Saturday,  September 26, 2020  6:23 pm

TTAND raises funds for charity while staying fit during COVID

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  •   09-14-2020  2:35 pm
  •   Pax Global Media
TTAND raises funds for charity while staying fit during COVID
From left: Penny Martin, VP, travel agent experience; Shean Carmichael, marketing & communications manager; Alma J. Ortiz, supplier & new agent relations manager; Flemming Friisdahl, founder; Rhonda Stanley, VP, talent development. (File photo: Pax Global Media)
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The Travel Agent Next Door (TTAND) agents and employees just completed an eight-week FIT TRIP fitness challenge campaign that also raised funds for Pencils for Kids.

“During these very tough times in the industry, it is easy to get stuck at home so we wanted to come up with a fun and easy way to get moving again,” said Flemming Friisdahl, founder of TTAND. "We launched FIT TRIP -- an 8-week campaign that was managed by Special Projects Manager, Elish Tait and included weekly challenges and fun programs.”

There were over 350 TTAND agents that participated, doing up to 50 different activities and over 14,280 entries were made recording 877,895 minutes of exercise by all agents combined.

“We partnered with our suppliers Air Canada Vacations, AMA Waterways, Globus Vacations, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Star Clipper and Tourcan Vacations,” said Friisdahl. “All these generous partners donated amazing prizes to help make the challenge even more special for the agents.”

Flemming Friisdahl, founder of The Travel Agent Next Door. (Pax Global Media)

The agents received an entry form for every 20 minutes of work out they did, the more you worked out the more entries you would receive to win a trip. 

To encourage agents to donate, if an agent made a donation to Pencils For Kids-- a charity that TTAND supports-- then for every $10 they donated they would also receive an entry form to win the trip. Even though these are very tough times, the agents donated $12,633 and then TTAND donated $3,000 to make a grand total $15,633.

“I would never have imagined that during these trying times we would even see a dollar coming our way, especially from an industry which has been one of the worst hit from COVID-19. What will be the most memorable thing for me from this pandemic and that has stood out for me more than anything else, is the generosity of The Travel Agent Next Door agents. When you look at people like you, who are thinking of others in this time of need, it really puts my faith back into humanity. A huge thank you to each and every one of you,” said Robin Mednick of Pencils for Kids.

Robin Mednick, founder of Pencils For Kids. (Pax Global Media)


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