Air New Zealand says its Airpoints members have donated nearly 250,000 Airpoints Dollars to charity through the airline’s Carepoints programme.

The carrier’s Carepoints programme allows passengers to gift their Airpoints Dollars to charities in New Zealand.

The programme allowed the airline and its Airpoints members to donate their Airpoints Dollars to any or all of three charities: KidsCan, Women’s Refuge and New Zealand Red Cross.

Air New Zealand General Manager Loyalty Kate O’Brien says Airpoints members have donated more than 89,000 Airpoints Dollars to KidsCan, more than 59,000 to New Zealand Red Cross and 100,000 to Women’s Refuge.

“We’ve been blown away by the generosity of our Airpoints members. The average donation was 81 Airpoints Dollars per person, and we’ve had several individual donations of more than 2,000 Airpoints Dollars, which is incredibly kind,” said O’Brien.

Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury says they’re delighted and grateful to have received 100,000 Airpoints Dollars, which will be used to support women and children experiencing family violence.

“We’re thrilled to have been selected as a Carepoints charity partner and to have received 100,000 Airpoints Dollars as part of the programme. Generous donations from a number of Kiwis will make a really huge difference by helping to put food on the table for New Zealanders who really need it,” said Ang.