Intrepid Travel is giving away five trips on its 10-day Vietnam Express Southbound itinerary valued at $1,468 to top fundraisers in their annual charity event, the Blue Dragon Marathon Walk.
Taking place on Sept. 10, the marathon walk raises funds for Vietnam’s Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, a not-for-profit providing rescue care, shelter, legal advocacy and long-term support to victims of human trafficking.
The Marathon Walk is the Intrepid Foundation’s flagship fundraising event, bringing together over 300 people across 15+ countries annually. Participants can sign up to walk as an individual or as part of a team.
For the first time, this year the top two individual fundraisers and top three team fundraisers will win a ticket on the bestselling itinerary.
Rallying industry friends and colleagues to get moving for a good cause, Intrepid Chair Darrell Wade said: “Raising just $250 can keep a child at risk in school for one year. $350 can reunite a trafficked victim with their family and provide them with emergency support to start over.”
“By fundraising or sponsoring the Blue Dragon Marathon Walk, you can easily yet dramatically change the lives of children and families in need.
Vietnam is a key market for the operator, carrying close to 4,000 customers in 2022.
“A hugely popular international destination for Intrepid and the industry at large, Vietnamese communities have always welcomed us with open hearts and generous hospitality,” Intrepid Foundation General Manager Biheng Zhang said. “Participating in or sponsoring the marathon walk is our chance as an industry and as travellers to give back.”
Now in its sixth year, Intrepid has set an ambitious $250,000 fundraising target.
The company is inviting industry to gather their teams, sign up for a mini (10km), half (21km) or full (42km) marathon on the fundraising page, and join them on the pavement to empower young people in Vietnam. One hundred percent of donations will go directly to Blue Dragon.
Register for the Blue Dragon North America walk here. Full terms and conditions are available here.