three new Changemakers, Al Harris and Mel Young from the U.K. and Jason McLellan from the U.S., join two members from the Blue Wing program in 2014. ANA launched Blue Wing in February 2014 in partnership with Ashoka, the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs.
Changemaker Al Harris founded Blue Ventures, an organization that works to rebuild tropical fisheries while improving quality of life for coastal communities through education and social development. Blue Ventures currently works in the Indian Ocean and Caribbean, through country programs in Madagascar and Belize.
Mel Young has dedicated over two decades to tackling homelessness on a global level. Founder of the Homeless World Cup, Mel uses the uniting power of football as a means to engage and empower homeless people to change their lives - both in the UK and throughout the world.
Jason McLellan founded the International Living Building Institute to promote sustainable building that contributes to community well-being while conserving resources, and produces a net positive effect that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.
All Changemakers will receive financial and air mile donations from ANA passengers who contribute through the Blue Wing scheme. ANA offers three ways for its passengers to support the Changemakers:
Akira Fukabori, in charge of communications for the ANA Blue Wing program, said: “ANA is committed to addressing social issues that affect the international community. As an airline with a global reach, we are in a unique position to support the vital work of individuals like Al, Mel and Jason by connecting our passengers to a diverse range of causes that are helping to change the world. All of the Blue Wing Changemakers have already made a difference in our world, and we look forward to seeing them do even more with support from ANA’s passengers.”
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