Saturday,  July 4, 2020  1:12 pm

Flight Centre gives back in Guatemala

Flight Centre gives back in Guatemala
The Flight Centre participants: (from left) Brian Shurman, Lisa Baker, Aaron Bengert, Tammy Asis, Dan Godsell, Pamela Grenier, Lindsay Johnston, Kayla Jacobs, Zale Geller, Megan Marut & Allison Wallace; (kneeling, from left) Ashley Hamer-Jackson, Bobby Danga, Emily Lorimer & Tara Huk.

Flight Centre Canada’s recently completed its third annual charity trip, raising $31,500 for the Project Somos Children’s Village, an eco-sustainable community that focuses on orphan prevention in Guatemala.

Fifteen Flight Centre employees recently returned from a week-long trip to the Central American country, which involved spending time at the village assisting with the completion of the fourth family home.

This year Aeromexico donated the flights to get the team to Guatemala, which had a direct impact on the ability to raise a significant amount in donations.

“We feel especially fortunate to be able to provide this opportunity to our people and absolutely couldn’t do it without the help of our airline sponsors,” said Allison Wallace, spokeswoman for the Flight Centre Travel Group. “This year Aeromexico made it possible for our group to go to a beautiful destination and do some incredibly meaningful work. Every year our people come back from these trips feeling a sense of purpose not only in their roles as travel experts, but also as global citizens.

This year’s Flight Centre Travel Group team was made up of members from the Flight Centre Leisure, FCBT, Corporate Traveller, FCm Travel Solutions and Stage & Screen Travel Services brands from three different provinces, all eager to help raise money for this worthy cause. Each member was responsible for raising a minimum $1,000 in donations to Project Somos.

The Flight Centre Foundation chooses a different destination and different cause each year to help educate its team with respect to responsible travel initiatives whether social, economic, or environmental. Each trip also includes a tourism aspect so that the individuals not only work on a project but also learn about the destination simultaneously.