Wheels for Change
Our Wheels For Change program is a combined effort between us and our travellers. Contiki groups travelling on coaches in the USA kindly donate their spare change (collected by Trip Managers) and this money goes to supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, CA. This club is a haven for disadvantaged children living in motels around the Anaheim area. Here, the kids are given after school tutoring, music lessons, an afternoon snack, and even the opportunity to play on grass - a far cry from their usual playground of a motel parking lot. The money we raise through wheels for change is used to transport the children to and from the club, giving them a safe environment to play, learn, and have fun.
When we take travellers to FareStart’s flagship restaurant in Seattle, it’s about more than its award winning food. It’s also about its incredible mission: using the restaurant’s revenue to create job training programmes that ultimately help to alleviate hunger, poverty and homelessness in the local community. As well as training disadvantaged young people with vital, real-world skills, FareStart prepare meals for schools, shelters and daycare centres, while eliminating waste, creating community value and transforming lives.
The Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot in Toronto helps revive the heritage art by creating partnerships with elders and artisans who fashion mukluks and moccasins the traditional way. The Storyboot Project was TreadRight’s first official project in North America, and today, the Storyboot Project has emerged as a global online marketplace where Indigenous artists showcase their one-of-a-kind mukluks and moccasins and receive 100% of the proceeds. The project has grown to include a national Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School where the next generation of young Indigenous people can learn the art of mukluk-making from elders and expert artisans - expanding the Storyboot School’s capacity to create real opportunities and life skills for Indigenous artists.