On December 14, Chukka tour guides once again visited five rural communities to spread some Christmas cheer. Over a decade ago, several local tour guides began raising funds to purchase toys for children in Belize at Christmas. Four years ago, the guides who provide tour guiding services for Chukka tours, approached Chukka with the initiative and ever since it has been a proud annual tradition at the company.
From September of each year, the guides contribute a portion of the tips they receive to the annual toy drive fund. At the end of November, the company and staff matches the contributions raised by the guides. It is a voluntary effort for all who participate. Premier Charters, the company’s bus transportation provider, also contributes with the use of a bus and driver.
This year, the initiative raised a total of BZ$2000. In addition to this, staff also provides in kind donations such as canned goods. The 2013 Toy Drive destinations were the five northern rural communities of Belize; Santa Martha, San Lazaro, Trinidad, August Pine Ridge and San Felipe villages. Each year, a different part of the country is selected by the tour guides.
Over ten guides supported by Chukka’s Pier Manager, Reuel Rivers and members of Chukka’s pier dispatch team were on hand. “This is a great initiative of the tour guides and the Chukka management team is proud to assist and facilitate this event each year. We look forward to increasing participation each year and take this opportunity to thank all guides, staff and suppliers who assisted with this year’s annual Toy Drive”, comments Reuel Rivers.