This is the fourth holiday season the travel blogger community, and our many travel partners, have rallied to help improve the lives of children in developing countries around the world via the Passports with Purpose fund raiser. The program started small with a handful of bloggers raising $7,500 for Heifer International in 2008. In 2009, 90 bloggers raised $30,000 to help build a school in Cambodia. Last year, over 100 bloggers raised about $65,000 to build 25 homes in the small village of Karunganni in South India. This year, the goal is $80,000 to build two libraries in Zambia in partnership with Room to Read.
How It Works
Each participating blogger features a travel-related prize donated by a generous sponsor. This year there are more than 100 prizes available that include a wide range of getaways, lodging options, activity passes, travel gear and more. Visit the donation page and see the full list. Need more details? Just click through the prize link and visit the travel blogger hosting the prizes for all the specifics, then go back to Passports with Purpose to enter for a chance to win your favorites. It’s just $10 per entry, per prize. The odds of winning a specific prize depend on how many $10 donations are made for that specific offering. Spend as much as you like – it all goes to a good cause!
Climb High with Monkey Trunks Extreme!
This is our second year participating in Passports with Purpose and we are thrilled to host a great family oriented prize donated by our sponsor: the Monkey Trunks Extreme high ropes and zipline aerial adventure in Chocorua, NH, Weirs Beach, NH and Saco, Maine. We had the opportunity to spend some time at the flagship Monkey Trunks Extreme location in Chocorua, NH a while back. At the time our princess was 13 years old. She loved the King Kong zone with its multi-level high ropes course, 40-foot drop zone and high power zipline. The 65-foot high Jungle course – think obstacle course in the tree canopy – was a thrill as well. (Note that the Jungle course is only available in Chocorua.) This is definitely a don’t miss activity if you are visiting New Hampshire or Maine with teens and tweens!
Monkey Trunks Extreme has graciously donated at Family Pass for 4 – good at any one of their three locations. The pass is good for as many hours as your family of 4 wants to spend at any one of the Monkey Trunks Extreme locations during a single visit. The Family Pass for 4 is worth $179. If your family enjoys your visit as much as we did, you’ll be talking about it for a long time. See the full review from our Monkey Trunks Extreme visit here.
Monkey Trunks Extreme King Kong Zone
We hope all our readers will support Passports with Purpose by making an entry to win the Monkey Trunks Extreme Family Pass for 4, and many other prizes as well. You’ll have a chance to meet some great new bloggers and visit old friends as you check out all the prizes available.
And Now the Fine Print….
Donations will be only be accepted from November 30th through December 16, 2011. So don’t delay! Visit the Passports with Purpose donation page to make to your donations and record your prize entries. All payments will be processed via Paypal and will be made directly to Room to Read which is a 501(c)3 charity. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Passports with Purpose is all volunteer run so all the funds, minus Paypal fees, will go straight to Room to Read.
Host bloggers will be notified who won their prize by December 23rd . Each individual blogger will then connect the winner with the prize as soon as possible. In our case, we’ll let Monkey Trunks know who won and tell the winner how to make arrangements to use their Family Pass for 4 via email.
We again want to thank Monkey Trunks Extreme for supporting Passports with Purpose and encourage our readers to put them on your must do family travel list. We also want to thank the Passports with Purpose organizing committee: Debbie Dubrow of Delicious Baby and Michelle Duffy of Wandermom, Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View and Beth Whitman of Wanderlust and Lipstick. We’d also like to thank the Passport with Purpose program sponsors: Round the World with Us, Traveller’s Point, and HomeAway.
Photo and logo courtesy Monkey Trunks Extreme