March 15, 2006 - Ladies and gentlemen, step right up to an extraordinary evening of free-flying, fire-tossing entertainment. The Planeterra Foundation, G Adventures’ non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its kick off fundraiser for 2006, Ignite the Night.
Ignite the Night will be held on May 4, 2006, featuring performers from the unique Zero Gravity Circus, including the master artistry of fire spinners, the elegance of silk aerial acrobats, contortionists who twist into impossible poses, and blacklite breakdancers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a sensational 10-item silent auction, which includes an exciting 8-day Costa Rica Adventure from G Adventures, professional chef services, a membership from Diesel Fitness, a digital camera from Fuji Film, a personal training package from Tranz4m, Platinum seats to an event at the Air Canada Centre and much more.
“Our goal for Planeterra this year is to raise $250,000 to fund several community projects around the world, says Bruce Poon Tip, CEO. "G Adventures will also match all donations and cover administration costs so that 100% of the proceeds can go directly towards our Planeterra projects. With Ignite the Night, the money raised will specifically go towards purchasing land and building a permanent home for Inti Runakunaq Wasin, a drop in centre for street children that we support in Cuzco, Peru. The current facility is very small and there is a long waiting list of kids who want to get in, so we need to build a permanent home for them.”
Date: May 4, 2006 at 8pm
Location: Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto
Tickets: Only $25 and can be purchased online at http://www.planeterra.org/support.php, or in person at the G Adventures Concept Store at 346A Bloor St West (at Spadina). Ages 19+.
Facts about Inti Runakunaq Wasin street home for children
-Planeterra works with Inti Runakunaq Wasin (IRW), meaning "house of the people of the sun", a local Peruvian non-profit organization that acts as a safe haven for children in need.
-IRW currently rents a small apartment space and is operated by a group of social workers, teachers and other professionals who volunteer their time to provide support programs for children and their families.
-Children can voluntarily drop-in and participate in a variety of classes and workshops that teach them valuable skills including reading, writing, carpentry, handicrafts, shoe repair, cooking, music and English.
-Our goal for IRW is to raise $100,000 USD to facilitate the purchase of land in Cuzco in order to construct a bigger home which will offer support programs to 100 children and their families.
About Planeterra Foundation
Through G Adventures commitment to responsible tourism, G Adventures developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures pays all administration fees and has committed to matching all donations dollar-for-dollar which means that 100% of all donations go directly to the projects Planeterra supports. For more information, please visit www.planeterra.org.
About G Adventures
G Adventures is Canada’s largest adventure travel company and a world leader in the adventure industry. We offer unique small group adventures, safaris and expeditions on all seven continents with a focus on culture, nature and active travel to more than 40,000 travellers annually. Our unique and varied styles of award-winning trips are ideal for people with a sense of adventure - who want to travel off the beaten path, immerse themselves in the local culture and environment and experience the real world in a sustainable manner. G Adventures is also the proud owner of the legendary polar expedition ship the M/S Explorer. For more information, please visit www.gadventures.com.
Kira Zack, G Adventures Communications and Marketing
Phone: 416 260 0999 ext. 156
Elinor Schwob, Planeterra Foundation
416 260 0999 ext. 113