TravelOnly Cares

Check out these great charitable acts from our Travel Experts.
2013 San Diego Susan G Komen 3-Day Event with Urmila SinghTravel Expert Urmila Singh participated in the 2013 San Diego Susan G Komen 3Day Event.  She raised over $2500, and walked 60 miles to find a cure to end Breast Cancer.  The event had 2300 walkers and raised 6.1 million dollars to be donated towards breast cancer research.  Urmila dedicated her personal time and effort, and walked with an injured knee (which occurred a month prior to the event), and completed an amazing journey.  She recounted her experience as being unbelievable and hard to put into words on how “walkers” were encouraged and supported along the route.  The event ended with a touching ceremony with friends, family and breast cancer survivors, with the walkers in white victory shirts. Urmila plans to participate again next year.
Dominican Republic rebuild with Linda and Betty Since 2009, TravelOnly Experts Linda van Barneveld and Betty Wildschut have been volunteering with the Samaritan Foundation in the Dominican Republic. In November 2009, they had 17 people join them in building a Ministry Centre in Cangrejo, outside of Puerto Plata. This Ministry Centre has become not only a place for pastors to hold meetings and midweek conferences, but also is a computer training centre for the adults and children who live around the centre.

 

In January 2012, they travelled with 23 team members and were able to build/pay for two homes for needy families, a generator for a school and supply a village of 200 families with food staples that would feed their families for a week.

 

In January 2014, their team of 26 people will be building two more homes and feeding two more villages. They also will be volunteering in orphanages and schools.

 

All team members are responsible for their own flight and accommodation costs. They fundraise together and individually to raise funds for the homes they build ($4000 US each home) and village feedings (approximately $2000 US per village). Any additional funds raised are used to provide school supplies and lunches for village schools, medical supplies, formula for infants in the hospital and hygiene kits for patients in the hospital.

 

They are thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families in the Dominican Republic and for the sponsors and donors who support them.

Jamie Huot on the 6th for Help A Child Smile On September 15th, 2013, TravelOnly Expert Jamie Huot (right) and lead designer, David Thomson (left) volunteered at the Help A Child Smile golf tournament fundraiser. They assisted with collecting donations with a table setup on the 6th hole.

 

The event concluded with an all-expense paid trip to Disneyworld for a little boy who beat his cancer. Jamie also gave the boy some great Disney toys to take home. The day turned out to be a successful event for a great cause.

 

Help A Child Smile was formed in 1987 to help bring joy to the lives of children with cancer.

 

 

 

Leigh MacKay gives back to the people of Ecuador

Since joining TravelOnly in Dec 2006 and belonging to the Christian Missionary Alliance Churches I have had a desire to go on a Mission Trip and give back to a non-profit organization.

I was able to visit Ecuador in May 2009 to become an Ecuador Specialist and in doing so I was able to see the beautiful country and the hardship of the people. I am not sure how I ended up being selected to go on a mission trip to Quito, Ecuador in Oct 2009 and the only Canadian in the group of 20. We were to meet in Miami to start our journey.

I was able to get donated sports gear, school supplies, some toys and half the value of Spanish speaking Bibles.

We helped out at the City of Quito dump where they have a day care for the workers who only get paid by the weight of recycled material which equals about $60 USD/week for a 12 hour shift. We cleaned the day care, restocked it with the goods we brought down and then went shopping to the local markets and got a $1000 worth of groceries to make baskets for the families in the area.

It was a blessing to me to be able to give back to the people. I went home with a new sense of purpose and desire to give the same opportunity to others in Canada.