OK…so I am all about supporting nonprofits and actively seek to learn about the innovative strategies companies use to do that.  G.A.P Adventures’ Skydive for Charity is certainly creative but not one I will personally get involved with anytime soon! 

On July 22, 2008, G.A.P Adventures held its 5th annual Skydive for Charity event in Toronto and Calgary, raising a whopping $18,545.  Their website says, “What better way to raise money for a great cause than by jumping out of a perfectly good airplane?”  “More than 30 skydivers participated and selected either an Instructor Assisted Deployment skydive, jumping solo from 3500 feet, or a Tandem skydive, where the skydiver and Jumpmaster freefall together for 35 seconds from 10,500 feet at over 120mph!

G.A.P Adventures covered 50% of the jump fees for all participants and in return, skydivers raised funds for Planeterra – G.A.P Adventures’ non-profit foundation which is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world.”  So if the adrenaline rush is what you are seeking, get this on your calendar for next year!

G.A.P Adventures was launched in 1990 by Bruce Poon Tip with the belief that other travellers would share his desire to experience authentic adventures in a responsible and sustainable manner. They’ve grown from a one-man show to a company of over 500, and from a handful of trips in Latin America to hundreds of adventures spanning the globe… and beyond! Over 70,000 travellers experience the real world with them every year. Their passion is “making sure you get behind the scenes to experience the real world in an authentic and sustainable manner.”

I have travelled with G.A.P. twice – once to Southern Spain and last year to Northern India.  Both trips were great and G.A.P. did an excellent job balancing group activities and free time to do as we like.  So I like the company because I have good experiences with them.  I know they do service projects in some of the countries where they take trips through their Planterra Foundation, which is great.