UNITED KINGDOM – World guide awards
One of our more unusual donations. Each year, in October, Wanderlust Magazine presents awards to tourist Guides from around the world at an evening event at the Royal Geographical Society. The recipients of these awards are nominated by travellers from around the world who have experienced the work of these Guides and a panel of judges selects the winning Guide in each of several categories.
Each winning Guide receives a Bursary, which they are required to donate to a community project of their choice. Since the projects that they donate their bursaries to are the sort of community Projects that we support as a Foundation, the Derek Moore Foundation donates a bursary to 5 of the winning Guides, so that our donations support their choice a community project; the sort of project that is at the heart of what we support as a Foundation.
In 2019 we donated bursaries to the following Guides: Top History and Culture Guide – Eireann Marshall, who guides in Italy. Top Safari Guide – James Nampaso, who guides in East Africa. Top Tour Leader – Brett Plotz, who guides in Japan. Top Conservation Guide – Johnny Villalobos who guides in Costa Rica. Paul Donnelly who guides in Northern Ireland.
Each Guide will in due course advise us of the community Project they have chosen to support – watch this space!