Singles Travel International announced today their Fall/Winter schedule that includes travel adventures and service no other solo travel company can match. An industry leader of singles vacations for over 20 years, STI strives to create life changing travel experiences and unique opportunities for singles. Singles Travel International offers vacations primarily for the 40+ set who are active and appreciate a higher level of service. www.singlestravelintl.com
FALL/WINTER SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS:
• SAVOR TUSCANY: TAKE A COOKING CLASS & SIP WINE AT A QUAINT VILLA
Tuscan Countryside & Rome, – Quaint, family owned villa in Tuscany, cooking class, wine & cheese tasting, visit Florence, Siena/San Gimignano, Chianti wine region, Rome.
• SAIL TO UNDISCOVERED SPOTS IN THE CARIBBEAN ON A SINGLES-ONLY SAILING ADVENTURE
Singles only S/V Mandalay Windjammer cruise with sailing lessons, secret hideaway beaches.
• VIEW A BIG GAME MIGRATION FROM ABOVE IN A FREE HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
Wild East Africa Migration Safari, Kenya, October 3-11, 2014: Prime migration season includes 3 nights on the Mara!
• IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE BEAUTY OF THE SOUTHWEST
Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon National Parks; September 14-20, 2014: including Lake Powell!
• DISCOVER CUBA’S CULTURAL TREASURES IN A SMALL GROUP ITINERARY
November 13-21, 2014: Meet the people, music, history, art and culture in one trip. Off the beaten path tour provides a truly unique, personal tour.
• CELEBRATE AT THE LARGEST HALLOWEEN PARTY IN THE U.S. IN LAS VEGAS
Halloween in Vegas Weekend, October 30-November 2, 2014
• DISCOVER THE ADRIATIC SEA IN COASTAL CROATIA AND SLOVENIA
Coastal Croatia with Lakes, Slovenia, optional Venice, September 22-30, 2014: UNESCO World Heritage site, ancient wonders, modern encounters.
ABOUT SINGLES TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL
Singles Travel International is an industry leader of singles vacations, celebrating 20 years creating life changing experiences and unique opportunities to meet the world together! STI offers vacations primarily for the 40+ set. Variety of short and long domestic and foreign trips, with 5-star service make STI the choice for discerning travelers. Hallmarks include personalized service, special singles events, flexibility and exclusive online community of 23,000 single travelers worldwide. www.singlestravelintl.com
SAINT LUCIA – The Saint Lucia Tourist Board today launched its most recent social media campaign, #saintluciarocks, promoting the island’s iconic twin peaks – the Piton Mountains. The promotion, which runs through December 31, 2014, showcases Saint Lucia’s varied landscape through the use of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Visitors who tag #saintluciarocks when sharing photos of themselves “Touching the Top” of the Pitons will enter to win a variety of prizes, including a trip to Saint Lucia. Photo vantage points can be found in Soufriere and Tet Paul.
“Like the National Flag and the Saint Lucia Parrot, the Pitons are etched into the social fabric of our nation,” noted Director of Tourism Louis Lewis.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the iconic twin peaks are synonymous with Saint Lucian identity. “What better call to action can there be than to have all citizens and our many visitors alike who are greeted by their stunning beauty upon entry to our shores, to symbolically reach out and attempt to ‘Touch the Top’ of the Pitons,” exclaimed Lewis.
Digital and print marketing, public relations, and direct-to-consumer outreach via the island’s hospitality industry support the campaign.
For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, 1-888-4STLUCIA, 1-800-869-0377 in Canada, or visit http://stlucianow.com/.
About Saint Lucia
One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties.
Yahoo Travel launched a new video series, “A Broad, Abroad,” featuring Editor-in-Chief Paula Froelich.
Follow Paula every week as she uncovers some of the most far off places on earth, exposing the weirdest, wonkiest, wildest places in our modern world. At each destination Paula will venture off the beaten path into the most intriguing parts of town that most tourists never see.
In the first episode live today, Paula is in South Africa learning about rhino poaching. She visits a private wildlife reserve adjacent to South Africa’s Kruger National Park, where she meets the founder of South Africa’s first private anti-poaching patrol. Rhino poaching is decimating the African rhino population because their horns are prized on the black market, where they are more valuable per ounce than is gold.
Upcoming episodes will center on a South African cheetah outreach program, driving academy in Johannesburg, shark spotters, Shebeen Queens, and muti, a traditional healing practice.
“It grew out of the research we did with our name change,” said Robert Drumm, president of Alexander + Roberts, “and the particular strengths we garnered from agent research on the importance of our itineraries, that’s number one; and the fact that our itineraries are well-honed and unusual and comprehensive. Also the fact that travelers choose our trips because of the learning opportunities, the closeness they get to societies they are visiting; and the fact that small ships are of increasing importance in the marketplace. When we joined all these things together it seemed like an attractive idea to assemble a group of scholars, writers, musical performers on a series of unusual trips. So that’s why we did it.”
The Corinthian, an all-suite ship, only carries about 100 passengers, so it will give guests opportunities to be in close presence with the special guests during meals, tours, receptions and so forth. The trips will take place aboard voyages traveling in the waters of North Africa and Northern Europe.
Specially featured guests include Roger Cohen of the New York Times, and cellist David Finckel, pianist Wu Han and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, who will perform onboard.
Among those acting as hosts will be Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Holly Shimizu, 10-year host of the PBS Victory Garden television series.
John Davis, professor of art at Smith College, will host Crossroads of Civilization, exploring the ancient civilizations and cultural heritage of Sardinia, Malta, Sicily and Southern Italy.
Archaeologists John Hale and Rod McIntosh will be onboard In Search of Ancient and Lost Cities, an 11-day voyage from Rome to North Africa and Lisbon.
Holly Shimizu, former Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, will travel on Voyage to Green + Gentle Lands, an 11-day springtime voyage focusing on gardens and landscapes of ports in the British Isles and Ireland.
Nancy Wilkie, Honorary president of the Archaeological Institute of America, will host Opus Mediterraneo, a 12-day cruise showcasing music and archaeology from Lisbon to Rome.
Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com
Professional Indian Horse Racing Association
North America’s top Indian Relay teams will compete at the All Nations Championship, an exhilarating bareback bonanza for teams and fans alike
SHERIDAN, Wyo. – The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association is proud to announce that the PIHRA All Nations Indian Relay Championships will take place on September 12-14, 2014, at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds, which will become the annual home for this event. Indian Relay is America’s oldest sport and is now resurging as the worlds’ newest extreme sport! Teams from Horse Nations spread across the northwestern plains intensely compete against each other throughout the summer months to earn their place at the All Nations Indian Relay Championships.
Indian Relay originated on the plains of North America over 400 years ago, when the horse was an integral part of Native Americans’ daily lives. The races are not only a demonstration of bravery, courage and amazing horsemanship but also an important connection to a historical and spiritual element of their culture. Today, riders compete not in the spirit of warfare but for “Native Pride” – it’s in their DNA! More than 30 elite teams representing 15 Indian nations from across North America will compete for more than $50,000 in prizes and the coveted Champions’ Jackets and Buckles.
The second annual PIHRA All Nations Indian Relay Championship festivities will commence on Thursday afternoon, September 11 with a silent auction and a Calcutta auction, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit injured relay members. The evening will culminate with a traditionally prepared buffalo feast provided by Chairman Darrin Old Coyote and the Crow Nation.
The All Nations Championship relay action will begin on Friday September 12, 2014. The daily event will consist of six heats on both Friday and Saturday while the teams with the best scores will advance to the finals on Sunday. Spectators can watch the first, second and third consolation races prior to the championship race. The three-day show will also feature a “Warriors Race” and a “Kids Relay Race” run daily. The entire weekend will be a Native American cultural celebration also showcasing authentic Indian art and crafts, native traditions and much more.
The Sheridan County Fairgrounds was chosen to host the annual event because Indian Relay Races have been an important part of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo for decades and geographically situated at the most convenient location.
The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association was founded to promote Indian Relay, horsemanship and safely. There were 17 founding teams the first year; one year later, membership has grown to 40 teams and they expect to have more by the time of the championships. The vision of the teams and the entire membership is of relay becoming a viable cultural and economic entity on the reservations.
Purchase your season tickets now and become part of the explosive action at this exciting annual event. Advance pricing on reserved tickets start at $20 with children’s advance tickets starting at $12. Tickets will be available at www.indianrelay.com and www.sheridanwyoming.org. You can also purchase tickets at the WYO Theater box office, call 307-672-9084 or online at www.wyotheater.com For more information, call Jeanette Sassoon at 307-655-9330 or 561-301-5522.
PORT ANGELES, Wash.— It’s no secret that the Olympic Peninsula is chock-full of quaint port towns and beautiful surroundings, so why not take advantage of seeing it all by land, water and air! Partnering with expert guide services and tour operators, the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission offers visitors the opportunity to make the most of their trip by experiencing all the best parts of the Peninsula depending on their traveling preferences.
For the gravel grinders- A handful of bike rental shops have all the equipment you’ll need to tour the Olympic Peninsula. Whether you prefer to ride solo or travel with a few others, pedaling around is a great way to spend the day and cover a lot of ground.
For the land lovers- Explore the area by hike and team up with a guide to show you the best routes. Options range from cultural and historic walking tours to climbing and mountaineering for the more adventurous of travelers!
For larger groups- If traveling with a big group, try seeing much of the region by bus or car. Offering charters and private tours, this is a great option for anyone looking to cover territory while relaxing and leaving the details up to the guide.
For water fanatics- Paddle the waters and explore the ports by raft or kayak for a gorgeous perspective of the Peninsula. Partner with an outfitter and make a splash during your visit with adventure and eco marine tours.
For aviation enthusiasts- Overlook it all with a balloon ride, scenic flight, or even a helicopter charter! These unique options are sure to provide visitors with gorgeous views and exciting thrills from up in the clouds!
Cultural and travel relations between the United States and Vietnam took some interesting turns this year: the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex to its celebrated list of mankind’s treasures; the New York Times made the Mekong River one of its 52 Places to visit in 2014; and McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the country in Ho Chi Minh city.
Though not as noted, it may be more significant that Buffalo Tours, part of the Vietnam-based Thien Minh Group (TMG), opened its first U.S. office based in California’s Mill Valley, not far from San Francisco, a favorite city for Vietnamese immigrants to the U.S.
“We were hoping to open in the U.S. four or five years ago, but the economic situation in 2009 made that unrealistic,” said Buffalo’s General Manager Patricia Huggins. “Our market research shows that Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have very strong appeal in America, especially on the West Coast and in select East Coast markets such as New York and Connecticut.”
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It’s certainly a good time to be selling Vietnam. In the first half of 2014, about 4.3 million foreign visitors arrived in Vietnam, for a year-on-year growth of 21 percent according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). The Vietnamese are expecting to get about 650,000 U.S. visitors this year.
The U.S. market could be particularly important for Vietnam as the political conflict it’s having with China over the contested Spratly Islands led to violent demonstrations in May against China in Vietnam that have taken the wind out of an important Chinese travel market.
Chinese visitation was up 37.4 percent through May, but it dropped heavily in June as a result of those demonstrations. Especially hard hit were beaches in Da Nang that were very popular with Chinese travelers and the impact may be long lasting.
Hanoi is said to be altering the quality of its tourism product in order to attract Japanese tourists. Not only is the Japanese outbound market with its 20 million travelers ripe for Vietnam, but Japan is also involved in the dispute with China and apparently many Japanese travelers are avoiding China these days because of the Spratlys. The U.S. market is another alternative.
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“I think overall the Vietnamese travel industry views the United States as a market that will continue to grow,” said Huggins. “We are specific in our needs as travelers and the fact that there’s a beautiful new Marriott in Hanoi speaks to the fact that they’re very interested in the American traveler.”
When Vietnam first opened to U.S. travelers in the early 1990s, the most popular destinations were Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay. These constitute a full vacation but plenty more has been added to diversify the experience including beach resorts in the Da Nang area including China Beach and more in the way of explorations of the mountains of western Vietnam and the villages of the country’s many ethnic minorities.
“Out travelers are interested in an authentic experience,” said Huggins. “They want to visit the great national parks and Mong villages. They’re interested in the art scene in Hanoi, which is very hot right now. It’s no longer just Saigon, Hue, Hoi An and Hanoi that people come to see. They go for two or three weeks because they want to see it all before it changes. That’s why we specialize in customizing.”
New destinations are popping up all of the time. Consider Phu Quoc island, which received 268,000 tourists including 72,620 foreigners, in the first half of 2014, a year-on-year rise of 26 percent and 34.8 percent, respectively. Phu Quoc is home to a beautiful national park as well as a historic prison, where nearly 40,000 Vietnamese partisans were incarcerated between 1967 and 1973. The island is seeking hotel investment to meet a growing demand.
In Buffalo Tours, American travelers will find a company not only based in Vietnam but committed to it and the other counties of the former French colony of Indochina, as well as Myanmar. Buffalo launched in Vietnam in 1994 and now has 10 offices throughout Southeast Asia, Australia and the UK. Buffalo promises to bring a line-up of personal and active experiences such as culinary, kayaking and hiking to present an authentic Vietnam.
“Clients stay in French colonial boutique hotels and cruise the waterways on traditional junks and converted rice barges,” said Huggins. Buffalo Tours offers customized, guided private and group tours, accommodations, transfers, flights, cruises, day trips and excursions in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar. Buffalo Tours is part of the Thien Minh Group, which brings approximately 90,000 tourists to Southeast Asia and hosts over 200,000 hotel guests in its own hotels annually. TMG currently owns 11 hotels with over 780 rooms in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. According to Huggins, Buffalo pays travel agents commissions starting at 13 percent.
Read more travel news at www.Travelpulse.com
With summer wrapping up and autumn approaching, Rainforest Cruises is offering its last minute deals on a number of Amazon River cruises this fall. Rainforest cruises, a boutique travel company specializing in traditional and authentic Amazon River cruises and riverboat tours, is offering discounts on its tours for several regions of the vast Amazon.
An Amazon River Cruise in Peru will take you on the Pacaya- Samiria National Reserve, a protected area of some five million acres of flooded forests, one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, and home to iconic Amazonian species such as pink river dolphins, giant otters, macaws, sloths, and caiman.
The 31-passenger riverboat, La Amatista – meaning Amethyst – is a classic wooden Amazon River vessel built by Amazon carpenters and shipwrights, creating an authentic atmosphere while providing all the facilities for a relaxing and comfortable stay.
Amenities aboard include delicious international and local cuisine, an observation point on the boat’s upper deck equipped with a full service bar, and cabins that are air-conditioned and with hot water in the private bathrooms. One of the few remaining traditional wooden riverboats on the Peruvian Amazon, cruises aboard La Amatista give passengers a real glimpse into the old charm of Amazonia.
With incredible savings of up to $1000 per person on selected four-day and six-day cruises aboard La Amatista, guests will enjoy action packed itineraries that allow them to get up close and personal with the rainforest’s inhabitants as they swim with river dolphins and visit the canopy walkways of the Yarapa River’s Tree House Project.
Was $1,630, now $935 | Top Deck Cabin
Was $2,240, now $1,240 | Top Deck Cabin
Departures: Four-Day October 7th; Six-Day October 5th
Tours on the Amazon River in Brazil explore the Amazon Ecological Corridor, or Central Amazon Biosphere Reserve, 20 million hectares of protected habitat where numerous uncontacted tribes still reside, at one with the incredibly diverse natural world all around them.
The M/V Desafio is a classical schooner that allows guests a comfortable intimate atmosphere. With only 12 cabins onboard, the one of a kind boat is small enough to explore remote area yet still spacious enough to provide comfort and casual elegance. Recently refurbished to a high standard, guests can expect the red carpet treatment as they sail amongst the beautiful river islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago, exploring its many creeks and channels by canoe and on foot with the help of an expert naturalist guide.
On board, passengers can enjoy rich Amazonian cuisine in the panoramic restaurant, and plenty of relaxation in comfortable cabins or well-appointed public areas.
Save $300 per person on an adventurous four-day cruise aboard this unique schooner, the only one of its kind in the Amazon.
Was $1,975 now $1,675 | Twin Upper Deck Cabin
Was $1,595 now $1,295 | Twin Lower Deck Cabin
Departures: Four-Day October 9, 23
Despite being one of the smaller South American countries, Ecuador is home to a huge variety of species, many of them endemic, making it an ideal destination for an Amazon River cruise filled with wildlife-spotting opportunities.
The 40-passenger Anakonda Amazon Cruise is the only superior, boutique riverboat operating in Ecuador’s Amazon region. Operating in the upper basins of the Napo and Aguarico Rivers, around Limoncocha Wildlife Reserve and Yasuni National Park – Ecuador’s largest protected animal reserve – the devoted, highly-knowledgeable guides come into their own, as they willingly share their wealth of information about the Amazon’s tropical rainforest and the many indigenous communities that inhabit the area.
A great feature of the Anakonda is its concierge service whereby guests can request itinerary activities they would like to do depending on weather conditions and timing. The activities can be included, adding a personalized touch.
Guests will also have the unique opportunity to spend an optional night camping glamourously (glamping) in the jungle in luxury tents, with comfortable beds, charming rustic furniture and superior service, including gourmet meals, champagne and hot showers.
Save 10% per person on four and five-day expedition cruises aboard the most luxurious boat in Ecuador’s Amazon. Her deluxe suites even have Jacuzzis and private balconies for guests pleasure.
Was $1,995 now $1,796 / Deluxe Suite
Was $2,495 now $2,246 / Deluxe Suite
Departures: Four-Day October 26 & November 16, 23; Five-Day November 26
Prices quoted are per person in double occupancy accommodation
Offers are valid for new bookings only and subject to availability
Visit www.rainforestcruises.com for more information or call (+1)727-498-0234 to book.
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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises announces the newest addition to their collection of boutique river cruises and tours—“India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges” from New Delhi to Kolkata—set to debut in January 2016. The 12-night itinerary includes seven nights onboard the new all-suite Ganges Voyager II, the most ultra-luxurious river cruise ship sailing the Ganges River. For the five-night land portion of the itinerary, luxurious accommodation are provided at the award-winning Oberoi Hotels and Resorts Collection, including The Oberoi, New Delhi; The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; and The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur. Guests will stay at the finest hotels as they visit the “Golden Triangle”—one of India’s most historic and culturally-rich areas.
“India is one of the world’s most complex, colorful, and exotic destinations,” said Guy Young, President of Uniworld. “To experience a 5,000-year-old civilization first-hand and to explore its spiritual heartland, all while staying at some of the world’s most spectacular hotels and sailing onboard our new all-suite ship, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our well-traveled guests.”
The new Ganges Voyager II has a maximum capacity of 56 guests. The all-suite ship features the one-of-a-kind Maharaja Suite, (400 sq. ft.), two Viceroy Suites (360 sq. ft.), two Heritage Suites (280 sq. ft.), and 20 Standard Suites (261 sq. ft.). Comforts and convenience abound with French balconies, cozy sitting areas, and flat-screen televisions. Roomy bathrooms have rain showers, robes, slippers, and Molton Brown bath products. Guests staying in the Viceroy Suites will enjoy daily butler service, laundry service, and one complimentary spa treatment per person. Guest staying in the Maharaja Suite will be treated to additional amenities, including in-suite dining and scented baths in the in-suite deep-soaker tub. Public areas include the Governor’s Lounge with onboard entertainment and cultural events, the observation deck with 360-degree views, a spa and fitness center, and the East India Restaurant with menus featuring both Indian-inspired cuisine and Western favorites.
Uniworld’s new itinerary presents a broad spectrum of enticing travel experiences: Delhi, India’s capital and third largest city; the Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; the bazaars, fortresses, and palaces of Rajasthan’s Pink City of Jaipur; Mother Teresa’s tomb and former home in Kolkata; an enormous Vedic temple in Mayapur; garden-tombs and mosques, colonial-era buildings, and monuments; and fully-hosted excursions to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites —Delhi’s Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, Agra’s Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, and Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar. While sailing the Ganges, guests will be treated to villages inaccessible by road, as well as to surprising encounters with a variety of wildlife, including freshwater dolphins, parrots, and many other colorful species.
“This itinerary is ideal for travelers seeking exotic new horizons, something completely unlike anything else they’ve ever experienced,” said Young. “India is an amazing, unforgettable place. It’s a journey our guests will rave about the rest of their lives.”
Uniworld will offer an optional extension to Varanasi, revered as the holiest spot on India’s holiest river , as well as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. The two-night extension includes a city tour, a scenic boat ride to observe a Ganga Aarti fire ceremony at sunset, and a private boat ride along the river at sunrise.
Uniworld’s new India program will be open to book on October 15, 2014.
About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Award-winning Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—the world’s only authentic boutique river cruise line™—features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, as well as included shore excursions, gourmet cuisine, and unsurpassed hospitality. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers voyages on 15 rivers in 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Uniworld is a member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts:
• Listed among the “World’s Best River Cruises” by Travel + Leisure, and recognized for the “World’s Best Service” in the River Cruise category
• Seven ships listed among Travel + Leisure’s “Top 20 River Ships,” with River Countess rated highest of all cruise ships (river & ocean)
• Distinguished as a Condé Nast Traveler “Platinum Circle Member,” an honor bestowed for being on the prestigious Gold List every year for seven years (2008 – 2014)
• Top three ranking on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top Ten” list of cruise lines (river & ocean)
• Named “Best Luxury River Cruise Line” by Cruise International (2012 & 2013)
About The TreadRight Foundation
Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.
TreadRight’s past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society’s inaugural “World Legacy Awards,” WildAid and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin.
To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at www.TreadRight.org
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