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How travellers can fit a bit of philanthropy into their luggage

A simple way to deliver essential supplies to local charities

How travellers can fit a bit of philanthropy into their luggage

May 26 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

Travel is the spur for many a philanthropic endeavour, but the act of packing itself inspires Pack For A Purpose founder Rebecca Rothney. Her online non-profit links travellers with community-based charities near their holiday destination that could benefit from an easily packed 2.25kg donation of medical, school or sports equipment, ranging in price from £5 to £500. The site has partnered with more than 120 luxury hotels, eco-resorts, lodges and cruises worldwide, meaning that travellers can just drop off supplies at the front desk.

Rothney checks in with each charity every couple of months to establish its needs, so the website can provide up-to-date advice on what to pack. “Taking the correct supplies requires a great deal of time and close logistical co-operation”, she says. “Many projects in remote locations lack basic supplies, such as pencils or bandages, and Pack For A Purpose is a simpler and more direct way for travellers to make a difference.”