Giving Back...Zumba for Haiti
One of the great things about being in the travel industry and having my own agency is that I get to combine my passions and do the things I enjoy in life. One of the things, that is near and dear to my heart, is being able to give back to others in and outside of my community. If you visit our webpage, you will see there are several donation and conservation efforts that the agency participates in.
Over the weekend, I had a very special opportunity to give back in a very fun and unique way thanks to my connections in the travel industry. My Aussie mate, Melissa Watt, from Travel2 invited me to her Zumba studio BellaVita and the event they were running to help Haiti after Hurricane Matthew's devastating effects.
Myself and my daughter, who also participated with me in the event, were more than eager to help as we were much luckier on the other side of the island than the poor people of Haiti. During Matthew's rage we arrived in Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic. For those of you that don't know, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are two countries on one island in the Caribbean. As Matthew approached we were lucky that its course had shifted, but it did not shift quite far enough to miss the island all together. While the sun came out for us and we had little to no signs of the storm ever being near, Haiti was not so lucky. The country continues to add to it's death toll from mother nature's beating. I believe upon last check before writing this, there were now 1000 people dead. What is even worse now for people is the fear of a cholera outbreak due to poor water conditions.
To help with the conditions in Haiti, BellaVita came up with the idea to provide a free Zumba class for patrons and new guests to enjoy an hour of exercise and fun. The event asked for donations in any size to be given and would go to the relief efforts in Haiti. The particular funds from this event went to Hope for Haiti. As a bonus, for each $10 donation made, participants were entered into a raffle for a free massage.
While myself and my daughter did not win the massage, we got a great sweat dancing Zumba style to tunes inspired from Haiti. What a great opportunity and setting for me to combine my passions of fitness, travel, and giving. There are so many opportunities for us out there to do our part and it doesn't have to be taxing. In a world that seems upside down these days, I encourage you to make your positive mark on life.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds. Her agency’s focus is on creating itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind. She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember. With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide ride of leisure vacation planning.