With a worldwide shortage of toilet paper caused by mass hoarding in many nations, Virgin Australia has embarked upon a new humanitarian mission.
Instead of its usual April Fool’s Day jokes, Virgin Australia is donating toilet tissue to vulnerable communities in Australia. That’s it. No joke. Virgin has grounded 125 aircraft and apparently has a healthy supply of toilet paper in its warehouses.
As Sarah Adam, Virgin Australia’s General Manager of Product and Customer, explained:
“We are known for pranking travellers each year with April Fool’s Day announcements, but we’ve decided that this year, we’ve all been punked enough by 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to temporarily reduce our flying schedule and ground 125 aircraft, which means there is a lot of toilet paper not being used, and we want to ease some of the stress that so many Australians are currently facing.
“Each year our passengers use enough toilet paper to stretch from Sydney to Los Angeles, so we’re thrilled that in true Virgin spirit, we’re going to help the elderly, the vulnerable, medical staff, and our charity partners, by giving them the supply of toilet paper that’s currently locked-up in our grounded aircraft and storage facilities throughout Australia.
“On a day where the world usually anticipates what April Fool’s tricks brands might play, we couldn’t be happier to not be punking anyone today and spreading some toilet paper goodness to those who need it most.”
Even better news? Kleenex is matching Virgin’s donations.
Despite the video above, Virgin Australia won’t be doing the deliveries. Instead, it will work with the Salvation Army to get toilet paper out to those most in need.
I’ve never been one for April Fool’s jokes and they seem particularly out of place this year. Thus, I’m proud of Virgin Australia for rising above it and doing something quite constructive. Hopefully, however, people will stop hoarding toilet paper…this should not be an issue in the first place.
(H/T: One Mile at a Time)