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Campaign launched to support Thai charities

Intrepid Travel has launched a social media campaign to raise funds for Thai charities adversely impacted by tourists avoiding Thailand because of the unrest in Bangkok. 
Intrepid Travel has posted tweets on its Twitter account (@Intrepid_Travel) and has promised to donate $1 to selected charities for every re-tweet. It is also donating $1 for every person who selects that they 'like' the campaign message Intrepid has posted on its Facebook Wall..
Intrepid Travel supports two Thai charities, the Friends of the Asian Elephant and the Baan Unrak Children's Village, through its not-for-profit foundation, The Intrepid Foundation. It visits these charities on its trips in Thailand, allowing travellers to understand the issues and provide support through donations. Intrepid Travel took over 1000 passengers to both charities last year.
Intrepid Travel matches travellers' donations dollar for dollar, as well as paying all The Foundation's administration costs, meaning that every dollar donated reaches the chosen charity.
"We're concerned that a lack of tourists means that these charities miss out on valuable donations that help them operate on a day-to-day basis," said Eliza Anderson, spokesperson for Intrepid Travel.
"We are praying for a peaceful resolution to the current unrest but in the meantime are asking people to help ensure these charities continue to receive support."
Friends of the Asian Elephant aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants in Thailand. It lobbies the Government to stop illegal logging (that uses elephants), as well as providing free medical care through its elephant hospital.
Bann Unrak Children's Village is an orphanage and community relief centre for destitute women and children. It provides shelter, food, housing, emotional support and educational opportunities to over 140 children.
Donations will be capped at $5000 for each charity.
Media Enquiries: Eliza Anderson, +61 410 535 977.
Friday, May 21, 2010

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