Win a Scottevest Men’s or Women’s Travel Vest & help build 3 schools in Mali with Passports with Purpose

This year again I’m happy to announce I’m participating in the travel blogger’s fundraiser, Passports with Purpose.

Each year the Passports With Purpose founders select a charity based on several criteria along with our sense of what would inspire us and the Travel Bloggers community.

Here’s how it works –  The 2013 online fundraising event will run from November 25, 2013 at 11:59pm EST and end on December 9, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. During that time you will be able to donate $10 on the catalog of prizes. Donating more lets you choose more prizes or increase your odds of winning the exact prize you want. At the end of the fundraiser Passports with Purpose will randomly choose the winners. Over the past five years, this amazing organization has raised $100,000 to fund projects including Heifer International, build a School in Cambodia, and in 2012, Passports with Purpose raised over USD $110,000 for Water.org through the collaborative efforts of more than 200 travel bloggers and 1,242 individual donors who bid on one or more of the 143 prizes . To me, the fact that each year the donations get larger and larger mean more people are reaching out to help as our travel blogging community grows, and nothing puts a smile on my face like knowing that together we are making a difference in someone’s lives. 

This year I have a fabulous prize to giveaway that is really cool- a Scottevest Men’s or Women’s Travel Vest!

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About Scottevest Travel Vest:

Mix it up! Take your traditional travel vest, add style, add stealth, and of course, add pockets!

And we know you can’t add just any ol’ pockets – they’ve got to be smarter. We’ve eliminated the traditional, clunky exterior pockets that reveal you’re carrying valuables; now you can carry everything you need – and only you will know what that is.Plus, even though it’s loaded with extras, it’s super comfortable. Just ask our fans; our streamlined Travel Vest is the most comfortable and functional travel vest on the market.With 24 hidden pockets and compartments, it remains incredibly lightweight. You’ll never believe all of the gear you’re carrying since our Weight Management System™ balances the load and our NoBulge™ Pockets keep that streamlined look.Airport security becomes a breeze: just take off the vest and send it through the x-ray with all your gear safely stored inside.This vest holds so much, you’ll feel like you got an exception to the one carry-on rule. The lightweight, breathable brushed cotton material is thin enough to control your iPod® right through the fabric.Teflon® treatment repels water and stains. You’ll love it so much, you’ll wear it everyday!

Lightweight poly with mesh interior. Machine Washable.

24 super functional pockets for ease and stealth
Lightweight and breathable with mesh lining
Wrinkle, water and stain resistance to keep you looking presentable on your adventures!
Includes patented Personal Area Network (PAN)
Clear touch fabric interior pockets, weight management system and NoBulge™ pocket design
The ultimate in travel clothing: Why pay for a carry-on when you can easily wear everything you need?
Breeze through airport security – just slip it in the bin
Sizes Medium and up can hold iPad® in PadPocket™
Rock this vest in Navy, Black or Khaki
Machine Washable (see clear touch fabric care instructions)
Photographers love this vest…whether you’re an up-and-comer or a seasoned pro, you should check it out.

 The prize:
 
1 Men or Women’s Scottevest in Black lava, Navy and Khaki
Value: $125
 
This would be a great addition to any travelers gear or anyone who travels frequently.
 
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This year the goal of Passports with Purpose is  to raise $115,000 to construct three primary schools and fund three Adult Literacy Programs in the Sikasso Region of Mali, Africa, with the help of buildOn.
 
About BuildOn:
For more than two decades buildOn has mobilized rural villages in some of the poorest countries on the planet to build more than 500 schools. buildOn constructs schools in Mali, Malawi, Senegal, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Nepal where school construction and educating children are vital components to long-term economic growth and sustainability. Research shows there would be a 12% drop in global poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills.
 
My favorite thing to do while growing up was read and to this date I am still a bookworm. Children should all have the ability to learn to read as it helps with their imaginations and is just the most basic of needs. I am sure we can help out so that buildOn and Passports with Purpose can help build these schools and also fund the Literacy Programs. 
 
Now that you have all the details, head on over and donate to win this awesome prize! While you’re at it, you can donate to win any number of prizes available, so don’t delay as the deadline is December 9th, 2013. With your help we will make this year the best yet! 
 
This is such a great fundraiser and there will be so many prizes to choose from, so please donate whatever you can. On December 16th I’ll notify the winner! 

A big Thank You to this year’s sponsors:

 

Thank you to Scottevest & the team over at Passports with Purpose for allowing us again to be a part of such a great cause!