Posted: 10/24/19 | October 24th, 2019
A few years ago, I found this charity website called Omaze. They are an awesome online fundraising platform that connects incredible charities, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and people who want to make a difference.
I can’t fully remember how I found them but I do remember the campaign was to have wine with Jennifer Lawrence and support a voting right’s organization.
So I donated in hopes of winning (I did not).
Then I got hooked on donating money to charities in hopes of meeting my favorite celebs. (I did not win that George Clooney one either!) Though I lost, I was happy to know my donation supported worthy organizations.
Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to meet the folks from Omaze and we decided to partner together to raise money for a charity near and dear to my heart: FLYTE.
The Foundation for Learning and Youth Travel Education (FLYTE) was founded in 2015 as our community charity. It raises money for underserved students so they can go on overseas educational trips. We partner with schools in low-income communities that lack the existing resources to provide a global education for their students and fund trips that best align with their curriculum. We want to make sure these trips have an educational and service component to them.
The goal is to show these students the world beyond their bubble. In a world that seems to want to build walls, I wanted to find a way to tear them down. I want students with limited opportunities to know that there is a big world out there and it is full of possibilities and that no dream is too big. I want to show them that the world they see on TV is not the world that exists and that people in foreign countries are just like them.
And I wanted to show them that their education is important!
Since we started, we’ve sent over 70 kids overseas to counties like Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador. That’s 70 people with new passports and a changed view of the world!
Now, I’ve partnered with Omaze to raise money for FLYTE by giving away a trip to Thailand. You’ll be able to win a 10 day trip to Thailand for you and a friend that will include things like:
- 10 days exploring the captivating food and culture of Thailand with stops in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and one of the islands
- A full itinerary of activities like temple visits, cooking classes, food tours, a visit to an elephant sanctuary, snorkeling trips, beach time, and more
- Roundtrip flights, transportation between cities, and accommodation in 4-star hotels
And, to top it all off, you’ll have me as your guide for part of it!
I’ll be there to welcome you to the country, show you around Bangkok, the city I used to call home, and answer all your questions before you continue onward!
Donations start at $10 USD and the contest goes until December 12th.
And, best of all, this trip is open to pretty much everyone in the world. This isn’t just for U.S. or Canada folks. There’s a bunch of legal stuff on Omaze’s website to read but if you are 18 and older and aren’t a residents of Belgium, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Italy, North Korea, Singapore, Sudan, Syria or Thailand, you’re eligible to win (see their site for all the legal stuff). (When they told me it was open to so many people, I was thrilled!)
So enter here for a chance to win a trip to Thailand, come hang out with me, and help support an organization that is working to send underserved kids on overseas trips that helps broaden their horizon and makes them better global citizens.
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