EMPLOYEES AT KLM AIR COMPANY ESTABLISH A PROJECT TO HELP THE CITIZENS OF THE NETHERLANDS
At a time when the sky is empty, the aviation world is almost frozen and most of the airports are closed, and a few employees at KLM have come up with the idea of offering their time, knowledge and enthusiasm as a helping hand to their people.
Five KLM pilots and one clerk have launched the Blauw Helpt project, which aims to help citizens of the Netherlands. In less than a month, more than 1000 KLM employees joined the project: pilots, engineers, cabin crew members, and ground crew members.
“The Blue Aid project was launched in March. As we flew less and less each day, we decided to do something useful. Blue Assistance is a private initiative of KLM employees, not an official project of this airline. As you may have heard, the Dutch government has made a decision to help KLM and this is one of our ways of thanking the state, “said one of the founders of Blue Assistance.
Six founders are currently managing this project and their biggest reward is the support of a large number of people who want to help. Through Blue Help, no funds are raised, but 1,600 volunteers invest their time and enthusiasm to help others. The first requests for help came from older people who found it difficult to cope with new restrictions or who were afraid to go outside. Later, activities expanded to help students do their homework, walk dogs, do small tech jobs, and at Utrecht High School’s request, as many as 25 volunteers helped students with an online weekly program!
The first major task was performed by Blue Help in collaboration with KLM’s catering service. As this department had a lot of food that would have expired due to the suspension, 20 volunteers from Blue Assistance packed over 6000 food packages and delivered them to police stations, firefighters and ambulance workers in the Amsterdam area in less than 24 hours. Rotterdam and Utrecht.
In addition to this action, volunteers from KLM help produce protective clothing and equipment for medical staff and cook for an organization that helps the homeless. In the Blue Aid bakery, 30 aviators prepared and baked cakes for all those who work overtime and under great pressure in a pandemic situation.
“Running Blue Help has become almost a full-time job for the six of us, but we all enjoy it. This unexpected positive experience has made us forget about the difficult times we are living and the situation we are struggling with, ”concluded one of the founders of Blue Help.
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