Passports With Purpose

Passports With Purpose 2012 Fund Raiser — Building Wells in Rural Haiti

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Passports With Purpose | 2 comments

Get those virtual $10.00 bills ready! Passports with Purpose annual fundraiser kicks off today. Last year’s donations of $90,000 built two libraries in Zambia. If you have a moment, do take the time to watch this heart warming video, highlighting the opening ceremony of one of the libraries. Make sure you have some kleenex!

This is the third year that Budget Travelers Sandbox has been a part of this awesome fund raiser, and like last year and the year before, BTS has donated an Amazon Kindle. This is not just any Kindle, but the new Kindle Paperwhite. Learn more about it here

Please note: If you live in the U.S., I will personally have your Kindle shipped from Amazon. Any winner outside of the U.S. will receive an Amazon Gift Card in the amount of $119.00US. You can use this to order your Kindle Paperwhite. Any shipping or customs charges are the winner’s responsibility.

All of the prizes are listed on the Passports with Purpose raffle site. Donate $10.00 and you’ll receive a virtual raffle ticket. You can use your ticket to try and win any of the awesome prizes that have been donated.

My reason for choosing this particular prize to donate is very simple. I love reading, and I fell in love with my Kindle the moment I opened the box. Having my traveling library available on this light weight reader has made packing easier and lighter, plus it’s so easy to download new books when I’m on the road. I don’t have to wait for a bookstore to open, or until I reach the next town. Amazon is only a click away. You can also read last year’s post for more reasons why.

Good luck! I hope whoever wins will email me sometime and let me know how much you love your Kindle Paperwhite. Be generous and help families in rural Haiti realize the dream of clean drinking water.

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Passports With Purpose 2011 Fund Raiser– Building Libraries in Zambia

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Passports With Purpose, Uncategorized | 7 comments

Passports With Purpose annual fundraiser kicks off today. The brains and hearts behind this annual event are Seattle area travel bloggers Michelle Duffy, Debbie Dubrow, Pam Mandel and Beth Whitman. Bloggers in the travel community support people and communities in the developing world who need our assistance. Donations, totaling $65,000, raised in last years fundraiser were used to build a village in India. Take a look.

Through this blog, Budget Travelers Sandbox, I am thrilled to be, once again, a sponsor and participant in the 2011 fundraiser. This year Passports with Purpose will build two libraries in Zambia. The goal is to raise $80,000.

Here’s how it works. BTS is  donating Amazon’s best selling Kindle E-Book reader, latest generation with built-in Wi-Fi. All of the prizes are listed over at the Passport With Purpose raffle site. Donate $10.00 and you’ll receive a virtual raffle ticket. You can use your ticket to try and win any of the awesome prizes that have been donated.

You can find out more about the reader over at Amazon. This prize will ship anywhere that Amazon allows. Any customs or duty charges will be the sole responsibility of the winner.

Books have been a huge part of my life both personally and professionally, so donating a Kindle to this cause is a no-brainer for me. I remember as a kid reading Nancy Drew mysteries. The only problem was I would have nightmares about Nancy’s latest adventures, and wake up screaming in the middle of the night. My mother eventually had to ban Ms. Drew from my bedroom. As a teenager I turned to Russian classics like Crime and Punishment and Anna Karina. I wonder how I made my way through them! My first part-time job at university was in a library at Dalhousie University. Housed in an old Victorian House, I’m sure it was the only library in town with a bath tub! I’ve spent my careers surrounded by books, including selling law and tax books to law firms and libraries in Canada, and now teaching English at a university here in Korea.

I can remember how excited I was when the Kindle was first introduced. I wanted one that very day. Sadly, Amazon did not ship internationally, so I had to wait and wait and wait. I can remember the excitement of placing the order and then arrival day. It was love at first sight.

My Kindle has traveled with me to more than a half dozen countries, and is the first thing to go in my bag when I’m packing for a trip. She’s my best pal on those long layovers, including my 32 hour long (torturous) adventure to Nova Scotia this past summer. I owe her my sanity!  She is the perfect companion. I love love love my Kindle!

Good luck, and I hope that whoever wins will email me sometime and let me know how much you love your Kindle. Remember, your generosity will give kids in Zambia the priceless opportunity to discover the magical world of reading.

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