Intrepid Foundation record support

women being helped by COPE in LaosWe 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…

Cambodia
- Starfish Foundation – giving person to person welfare assistance in the Sihanoukville area. AU$8,617
- The Green Gecko Project – supporting disadvantaged kids in the Siem Reap area. AU$39,560
- Ptea Teuk Dong – improving the lives of high risk girls in the Battambang region. AU$9,190
- Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity – wildlife conservation and environmental education activities. AU$6,122

Laos
- Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre – rehabilitating bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and providing conservation education. AU$25,813
- COPE – providing prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation services to people with disabilities, many from landmines. AU$13,954

Thailand
- Friends of the Asian Elephant – caring for the welfare of elephants – many who have been injured through land mines or other forms of human-induced harm. AU$13,163
- Baan Unrak Orphanage – supporting vulnerable children in the Sangklaburi area. AU$5,920

Vietnam
- Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation – supporting vulnerable children in Northern and Central Vietnam. AU$22,942
- Children’s Hope in Action – providing vital health and disability programs in Central Vietnam. AU$13,970
- KOTO Saigon – providing training in life skills and hospitality to former street kids in HCMC. AU$8,355
- Cuc Phuong Conservation Projects – currently supporting the Turtle Conservation Centre activities. AU$4,457

Indonesia
- Bumi Sehat – providing free maternal and infant health services to reduce maternal and child illness and mortality and improve the health of the community. AU$4,623

India
- Deepalaya – providing care and education for working, street and runaway children. AU$18,385
- Asha Ka Jharna – providing special education and services to disabled children and adults in rural areas of Rajasthan. AU$8,451

Nepal
- Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) – supporting the Porters’ Clothing Bank. AU$2,532

China
- Beijing Huiling – offering innovative services to youths and adults with learning disabilities and their families. AU$5,078
- Xi’an Huiling – helping people with learning disabilities enjoy every aspect of their lives with the same rights as others. AU$7,802

For details of ALL funds distributed for 2011-12, please see the beneficiaries on The Intrepid Foundation website.

Photo: © COPE in Laos

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll read about Sue's travel experiences, find helpful travel advice and she loves sharing great tales from Intrepid travellers.

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