The B Corp certified tour operator has raised over $100,000 AUD for UNICEF Australia, to help deliver a vaccine campaign against Covid-19 to 20,000 people.
Through its philanthropic arm The Intrepid Foundation, the tour operator has already reached its goal to raise $100,000 AUD for UNICEF’s Vaccinaid: Give The World A Shot appeal. These funds will allow 20,000 people in low-income countries to receive a full vaccination against Covid-19 – and Intrepid Travel has now upped its fundraising goal to $150,000 AUD.
To date, 91% of Intrepid tour leaders across six continents have received one coronavirus vaccine – and 75% have been fully vaccinated.
The company’s additional initiatives to combat Covid-19 include paid vaccination leave for all office-based permanent staff and free transportation to vaccination centres for trekking porters and their families in Peru. Intrepid is also supporting education sessions about infectious disease in Sri Lanka to help ease vaccine hesitancy, leading to a 700% increase in tour leaders there getting a jab.
“While there is encouraging progress being made with vaccination rates, the global pandemic is far from over,” said James Thornton, CEO of Intrepid Travel.
“The entire travel industry must continue to step-up to acknowledge and act on the current inequalities around global access to COVID-19 vaccines. Our customers, people and the communities we visit around the world deserve a safe return to travel.”