A Canadian journey to bring music to Ecuador

15 May 2006

May 15, 2007 - Six legs, two hearts and one long journey aim to fund a performing arts program for children in Quito, Ecuador. From June to August, musician Ellen Carol and her dog Sammy Sugar will cycle and sing their way from Toronto to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in support of the Salesiano Street Children Project, a program of Planeterra – The G Adventures Foundation. To kick off this adventure, a daylong festival will be held on May 26, 2007 at the Tranzac Club in Toronto.

“I am one person, but I think if everybody who is one person does something, it inspires other people to do something as well”, said Ellen Carol.

Ellen hopes to inspire enough people to raise $6,000 for Planeterra – The G Adventures Foundation. If she reaches her goal, the Quito music program, which provides street children with instruction, support and means to earn a living, will be fully funded for one year.

The festival will host 14 musical groups on three stages with a variety of workshops, auctions and activities throughout the day. Tickets are $20. For more information, please visit www.planeterra.org.

The two will be leaving Toronto on June 29. Ellen will be cycling between 30 and 70km a day with Sammy splitting her time running beside the bike and being pulled in a bike trailer. Along the way, they will be holding other fundraising events. The tour will end when they arrive in Charlottetown, PEI on Aug. 11.

“This fundraiser is really amazing!” said Elinor Schwob, fundraising coordinator, Planeterra. “It’s somebody who is a music instructor giving back to children in another country so that they can enjoy music as well.”

About the Salesiano Street Children Project
This project supports 50 children who live and/or work on the streets of Quito by providing them with a safe environment where they can enjoy a warm meal, receive educational and psychological support and participate in music and cultural workshops. This program enables street children to earn money by performing at various festivals in and around Quito. Funds raised provide wages for an instructor, uniforms, sound equipment and musical instruments.

About Planeterra – The G Adventures 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 matches all individual 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 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