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Travel Bureau Gosforth supports Born Free Foundation

4th July 2011 Print

Travel Bureau Gosforth, the luxury holidays and honeymoons specialist, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Established in 1961 the company has long standing charitable connections, most recently via the Travel2Give scheme, encouraging travellers to donate by registering with the scheme, booking a holiday triggers a donation to one of several charity partners in the North East.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations Travel Bureau is working with the Born Free Foundation, who are dedicated to keeping wildlife in their natural habitat, protecting endangered species and the prevention of animal suffering. Born Free Foundation (BFF) was set up by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers after their experiences in Africa, whilst filming Born Free in 1966. The Foundation also sponsors schools through the Global Friends Project and uses educational activities to inspire knowledge and respect for the wild.

On the 11th May, Travel Bureau held an evening ‘In Conversation with Virginia McKenna ‘ at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, where Virginia shared her stories about her work with the Foundation.

BFF and Travel Bureau are working with specialist tour operator Carrier to create three unique eight day tailor made safari holidays to Kenya – Classic Kenya, Kenya Highlights and Elsa’s Footsteps. All of the safaris will culminate in a unique evening with Will Travers (Virginia and Bill’s son and the CEO of the Born Free Foundation) and take in some of the film’s stunning locations.

Safaris can be booked at the event, with Travel Bureau Gosforth and the tour operator Carrier making a donation to the Born Free Foundation for every safari holiday sold and £5 from every ticket sold for the event. All money raised will go towards the building of lion-proof bomas, to protect Masai herds from free-roaming lions at night.

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