The Passports with Purpose initiative came to a close in December, and I'm happy to announce Dave Fox, of Seattle, Washington (founder of http://www.traveljournaling.com/) as the winner of the Wanderlust Int'l Subscription (congrats, Dave - this is my all-time favorite travel publication and I know you'll love it!). Dave will also receive a copy of Wanderlust's "Visions of Wanderlust 3".
This year's fundraiser was so successful that the goal was doubled after a few short days to accomodate the huge influx of generous donations. By it's end, $26,000 was raised, and all proceeds will go towards the construction of a school in Cambodia (to be completed in June), with the additional funds providing the kids that attend with a school nurse, clean water, and at least one complete meal a day.
I'm proud to have been involved in this cause and would love to be present at the ribbon cutting ceremony this summer. Since my husband promised me one trip this year without kids... maybe it'll actually happen! For now, thanks again to everyone who contribtuted. If you're one of the people who helped us meet this goal, consider sending a post card with your photo to Passports with Purpose, P.O. Box 16102, Seattle WA 98116. Why? The plan is to bring along pictures from every person who donated, helping the students connect with those involved. Post cards will be laminated so that the students can enjoy them, and may be used in slideshows or videos about the project well.
And if you didn't participate in 2009, consider getting involved this year, either through blogging or donations. Until then, thanks again, and I wish you all the best for 2010!