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Riding to support the Kelly Brush Foundation

Ty McDonald and Dylan Dann left Brunswick, Maine Monday, May 23 and are en route to San Diego, CA. They are riding to support and raise money for the Kelly Brush Foundation and will be raffling a VBT tour to Tuscany, which a supporter has donated on their behalf, as part of their fund-raising efforts.

The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. I competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI.

VBT is a long-standing supporter of the Kelly Brush Foundation and is offering a luxury bicycling vacation for one to Tuscany as a raffle prize for the Foundation’s century ride in Middlebury, VT on September 10, 2011.


Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley Walking TourOn our Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley Walking Vacation, travelers visit Ollantaytambo, where the homes and streets have not changed dramatically since Incan times.  Our travelers have their choice of places to eat for lunch, including Hearts Café.  Hearts Café, run by Sonia Newhouse, is not only known for its delicious cuisine but its also known for its great humanitarian projects, which support the women and children of the highland communities.

At age 71 Sonia Newhouse moved from the UK to Peru to start a new life.  It was then that she discovered the poor living and health conditions of the women and children she encountered living in the Peruvian Highlands and made it her mission to help them.  In 2007 Sonia founded the Hearts Café, whose main goal is to raise funds and create awareness for the community surrounding the Sacred Valley.  The café works in association with Sonia’s NGO, Living Hearts Association.  In addition to donations, 100% of the profits from the café go towards Living Heart’s humanitarian projects, which focus on educational support, medical support, nutrition, family planning, water purification, and sustainability.  Living Heart is also currently in the process of creating a home for abused women and abandoned children.

To learn more about their work on the Sacred Valley or if you would like to learn how you could support any of the projects check out their website


Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley Walking Tour Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley Walking Vacation



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