$30,000 to Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation to educate students about safe travel

Spreading the word: Kate Fitzsimons, who runs a foundation for her late sister, welcomed the financial support of a grant to help her educate students about travel safety. She visited Aquinas College Menai recently. Picture: Jane Dyson
Spreading the word: Kate Fitzsimons, who runs a foundation for her late sister, welcomed the financial support of a grant to help her educate students about travel safety. She visited Aquinas College Menai recently. Picture: Jane Dyson

A CHARITY that educates youth about travel safety has been given a financial boost to continue its worthy cause.

The Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation received $30,000 from Jetstar as part of its Flying Start grant program.

The charity based at Sans Souci was established in 2012 in the memory of a young woman, Nicole Fitzsimons, 24, who died in a motorbike accident in Thailand.

Nicole's younger sister Kate Fitzsimons runs the foundation.

She visits high schools in Australia to educate young people about the importance of travel safety and insurance, with a focus on the dangers of riding motorbikes in foreign countries.

So far she has shared her sister's journey with students at eight schools in St George and Sutherland Shire, and many more across Australia.

She said it was a huge step forward for the organisation to expand its national presence.

"We were so excited to hear we received the grant," she said.

"The funds and travel are just what we need to be able to continue to reach as many young Aussies as possible before they embark on their travel adventures.

"Our mission is not about stopping or discouraging people from travelling.

"Instead, we want to share our story and provide young travellers with the knowledge and tools that will help ensure their safe return to family and friends," she said.

Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive David Hall said he was inspired by the story and vision of the foundation.

"We're incredibly proud to help the Fitzsimons family grow their legacy in memory of Nicole," he said.

"We know young travellers love exploring new destinations and seeking out exciting adventures in other countries.

"The foresight of the foundation in educating school kids before they embark on travel really impressed the judges."

The grant includes $15,000 for travel expenses and $15,000 for a video for schools.

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