Tri State Safaris help bring a brighter future for Vinaka Fiji

Towards the end of last year, Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action certified Tri State Safaris started a campaign to collect second-hand eye glasses to donate to local people of the Yasawa Island of Fiji. Over the past five months, they have collected over 60 pairs of specs and handed over their first donation to Vinaka Fiji.

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Almost five months have passed since the couple decided to help. In a recent newsletter, Tri State Safaris reported about their achievements and thanked participants. They have managed to collect more than 60 pair of glasses, with numbers constantly growing. In February, owners Mick and Joanna met up with Elle, a representative of Vinaka Fijii, and handed over their first donations (pictured). Elle was positively overwhelmed by the generosity of Tri State Safaris and their extended community.

Tri State Safaris was established in 1992, running tours from Broken Hill to Broome. Owners, Mick and Joanne McCulkin, created the company out of the passion to share Australia’s Outback experience with like-minded adventurers. Whenever the couple is not busy with work, they enjoy travelling to Fiji’s Western Division, including Yasawa Island. It was during these trips that they came to realise a problem all too commonly encountered by locals; many had poor eye-sight and were unable to afford glasses.

Vinaka Fijii is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the quality of life for people living in poverty. As part of the project, Vinaka Fiji agreed to fix, clean and fairly distribute glasses to Fijians in need.

In their newsletter Tri State Safaris claims that their mission is not over yet and they will continue to collect glasses throughout this year.

If you have any old reading glasses, prescription glasses or sunglasses, don’t leave them to collect dust. Help change a life and take the time to send them to Tri State Safaris at P.O. Box 867, Broken Hill, NSW, 2880.

Do You Have Second-Hand Glasses To Donate?

Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action certified operator Tri State Safaris are collecting second-hand eye-glasses to donate to the people of the Yasawa Islands of Fiji.

Owner/Operators, Michael and Joanne McCulkin, travel often to Fiji’s Western Division, the archipelago where Yasawa Islands are situated. Through their travel experiences they have found that poor eye-sight is a common condition in the local people, and often those affected cannot afford glasses.

Michael and Joanne have decided to help. During 2015, Tri State Safari will be collecting donations of old, damaged and un-needed prescription or reading glasses from around Australia to deliver to the people of the Yasawas. By donating your old glasses, you can help make a difference to the lives of people who need them. Donated glasses are cleaned and repaired by experts who have volunteered their time to the cause.

Tri State Safaris is an multi-award winning tour operator, based at Broken Hill in NSW. They operate 4WD tours for small groups in Broken Hill and surrounding National Parks, the Simpson Desert, and the Kimberley.

Tri State Safaris invite anyone to send their donated glasses to their office in Broken Hill:
P.O. Box 867, Broken Hill, NSW 2880

They also encourage their guests to bring their second-hand glasses on their next tour. To find out more about their tours, visit their website.

Nominations OPEN for the NSW Tourism Awards 2013

NSW-Tourism-Awards-2013-LogoNominations for the 2013 New South Wales Tourism Awards are currently open. The NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Hon. George Souris, officially launched the 24th Annual New South Wales Tourism Awards in front of a packed Parliament House on the 25th March, 2013. Among those in attendance were the previous 2012 award winners, sponsors and several state MPs.

The New South Wales Tourism Awards stands to recognise Best Practice in tourism business by looking at 31 different categories which are judged by a panel of expert tourism professionals. The categories include; attractions, ecotourism, heritage, cultural and indigenous tourism, tour and/or transport operators, and accommodation types – just to name a few!

Last year, we were proud to see a number of our Ecotourism Australia certified operators take home awards:

Life’s an Adventure, Blue Mountains
– Silver Award, Tours and/or Transport Operators
– Silver Award, Ecotourism
– Silver Award, Adventure Tourism

Sydney Coast Walks, Cronulla
– Bronze Award, Ecotourism

Newly certified Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains
– Gold Award, Ecotourism
– Gold Award, Adventure Tourism
– Silver Award, Tourist Attractions

Moonshadow Cruises, Nelsons Bay
– Gold Award, Major Tour and Transport Operators

Tri State Safaris, Broken Hill
– Gold Award, Tours and/or Transport Operators
– Hall of Fame recipient

TreeTop Adventure Park Wyong Creek
– Bronze Award, Adventure Tourism

Eldee Station, Silverton
– Silver Award, Hosted Accommodation

Somewhere Unique, Wollombi
– Gold Award, Unique Accommodation

Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat, Laurieton
– Bronze Award, Unique Accommodation

Winners are highlighted for visitors as professional, trusted and benchmarked tourism operators. They are introduced to an influential and valuable network which opens doors to new business opportunities, and they receive unique marketing opportunities and increased brand awareness. We encourage our certified operators situated in NSW to nominate and apply for the 2013 awards.

Nominations close 2 August 2013.

The New South Wales Tourism awards are held by the New South Wales Tourism Industry Council.

For more information or to nominate or apply for the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards please click here.