I am pleased to announce that LandLopers is once again joining the massive online fundraising effort known as Passports with Purpose. This year the goal is lofty but simple: raise $80,000 to build two libraries to help the children and communities of two villages in southern and eastern Zambia.
Passports with Purpose is a coordinated effort by hundreds of travel bloggers around the world to give back to areas of the world that need it the most. The effort began in 2008 when they raised $7,500 for Heifer International. In 2010 a remarkable $30,000 was raised in order to build a school in Cambodia and last year people from around the world contributed more than $60,000 to build a village in rural India. A VILLAGE.
This year the stakes have been raised and we need your help. The goal is $80,000 to fund two libraries in Zambia. Monies raised will go to Room to Read and will cover the costs of constructing the buildings, all the library resources such as books and educational materials, teacher training and three years of support. After that, the library is handed over to the government school system.
How do they do this? Well, it’s an ingenious fundraising idea actually. Every time a donor (ahem, you) gives $10, they receive one entry in a drawing for their prize of choice. Vacation packages, hotel stays, fun travel gadgets and many other prizes are up for grabs and you choose the prize for which you want to enter.
The prizes for the fundraiser have been graciously donated by a variety of corporate sponsors, without whom the Passports with Purpose fundraiser would not be possible. For the LandLopers contribution, I am thrilled that the fine people over at BedandBreakfast.com have decided to donate a $500 Gift Card for use at participating U.S. and Canadian properties.
I was a reluctant convert to how great a well done bed and breakfast can really be. I think it was fear more than anything that prevented me from staying at one sooner. Fear of the unknown, fear of quality and fear of giant stuffed animals decorating the beds. I allayed these fears while traveling through New Zealand earlier this year.
I was in Christchurch and booked into a bed and breakfast close to the city center for the evening. I was nervous, I just didn’t know what to expect. As I walked through the door all of my preconceived notions vanished as I entered a clean, well designed villa. The reception staff were very friendly, taking me on a tour of the house and all of the amenities available for my use. I was won over almost immediately by the free Diet Coke in the kitchen fridge. When I opened the old door to my room with the antique key I was shocked. The room was modern, spacious and simply gorgeous. Everything was near perfect, from the fancy bathroom to the comfy bed. The innkeeper brought me some hot chocolate as I hunkered in next to a roaring fire and I was as content as I think I have ever been while traveling. That night was not only one of my best experiences in any lodging, it convinced me instantly that a bed and breakfast isn’t just a great option, it’s a fantastic choice for discerning travelers.
That’s why I’m so happy to partner with BedandBreakfast.com, they’re the key to finding these amazing properties.
BedandBreakfast.com is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 11,000 worldwide. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 160,000 consumer reviews. More than 270 inns are part of BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns that offer private bathrooms, 24-hour access to service or staff, free Internet, flexible check-in or guaranteed late arrival, and maintain a 4.0 or higher out of 5.0 consumer review rating on BedandBreakfast.com.
Whether you want a romantic weekend getaway, or a great hotel alternative for your family vacation, winning this $500 BedandBreakfast.com Gift Card will help you get there. Even if you don’t win this amazing prize, you can buy one for yourself or as a gift. The gift cards are available in just any any denomination, can be customized with your photos and never expire, never reduce in value, have no blackout dates, and have no additional fees.
To bid on this prize, or any of the other great prizes, and help build two libraries in Zambia, head over to Passports with Purpose and donate! Hurry though, the fundraiser ends on December 16, 2011.
Prize Terms and Conditions
Prize: One $500 BedandBreakfast.com Getaway Gift Card, welcomed at over 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada.
This prize is subject to availability. Not valid on group reservations, corporate rates, or with third-party coupons or certificates. BedandBreakfast.com, Inc. (“BedandBreakfast.com”) owns and operates the website www.BedandBreakfast.com and does not own or manage any of the individual inns. Gift card must be redeemed within 12 months from the notification date or prize will be forfeited in its entirety and no compensation given. Gift cards are valid only at participating U.S. and Canadian properties. NOT ALL INNS ADVERTISED ON THE BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM WEBSITE PARTICIPATE IN THE GIFT CARD PROGRAM. You are responsible for reviewing the list of participating properties prior to redeeming the card:
http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/GiftCertificateSearch.aspx. The cardholder must provide the certificate number from the back of the card when make a reservation. When redeeming a gift card the winner may be asked to present a photo ID and a valid credit card. The determination of the price of the stay is based on the information provided by the owner or manager of the inn. The winner will be required to abide by the owner or manager’s terms applicable to renters including deposit, minimum stay and cancellation policies. The prize is non-transferable, with no cash redemption or equivalent, and is non-refundable except where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local income taxes, insurance, licensing, registration and title fees connected to the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. BedandBreakfast.com shall only be responsible for awarding the prize as stated in these rules. BedandBreakfast.com expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability for injury or loss to any person or property relating to the delivery and/or subsequent use of the prize awarded. BedandBreakfast.com makes no representation or warranties concerning the prize awarded. BedandBreakfast.com is not responsible for any lost or stolen gift cards. By participating in the Giveaway, including accepting a prize, entrant agrees to release, hold harmless and agrees not to institute any claim against BedandBreakfast.com and its affiliate, parent company, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from or in connection with the prize.