“Take only photos, leave only footprints and steal only time.” But what about giving something back? The Intrepid Foundation has now given over AU$3 million to charities and community projects around the world. The majority of this money has been raised by travellers, with Intrepid Travel matching* their donations dollar for dollar. Many of these small, grass-roots charities are visited by Intrepid groups, and for some travellers the experience is such a highlight that they’re keen to find inventive ways to fundraise for the organisations when they get home.
Simon Saunders returned from his trip to China eager to help the Xi’an Huiling school for adults with learning difficulties. The school has no government help and relies on donations to support their students. Simon realised all the CDs he was storing could now be sold, since he had copies on his computer and iPod. With the help of an online store he sold enough to donate AU$270 to his chosen Intrepid Foundation project.
The Intrepid Foundation’s funds distribution this year is so BIG that we are telling you about it over two articles. In 2012 we’re giving away a total of AU$427,333 with thanks to Intrepid travellers and matching donations from Intrepid Travel. Following on from last week’s Asia announcements, here are details of more beneficiary organisations, their fabulous projects and the amounts they will be receiving…
We are thrilled to announce that in a big 10th birthday year for The Intrepid Foundation, we have again broken our records for funds raised. The combined donations from Intrepid travellers and Intrepid Travel, totalling AU$427,333 for the 2011-12 financial year, are being distributed between 47 not-for-profit organisations around the world.
This brings us to topping $3 million raised and distributed globally, since The Intrepid Foundation’s inception in 2002. Thanks to all who have contributed – hundreds of children are being educated, health is being restored, wildlife protected, and many other wonderful outcomes achieved. The list of ways in which we’ve made a difference is long, so we’re pleased to share with you some of the highlights in Asia…
Intrepid’s Responsible Business Assistant, Taz Liffman, is renowned for his laid-back temperament, but when it comes to sustainable travel he’s a man on a mission. We put Taz under the spotlight to find out a little more about his travel passions…
Q: How do you describe your occupation?
A: I’m primarily responsible for reporting and calculating the carbon offsets required for purchase to ensure that Intrepid’s trips are all operating as carbon neutral.
One of the greatest joys of travel is discovering the local food specialties and eating out in different styles. This can be doubly terrific when you know your dining is helping to support and benefit formerly disadvantaged people. Intrepid makes a point of seeking out truly fair trade restaurants and cafes, and in all the following wonderful examples the food and friendly service will not disappoint!
Where’s the best food in Asia? You’d be hard pressed to top the great choices in Cambodia:
“One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.” Wise words from Gilbert K. Chesterton and the sentiment is echoed by Sean Kennaway after his visit to a very special part of Peru…
“I travelled with Intrepid to a small community called Chawaytire in the Sacred Valley, about 2 hours outside of Cuzco. Chawaytire sits at about 3300m (10,830 feet) and has a population of around 600, whose primary source of income comes from selling textiles.
When you travel with Intrepid in Thailand, you will be given a very special cloth bag that is having multiple wonderful impacts, like helping grow forests and benefitting women’s livelihoods! You may well ask “How so?”
Since 2006, Intrepid Thailand travellers each receive a special shoulder bag, emblazoned with the call to action “Say No to Plastic” in Thai and English. The bags are produced by a women’s cooperative, Tae Moh Hai, meaning ‘Our Friends Hands’ in local dialect. The group live in a small village, Baan Sawaii, located in Sri Saket province, in north-eastern Thailand.
We’re delighted that the Shackleton Epic has chosen Fauna & Flora International (FFI) as a conservation partner. FFI protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science that take account of human needs. Older than the original Shackleton expedition, FFI was founded in 1903 and is the world’s longest established international conservation body and is a registered charity.
Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving livelihoods of local people.
Mid last year the Horn of Africa was affected by one of the worst droughts in decades, with an estimated 12.4 million people in urgent need of food. We launched our Intrepid East Africa Drought Appeal through The Intrepid Foundation, and many of you responded to support Plan International’s efforts to ensure emergency food relief and essential items were supplied to devastated communities in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.
So one year on, what has happened in those communities and how are they now?
A big thank you to Intrepid’s passionate group leaders around the world who play a vital role in inspiring travellers to care about and donate to projects supported by The Intrepid Foundation.
One of Intrepid Travel’s longest serving group leaders, Sally Arnold, is passionate about The Intrepid Foundation’s Indonesian project, Bumi Sehat, which has been making huge inroads to address maternal health issues…