On Saturday, December 14, 2013, 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.
- Founded in 1983, Green Globe Certified Chukka offers 59 tours in Jamaica, Belize and Turks & Caicos. Collectively, the operations delivered over 400,000 adventure tours to cruise and hotel guests in 2012. With a commitment to offer only the highest quality tours with well-trained guides and stringent safety standards, Chukka takes pride in showcasing the natural beauty of the Caribbean through unique and sensational experiences, while providing opportunities for local residents and businesses. The company has received numerous awards including the Porthole Cruise Magazine Best Caribbean Tour Operator in 2012, as well as the World Travel Award as the “Caribbean's
Leading Tour Company” for the sixth consecutive year in 2012. Chukka received four awards from Princess Cruises in 2013, for tours at their Belize, Jamaica, and Turks and Caicos locations. Chukka – Active Adventures, Culture & Leisure and Team Building – It’s Time to Play.
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