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Giving back through climbing

“Trekaroo exists to enable families to inspire
and equip each other to explore the world.”

It’s part of our mission statement. At Trekaroo, we love to travel with our kids, whether it’s the weekend jaunt to the museum, a few hours at a baseball game, or a more extended trip. We also know that travel is a luxury, especially in the midst of a tough economy. Not everyone gets to travel, especially those in under-resourced urban areas.

We believe in giving back. We’re passionate about making a positive impact on communities, both abroad (Check out Kiva!) and in our own backyards (Big City Mountaineers). As individuals and as a small company, we give part of our time and resources to help others.

During Thanksgiving last year we gave away $500 and had our user community vote on whom to give it to. An organization called “Big City Mountaineers” came out on top. If you’ve read my bio, you may have gathered that I love the outdoors and enjoy climbing mountains. Well, I’m super excited to be able to meld that enthusiasm with a worthy cause! Over the last couple of years, I’ve participated in a number of Summit for Someone benefit climbs. The Summit for Someone benefit climb series raises money for Big City Mountaineers. BCM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides outdoor wilderness mentoring programs for at-risk teens. The mission of Big City Mountaineers is “enhancing the lives of under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences.”

In a few weeks, from August 4th-7th, I’ll be climbing Mount Rainier in Washington.

With your help and my summit attempt, the BCM program will reach at-risk teens nationwide (over 2,600 program days last year!). I’m seeking to raise $4000 for the organization. Thank you for considering donating on my behalf. Get out there, do good, and have fun!

Donate online here:
http://www.summitforsomeone.org/main.php?page=4&climber=7034

Many thanks and happy trails!
Brennan

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Travel positively
Trekaroo is passionate about making a positive impact on communities. We believe that in addition to being fun, travel also bridges divides. Our vision is to enable families to see the world in order to instill a greater compassion for those in need.

“Given a chance, a child will bring the confusion of the world to the woods, wash it in the creek, turn it over to see what lives on the unseen side of that confusion.”

– Richard Louv, writing in “Last Child in the Woods”


Big City Mountaineers
http://www.bigcitymountaineers.org/about

About Trekaroo
http://www.trekaroo.com/about

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Kiva Lending Team

Relief for Haiti

Brennan Pang (brennan) is co-founder and COO of Trekaroo – a reviews site dedicated to exploring and traveling with kids.

Travel with kids to: CA |CO | DC | FL | HI | IL |MA | NC | NY | PA | TN | TX | VA | WA

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