In August last year, TravelManagers wrapped up their annual conference by announcing a new, long-term charity partnership with Singapore-based global charity, Buy1GIVE1 (B1G1).
TravelManagers made an initial donation of $5,000 to provide support for six different projects: an Aboriginal project for children, a project for Cambodian children, a shelter project in South Africa, a tree planting project in Sumatra for endangered orangutans, a project to support woman in Bangladesh to start small businesses and a project to provide fresh water for Ethiopian villages.
PTM Sue Kuti (centre) with her small group tour at the Serengeti National Park in East Africa.
TravelManagers has encouraged its personal travel managers (PTMs) in becoming involved in giving to B1G1 on a personal level. Sue Kuti, representative for Randwick in NSW, is one PTM who has taken this initiative seriously.
“When I was in Eastern Africa, the group I was travelling with really wanted to support the local school that we visited and some of my clients even gave up their hot air balloon trip to donate to this cause. But after much research, I didn’t feel comfortable with handing over more money to someone I knew very little about. What I like about B1G1 is that they have scrutinised the projects that they support, and I can choose whichever project I want to support.”
Kuti has been organising and running personally-guided small group tours for ten years, and many of her clients are keen photographers. A few years ago, she held a photo competition which proved highly popular, with many clients asking for a repeat. She was happy to oblige, but this time she made the event a fundraising evening for B1G1.
“I invited clients to submit their favourite travel photos for the competition and charged them an entry fee. I then created a shortlist of fifteen photos from which my clients selected the winners. We awarded prizes for Best Photo and People’s Award, and I also gave away random door prizes.”
TravelManagers’ Sue Kuti raised almost $1000 for charity at her recent photo evening.
During the evening, Kuti also ran a guessing competition where she exhibited ten of her own travel photos and charged clients an entry fee to guess the locations. The client with the most correct answers won a prize.
As well as the photo competitions, Kuti handed out envelopes inviting clients to make a contributions either in cash or by credit card and was amazed at the response. The evening was such a success, raising just under $1000 for B1G1 that she has resolved to make it a biennial event.
TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, believes businesses like Kuti’s are the perfect fit for B1G1 and says there is a huge level of excitement within the company about this recently-created partnership.
“We want to be able to give to B1G1 projects every day, not just once a year. TravelManagers’ culture is all about family and mutual support so the ability to support B1G1 by providing day-to-day backing to people in need really resonates with us.”
For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.