The Olympus Tours Foundation on October 6th of 2018 had the pleasure of hosting the experiential conference of Danilu Guemez who in a talented way gave a speech about the extraordinary achievements that women can accomplish if they propose and fight for it.
The event was organized by the Association Gente Extraordinaria and included the monologue “Selaginela” written by the Emilio Carballido- famous writer from Veracruz- and a beautiful performance of Dannae García under the direction of Professor Luis Manuel Vega Lezama who has more than 30 years of theater experience. In the framework of the same event, the CIMA Cancún dance school presented a show of Polynesian dances, very applauded by the attending public.
Olympus Tours Foundation, aiming for social development and training towards it, continues to offer its headquarters for activities focused on promoting citizens participation in matters of public interest. Therefore; during the 3rd of October it hosted the practical workshop on the creation of strategies to get allies and donors before the approach of the International Day “A Day to Give”. The workshop, which multiple civil associations attended, was offered by the Association Colectivo Impacto Social.
On September 23rd 2018, the Olympus Tours Foundation as every year has joined the call of the international organization Ocean Conservancy and its representatives in Cancun promote awareness of the urgent need to take care of our planet before the worryingly increment of plastic pollution of the seas and littorals.
This year with the slogan “Refuse a single use” the volunteers of the Foundation met with more contingents of schools and associations to clean one of the most popular beaches in the hotel zone of Cancun, known as Punta Cancun. The most found residues have been cigarette butts, plastic packaging and pet bottles.
The closing of the La Tlacuila´s group creative writing workshop took place at the headquarters of the Olympus Tours Foundation on August 22, 2018. It was a night of readings of the best texts produced in the workshop, night of songs and reflections, laughter and nostalgia. The musicians Paola Padua and Andrés Avendaño, contributed to offer a such endearing evening.
La Tlacuila since 2009 is part of the National Program of Reading Rooms of CONACULTA, as a volunteer and non-profit project.
Through this type of events held at the Foundation’s headquarters, love for reading and creative learning is fostered.
The headquarters of the Foundation hosted a series of lectures given by medical specialists and professionals from Red Down Mexico with the aim of providing tools and accurate information to family members, teachers and professionals who are in contact with children with Down syndrome; create a space that allows the exchange of information on health and welfare issues.
The lecture of March 16 and June 8 addressed the most common problems of children and were mostly focused on prevention and basic care, on strategies of how to educate children in a loving and firm way, on the importance of encourage their autonomy, the value of teaching them to say “NO” as a tool to prevent child sexual abuse and also about physical therapies and rehabilitation.
On May 19, 2018 at the Olympus gallery, the presentation of the new book by writer Juan Carlos Serrano took place. “Antes de que el tiempo nos alcance” (“Before the time reaches us”) is a short story book in which the aforementioned and multi-faceted artist from Argentina offers its readers a nostalgic journey through the time, between a fantastic world and a real world, so real that any Latin American can feel identified with history, both at the psychological level and the socio-political conditions in which the stories of Juan Carlos Serrano are developed.
The literary evening included the reading of some book´s fragments, interspersed with musicalized poetic texts by artists Jorge Jufresa, Corina Blázquez and Salvador Escudero, who accompanied the writer to delight the audience and take them on a short journey through the world of letters.
For the Olympus Tours Foundation, it was an honor to host this type of artistic expressions that enrich the socio-cultural development of our community.
On April 13, 2018, in the framework the International World Autism Awareness Day, Olympus Tours Foundation in collaboration with the association Sinergia Inclusiva, host the conference “What is Autism”, given by the psychologist Yunuen Hernández, a certified specialist in diagnostic, detection and intervention of the autism spectrum, with more than 10 years of experience. At the foundation´s headquarters, representatives of several associations and parents of children with autism attended, being all in agreement that “Autism is not a disease is a condition of life.”
At the Olympus Gallery, headquarters of the Foundation, on April 12, the writer Gloria Goijberg, presented her book “De la ciencia a la conciencia, una mirada femenina” (“From science to consciousness, a feminine look.”) The researcher includes in her book an autobiographical personal reflection about our inner world and it’s potential.
Goijberg, during the event, invited the audience “to connect with themselves in a fascinating and profound self-knowledge to achieve the desired peace and fulfillment… Reaching the understanding that we co-create reality in our mind, implies an enormous ethical and loving responsibility, respect for ourselves, with all living beings, with the planet and its resources” emphasized the writer.
Olympus Tours Foundation in agreement with the Proyectos Educativos de Arte, from March 21 to June 30, 2018 presents at its headquarters the exhibition “Lapses and nostalgia” of Rubén Maya, a Mexican painter from Queretaro.
The inaugural act was attended by the wonderful voices of the Quantum Beat group by CoralCun and the presence of the proffesor Abraham Guerrero Escobar, who introduced the audience to the Ruben´s Maya work.
The exhibition is part of the educational and cultural projects of the Olympus Tours Foundation and on this occasion, members of the deaf community of our city have been benefited by the educational graphic workshops, given by Marycarmen Pérez Rodríguez, director of Divertimento Visual Arts Workshop within the framework of the exhibition. Guided tours of organized groups of students from Cancun have also been offered.
The Foundation was so proud to host at its headquarters the official ceremony for the constitution of Deaf Athletes Association from the State of Quintana Roo on March 17, 2018.
With the aim of offering more and better development opportunities to all sports sectors, the president of the Commission for Youth and Sports of Quintana Roo, Antonio López Pinzón, along with Mrs. María Eugenia Rivera Lara, president of the Mexican Federation of Sports for the Deaf, made the official act for the constitution of the Association in an emotional ceremony.
This new Association of Deaf Athletes assigned Sergio Emmanuel Matías Euán as its president, an admirable athlete and a good friend of the Olympus Tours Foundation.
Within the framework of the Foundation´s program “Education is possible” and the collaboration agreement with the Cancún II CONALEP – a College of Technical Professional Education in Quintana Roo State, on February 7, 2018, 11 scholarships were awarded to students of limited resources.
The educational center of CONALEP is located in an area considered to be at high risk of vulnerability in different aspects, among them the high rate of violence and school dropout.
The “Alas” Collective Exhibition with works of seven artists residing in Puerto Morelos was presented at the Olympus Tours Foundation headquarters from January 12 to 31, 2018. In agreement with the association Natural Sustentable, the exhibition included paintings by Aileen Caffrey, Alfredo Lanz, Marco Riha. Maria Cristina Carballal Román, Montserrat Faura, Narciso Padilla and Silvia Rubio; authors mostly present during the inauguration.
The event also featured the performance of the Quantum Beat choir of the Asociación Coralcun, acapella vocal group who delighted the audience with their impressive voices.
The exhibition is part of the Olympus Tours Foundation project Isodos Exodos, which promotes the artistic expressions, creative learning, social reflection, solidarity and cooperation among people, organizations and groups working for the social and cultural development of our community.
As part of the celebration of International Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (more…)
In compliance with the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Juan Rulfo on May 16th, (more…)
Olympus Tours Foundation, in the “shared road” program and in coordination with the authorities of the CADI (more…)
On April 27th, the DIF Benito Juarez celebrated the “FESTIVAL OF THE CHILD’S DAY AND THE MOTHER’S DAY” (more…)
On April 19, the Municipal Ecology Commission of the municipality of Benito Juárez, to which Cancún belongs, was installed. (more…)
The Olympus Tours Foundation as each year contributed a small grain of sand to participate in the movement called “the hour of the planet” (more…)
In support of the Casa de Cultura of Puerto Morelos in Quintana Roo and as part of our “Shared Road” program, on March 13th, (more…)
The last february 14th, in the Plaza de la Reforma in Cancun, the marriage liaison was carried out between 200 couples participating in the 2017 Collective Weddings program headed by the municipal DIF. The Olympus Tours Foundation, had the pleasure of supporting through a donation consisting of courtesies to different tours, as part of the gifts that were raffled among the beneficiaries of the program.
On June 30, the Olympus Tours Foundation was pleased to accompany students of the IAS (International American School) (more…)
The Olympus Tours Foundation hand in hand with IAS, (The International American School of Cancun) (more…)
On December 12, the Olympus Tours Foundation delivered toys to the representatives of the System for the Integral Development of the Family in Benito Juárez (DIF), that will be raffled on January 6 (more…)
Friday December 9 the Olympus Tours Foundation had the pleasure to invite 30 children and teenagers of the Foundation Pro Down Syndrome to a very special event (more…)
On Sunday October 16, more than 90 team Leaders and Assistance Team leader of Liberty Travel collaborated along with parents, students of Kiin Beh Educational Center (more…)
On Thursday October 6, on the occasion of the 56th anniversary of the proclamation of independence of the Republic of Cyprus, the Honorary Consulate of Cyprus in Quintana Roo and the Olympus Tours Foundation inaugurated the group exhibition of contemporary ART CY @ OLYMPUS.
Through a selection of works as varied in their conceptual proposals as in materials and formats, the exhibition shows a part of the rich artistic tradition of a country with more than 10,000 years of history.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Mexico, Mr. Evagoras Vryonides, the Municipal Tourism Director, Mr. Frank López Reyes and the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus, in Quintana Roo Mr. Lakis Charalambous.
As part of the opening event a brief concert of bouzouki was offered, stringed instrument, part of the family of lutes with extensive presence in the Cypriot music, which was performed by Mexican musician of Greek origin Vasilis Mavridis, accompanied voice by also a Greek origin singer Christian Pappas, together they interpreted a few pieces of the famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.
Participating Artists: María Anaxágora, Stavros Antonopoulos, Melita Couta, George Gavriel, Varvara Georgiou, Doros Heracleous, Inci Kansu, Eser Keçeci, Marios Siarlis, Melina Shukuroglou, Ismet Tatar, Marina Zervou.
The exhibition is presented from October 6 to December 16 in the Olympus Gallery, between the hours of 10am to 6pm from Monday thru Friday, and Saturdays from 10am to 1 pm. Admission is free.
On Thursday July 30th the Olympus Tours Foundation received its participation certificate for taking part in the International Beach Cleanup (LIP) 2015. This global event organized by Ocean Conservancy brought together more than 790,000 people around the world to clean 40.538 kilometers of coastline and collect 8 million kilos of garbage.
In Quintana Roo, a state of the Mexico Republic where Cancun is located, 8,183 volunteers participated walking 9.7 kilometers of coastline where they collected 18,185.60 kilos of garbage. These numbers are a result of the joint work of educational institutions, companies and civil associations like Olympus tours Foundation, that are committed to the environmental conservation.
The 2016 edition of the International Beach Cleanup will be held in September and of course the Olympus tours Foundation will be present.
Olympus Tours Foundation in the framework, of its program Studying is possible, organized the itinerary and helped with the necessary arrangements for the children of the School Fidencio Diaz, part of the Kop Chen community near Felipe Carrillo Puerto, to go on a fieldtrip to Cancun.
The school trip called “Beyond the community” was held on Thursday June 2 and was organized by the principal and teachers of the multilevel school. Its objective was focused on teaching students to recognize the importance of trade and transport to exchange products and communicating their community to other places.
After leaving their community at dawn and after a three-hour ride, the children arrived to the International Airport of Cancun, having the opportunity to learn how the different areas of the airport operate and see the planes up close.
Afterwards, students of the rural school accompanied by their teachers and some mothers, had the opportunity to ride the Scenic Tower located at the pier in kilometer 4.5 of the Hotel Zone. Site where they could appreciate more than 80 meters high, the Caribbean Sea and the Nichupte lagoon system.
The visit continued in Playa Las Perlas, a place where students enjoyed the clear and calm waters of the Caribbean Sea. After refreshing themselves, they continued their trip to visit the Ventura waterpark where they played in the pools, enjoyed the slides and the various attractions of this place. To conclude their visit, they were received at the dolphin show at Aquarium in Plaza la Isla.
Besides meeting the educational goal set by teachers, this experience served as a reward to all of the children for their hard work during the school year, as well as motivation to continue making efforts.
Without a doubt, for the students of the Elementary school “Fidencio Diaz” this fieldtrip was an unforgettable experience. For the first time they experienced things like traveling by bus, seeing a plane up close, feeling the sand under their feet and swimming in the sea.
For the Olympus Tours Foundation this trip represents an example of the Young teachers love and passion like Fernando, Eduardo and Amelia have, in order to provide education to children in the most underserved communities of the country.
Thanks to the strong commitment they have with the education of their students, they carry their teaching beyond the classroom.
On the month of May travel centers of Flight Center USA held a fund raiser on St. Patrick’s day and gathered the sum of $2,500 USD which was donated to the educational center of Kiin Beh for the construction of a new classroom.
The resource joined by the employees of Flight Centre, senior partner and business partner of Olympus Tours in the United States, were delivered to Olympus Tours Foundation in order to supervise the correct application of resources.
Today, the Educational Center Kiin Beh operates in temporary facilities providing comprehensive and bilingual education to over 200 children of low resources. Kiin Beh is located in Cristo Rey, a suburb in Playa del Carmen that which until a couple of years ago did not count with sewer system, electricity, running water or services such as schools or health centers.
At the end of its construction, this school will serve a population of more than 1,000 children and adolescents who can break the cycle of poverty and improve their living conditions.
The “DiversidArte exhibition: Travelers-residents of Quintana Roo” was inaugurated on Thursday May 19. The Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Cyprus and Olympus Tours Foundation, organized this exhibition of visual arts, In the framework of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which commemorates the United Nations Organization every May 21.
The opening event was graced by the participation of the famous sitar player Sidartha siliceo and Paola Reyes Osuna Maleni dancer, who danced to the rhythm of the peculiar sound of this traditional instrument in northern India. The special participation of both of these artists at the opening event was sponsored by TGI Gallery , and its director Pradeep Agarwal. The exhibition “DiversidArte exhibition: Travelers-residents of Quintana Roo”, was possible thanks to the support of settled consular offices in the state, who helped with the diffusion and, in some cases, contacting the artists.
The exhibition is presented from May 19 to June 20th in the Olympus Gallery, between the hours of 10am to 6pm from Monday thru Friday, and Saturdays from 10am to 3 pm. Admission is free.
Participating Artists: Yvette Van Meirhaeghe form Belgium, Aileen Caffrey from Ireland, Elier Amado Palacios Gil from Cuba, Elizabeth Rodríguez from the Dominican Republic, Peter Vavrda and Josef Prajapati from Czech Republic, Hans Frode from Sweden, Laura Kramis and Christian Pappas from the United States of America, Moreno Miele from Italy, Erick Sommet from France, Marcela Gleizer, Marcela y Cecilia Newell, Sergio Pezzutti and Araceli Inés Pszemiarowerfrom Argentina, Svetlana Nesterenko and Yulia Dudina from Rusia, Esther Martínez, Santiago de LaIglesia and Lago Leonardo from Spain and Erandi Guerrero Mavrou from the Republic of Cyprus.
On April 24th the Olympus Tours Foundation in collaboration with “La Escuelita de Sonia”, “Huellas de Pan AC” and “Manos de Apoyo y Vida” invited children living in disadvantage conditions in Cancun to a didactic opera “The Magic Flute” as a present for Children’s Day.
This adaptation is an act of the famous opera by German composer W. A. Mozart, it was represented by students of Vivaldi music school accompanied by professional singers and musicians, who with their talent graced the function.
The story of the “Magic Flute” revolves around Prince Tamino, that while being chased by a snake he enters into the Queen of the Night’s territory, who offers her daughter’s hand if he saves her from being kidnapped by Sastro. Thus, along with Papageno, the bird catcher, Tamino embarks on the adventure.
During the show that lasted a little over an hour, the children enjoyed the songs, the music and the whole performance; so they showed their faces of joy, excitement and surprise.
Without a doubt this was an unforgettable experience for these children since, for many of them, or all, this was the first time attending a show of this nature.
On the occasion of the celebration of Children’s day, Olympus Tours Foundation gave out gifts to childcare facilities that are part of the system for Integral Development of the Family (DIF). The first gift was to the childcare facility La Burbuja, who received a bouncy house so that children could enjoy jumping during recess. The second gift consisted in a donation to the integral center of Primera Infancia Carmelina H. De López Lira, located in the suburb of Playa del Carmen, in order to organize a party to lionize children in their day. Both childcare centers provide food, care and education to children of working mothers.
On March 21st seniors of the “Parish School”, of Dallas Texas, accompanying the Olympus Tours Foundation, visited the facilities of “La Escuelita de Sonia” (The Little School of Sonia) to deliver uniforms and school supplies to more 80 children who study there.
On behalf of their classmates, who cooperating to collect the gifts, the girls used the visit to practice their Spanish and to play, dance and have a good time with all students of The “Escuelita” School.
Sonia’s Little School is a school that teaches boys and girls who for various reasons, including economic, cannot enroll into formal schooling. In addition to teaching Spanish, math and science, children receive art classes, English and a daily breakfast.
On December 9th took place the conference “Spiritual and theological interpretation of the Prodigal Son” in the Olympus Tours Foundation Gallery, in charge of the Father Luis Pablo Garza. Meanwhile the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands Ingrid Bosman presented the life and work of Rembrandt.
This conference main goal was to promote interest and the knowledge towards art, in this case, the sacred art.
“The Return of the Prodigal Son” work of the Dutch painter Rembrandt (1606-1669) was made of oil on canvas and was painted in 1662. The original painting, measures 2.62cm in high and 2.62cm in width, it’s currently on display at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (Russia).
A famous version of this painting was displayed in the Olympus Gallery, inspired by the parable of the prodigal son from the bible. The scene represents the climax of forgiveness of the father towards the son who regrets his conduct.
On November 25th the Olympus Tours Foundation visited the facilities of the Care Center for Child Development La Burbuja, at the region 233 of Cancun, to deliver blackboards and paint to remodel the classrooms where children are taken care of.
This donation is one more addition to a series of supports that the Olympus Tours Foundation provides to La Burbuja since 2011, as a part of its commitment to the childhood in Cancun.
From November 24th to December 18th in the Gallery of the Olympus Foundation presented the painting exhibition “From Cusco to Cancun: a collection of sacred art of paintings from the Cusco School”.
The Cusco school originated in the Andean city of Cusco, Peru, in the late seventeenth century, thanks to the artistic and cultural patronage of the Catholic Church, as well as the rest of the American continent during the colonial period, boosted the artistic activities as part of the evangelizer process and re-education of the natives of the new continent. The strength of the school and the expressive force of its art conferred such force that came to extend its influence from Ecuador to Chile during the eighteenth century.
The mining boom of the eighteenth century brought a rise in the construction of churches and palaces, where it was possible for the Cusco School to express and manifest their creative potential. The development of the School and its rapid spread to the south of the continent is related to the social promotion of native Spaniards and their Creole descendants, who came to occupy important positions in the ecclesiastical and civil administration of the colonial administration.
The Cusco School is characterized by a painting focused on religious grounds of easy reading, where the rich brocades drawing and the intensity of the color palette used predominate. Religious reasons and European techniques blended with the indigenous reasons and techniques resulting in a rich and colorful artistic mix of the Peruvian Baroque.
One important feature of the Cusco school is that its artistic production was organized by workshops, in which its members specialized in a specific part of the canvas: the faces, hands, clothing, landscapes and flowers. The artistic production was collective to the extent that many of the work did not have a single author, but rather the result of a collective work of the members of the workshop or even various workshops.
This form of production has passed on from generation to generation, until this day some of the most important painting workshops of Peru still prevail.
The paintings that were displayed in the Olympus Gallery are the product of a new generation of artists of the Cusco school, representing different versions of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Immaculate Conception, The Sacred Family and San Miguel.
On November 16, thanked to Olympus Tours Linked –up program, Flight Centre and Liberty Travel Team Leaders visited the Education Center Kiin Beh located in Cristo Rey, a suburb of Playa del Carmen that even before 2011 had no schools or community services.
At the temporary facilities of the educational center the Team Leaders apart to spend time with the children, they donate a projector, sports equipment and they deliver construction materials to remodel the palapas that serve as classrooms. The children that attend the Kiin Beh center welcomed the visitors very enthusiastically and with thank you letters made by themselves.
The Kiin Beh Education Center provides a comprehensive bilingual education that allows underprivileged children to grow academically, emotionally and physically. Supported by the Foundation that bears the same name, the medium-term objective of this Education Center is to build a school that provides elementary, middle school and high school education that counts with all the necessary services for children to receive a good quality education.
Like every year, the Olympus Tours Foundation joined the Earth Hour, international movement that aims to create awareness among the population about climate change and the importance of saving energy and stop natural disasters because of global warming.
In this edition of Earth Hour Olympus Tours Foundation has participated as sponsor, and promoting the participation of students of middle and high school education.
The event took place on March 19 in Plaza de la Reforma, in the center of Cancun where students, children and families gathered to participated in various activities that the Organizing Committee assembled to commemorate this date.
As part of the activities talks were held regarding taking care of water and non-renewable natural resources and other issues related to the care of the environment in our community.
Some families attended the event with bicycles, skates and skateboards to join the tour which took place in Tulum and Nader avenues, two of the main avenues of this touristic city.
The event ended at around 8:00 pm, moment when the lights went out and the square was lit with candles that formed the image 60+.
On October 21st, as part of the annual leadership conference Flight Centre Travel Group, in coordination with Olympus Tours Foundation offered a day of volunteer work to improve the space of the Association of Parents with Mentally Handicapped Children in Cancun (APAFHDEM).The Association provides occupational opportunities to mentally disabled young- adults in Cancun promoting their full development and integration as productive members of society. 65 product managers from around the world joined efforts to paint part of the spaces where piñata making workshops are held.
The enthusiastic executives also donated raincoats, waist bags, board games and a significant amount of material to paint and improve the basketball court of APAFHDEM. To show their gratitude the disabled young taught their visitors how the piñatas are made in a very pleasant atmosphere.
This activity demonstrates that the language barrier is not an obstacle when the goal is to share smiles and help others.
The presentation of the book “How to optimize your involvement in One day to give, the experience of Cancun 2014”, took place on Wednesday the 23rd of September on the Olympus Tours Foundation premises. This book provides tools and tips for civil associations, on how to take advantage and maximize this global movement, which aims to promote solidarity actions.
According to Anita Gallagher, promoter of this movement in Cancun, 160 organizations in Mexico, 50 of them from Cancun, took part in 2014.
One day to give is a movement which summons individuals, families, group of friends, schools and companies to donate either money, in-kind, or with voluntary work to support the cause of their choice.
This 2015 One day to give, will take place on December2nd.
On Sunday, September 20th the Olympus Tours Foundation took part of the International Cleaning of Beaches, event that took place on several beaches in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.
On this occasion, the Olympus Tours team was comprised of over 50 volunteers of Olympus Tours employees and their families as well as students and their parents of the International American School (IAS), who combed the beaches of Isla Blanca in search of waste thrown out by the sea or sadly by visitors who carelessly leave their trash.
The International cleaning of beaches is an event promoted all over the world by the Ocean Conservancy Organization and coordinated since 2009 by Arsa Caribe in the state of Quintana Roo.
2015 is the Olympus Tours fourth year of involvement and the second year of being host for the press conference, which convenes local authorities, media, school representatives, companies and civil society organizations.
On Monday the 20th of July the projection of the documentary “Free China and the courage to believe” was shown in the Olympus Tours Foundation facilities.
This documentary film reveals the violation of human rights in China and the persecution of the practitioners of Falun Gong by the Chinese government.
Directed by Michael Perlman it has been granted important awards in international film festivals.
On Friday July 10th an economic donation was granted to three of the athletes who represented Mexico in swimming competitions in the World Games of the Special Olympics which took place in Los Angeles, California from the 25th of July to the 2nd of August. These young athletes belong to Astra Cancun, a civil association who works with people with autism and other similar disorders, which trough its sports program aims to integrate them to society as productive citizens, in acceptance, respect and equality.
On August 26th, at the Olympus Gallery, the main offices of our Foundation, the graduation ceremony from the Comprehensive Sex Education Training Program was held, which was organized by the association on sexual education in Cancun SEEDSSA.
As part of the support provided by Olympus Tours Foundation for the training and professionalization of civil society organizations working with different groups living in vulnerable conditions, last April, 2014 two scholarships were awarded to young people in our community to attend the first Training Course on Sex Education which was offered in Quintana Roo.
Among the topics discussed in the modules of the course were sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, dating violence, use of contraception and HIV prevention.
The event was held on June 9th at the Olympus Tours Foundation headquarters in Cancun whereby the institutions that participated in the Ocean Conservancy organized effort were recognized.
During the event, Alejandra Lopez Roman, National Coordinator of Ocean Conservancy announced the results of the International Coastal Cleanup 2014 to representatives of companies, public institutions, schools and the media and recognized those who have participated in this environmental campaign for five consecutive years.
Among the data provided by Alejandra Lopez it is noted that Mexico ranks 9th among countries with the highest number of volunteers and Quintana Roo the state with the largest number of volunteers participating in this event, with more than 25 000 kids, teens and families.
The next international beach clean up will take place on September 20th and Olympus Tours will of course, be present.
The Olympus Tours Foundation had the opportunity to collaborate with the Club de los Años Dorados (Golden Years Club), a civil organization that helps the elderly, by providing gifts for the club’s annual Mother’s Day raffle.
As part of the festivities about 200 people enjoyed the raffle, a meal and a special show. On this occasion, Olympus Tours was also honored to be part of the celebration by providing two double invitations for a delicious dinner aboard a Spanish galleon.
The Golden Years Club is a day center for elderly people living in Cancun. Their facility receives more than 150 pensioners every day who take part in various artistic, recreational and health promoting activities.
On Saturday April 25th Olympus Tours and the Olympus Tours Foundation organized an event with various activities, games and fun for the children of the Olympus family in Cancun.
The event was held in Kabah Park and attended by the children and their parents. The first contest was for yoyos followed by a rally organized by those students from Conalep Cancun II, who have scholarships from the Foundation and the moms and dads with their kids teamed up to complete the challenges.
The rally called “Challenge to take care of the environment”, aimed to familiarize participants with the basic principles of using, developing and disposal of solid waste. This is an issue that Olympus Tours has been working on for a couple of years on, together with its staff and now with this type of activity is trying to pass along the message to their families.
After the rally everyone enjoyed the musical Drums in Paradise, where they also got a chance to learn about rare musical instruments like a banjo and a gong among others. The day ended with lunch, cake and a lot of smiling faces.
On Monday April 20th a workshop called “Meet the potential of your organization” was held at the Olympus Gallery, home of the Foundation. The workshop was aimed at social organizations in Cancun and how to assess the actions of their programs in order to further their goals.
Among the participating organizations were the Association Gilberto, Apafhdem, Fundación Ciudad de la Alegría, Fundación Palace as well as organizations from Playa del Carmen. This course was the first of a series aimed at contributing to the professionalization of the civil society organizations working in the State of Quintana Roo.
On Friday April 17th Mr. Lakis Charalambous, the President of Olympus Tours Foundation, delivered desks to La Escuelita purchased by the Foundation with donations from Team Leaders of GOGO Vacations, an Olympus tours business partner. Students at La Escuelita can now enjoy school more comfortably and productively.
La Escuelita is an organization that teaches boys and girls who for various reasons cannot enter the formal education system. It is located in the Bonfil, one of Cancun’s most contrasting neighborhoods.
On Saturday March 28th the Olympus Tours Foundation participated, as it does every year, along with other civil societies in Cancun in Earth Hour with the goal to raise awareness about climate change.
Among the activities that took place was a night race, starting from the beginning of the Hotel Zone in downtown Cancun (locally known as “Kilometro zero”), and ending at kilometer 4.5. Following the race the lights in the Garden of Art were symbolically turned off.
Along with these activities the Olympus Tours offices also turned off all lights at the appropriate hour, between 8:30 and 9:30 pm.
Earth Hour is an international movement created to draw the attention of citizens, businesses, governments and civil society organizations to the causes of climate change and its effects on Earth and our daily lives.
On Friday March 27th the Olympus Tours Foundation participated in a panel discussion titled “Civil Society Organizations work for public safety in Cancun” within the framework of the Universidad del Caribe (University of the Caribbean’s) XVI Week on Human Development.
The XVI Human Development Week’s objectives were to explore the many possibilities for citizens to participate in social change and promote active and democratic contribution as well as support university students in the preparation of proposals for human development.
In addition to the Olympus Tours Foundation there were also representatives of the Servicio, Educación, Sexualidad Y Salud A. C. (SEEDSSA) and the Centro Integral de Atención a las Mujeres A.C. (CIAM). They shared their experiences working and talking with university students about the many possibilities we have, both as individuals and a society to participate in the safety of our environment.
On March 20th, Team Leaders from GOGO Vacations, a U.S. based tour operator and part of the Flight Centre international group helped us donate food supplements to the Learning to Live with HIV AIDS organization here in Cancun.
Alejandra Lara Hernández, director of the organization, said the food supplements will be delivered to people with HIV or AIDS without the financial resources to provide themselves with this kind of indispensable help in fighting the illness.
Learning to Live with HIV AIDS is a local organization in Cancun that provides assistance and support to people with HIV AIDS and their families.
On March 13th the Olympus Tours Foundation, within the framework of the “Camino Compartido” (Shared Path) program, donated clothes, shoes and various household items collected during our fundraising campaign among employees and customers to Manos de Apoyo and Vida.
Manos de Apoyo and Vida (“Hands of support and life”), is an organization, located in the region 236 of Cancun, whose mission is to provide support and services to low income people, through programs and projects that motivate them to realize their potential to develop meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.
“Shared Path” is a program that aims to support, through financial donations and or in kind, to civil society organizations working with children and young people of Cancun living in vulnerable conditions.
From the 21st to the 28th of February the International Festival of Public Art (FIAP) was held in Cancun. Olympus Tours and the Foundation participated as a sponsors and offered an outside wall of our premises to house the work of Brazilian artist Narcélio Grud. The FIAP 2015 is intended to promote Cancun as an international showcase of public art and contribute to the development of art tourism in the city.
For a week, twenty local and foreign artists worked in various public spaces in the city contributing murals, installations and artistic interventions that reflected their vision of Cancun, its inhabitants and its multicultural background.
Case in point is the mural done by Narcélio Grud at our offices entitled “Union”. The mural consists of five asexual ‘’beings’’, half human half alien, emerging from some kind of liquid portals. The first figure is alone and seems to be searching for something on the right, two emerging figures that seem to recognize each other and finally in the center, two beings so close to one another that one´s hands merge with the other´s chest, blurring the concept of individuality.
These ‘’beings’’, as Narcelio calls them, are recurring figures in his work and symbolize the men and women of all races, colors and nationalities. Usually portrayed touching and merging, they give us a few clues about Narcélio´s interests as an artist and person: primarily understanding otherness.
Otherness, according to the Real Academia de la Lengua, is “the condition of being another”. And in the mural painted by Narcélio at Olympus Tours, otherness is expressed in each of these beings, “those others at the end”, as Octavio Paz in Piedra de Sol would say, are ourselves.
Narcélio Grud is from Fortaleza, a Brazilian city “much like Cancun, known for its tourism and also having spectacular skies”. He studied interior design but his tastes and interests soon led him down the path of art.
He is a graffiti artist and muralist, he creates sound installations and makes musical instruments sui generis, inventor, set designer, artistic promoter and above all a warm and restless explorer of the human spirit.
Among the aesthetic concerns of Narcélio is research on the role of the spectator in receiving the artwork, therefore, many of his work goes from being an observer to active participation in the artistic process.
He is of the opinion that urban art helps to make people happy because not only does it beautify and therefore makes our surroundings more livable, but also serves to communicate or causes us to reflect on issues and problems concerning the inhabitants of any city, something which speaks of the deep social commitment of the artist.
Like our Foundation and Olympus Tours, Narcélio is convinced that companies have a very important role in society, as their responsibility focuses not only to being an employer but improving quality of life for everybody, and a way of doing this is by bringing art to the community.
So remember, the next time you visit Cancun do not forget to take a stroll down the city streets and admire the murals and other artwork that FIAP has brought to us. And if you want a look at Narcélio’s mural you’ll find it at our location on Yaxchilan Avenue, near the corner of Kabah.
For the second time, this February the Olympus Tours Foundation has given out five scholarships to students attending the Conalep Cancun II upper secondary education school. The scholarships were awarded after a socio economic study that determined the needs for all the involved students.
Besides awarding the scholarships, as part of our “Estudiar sí es posible” program, the Olympus Foundation also participates with principals, teachers and representative of companies and other educational institutes in the schools liaison committee.
This committee facilitates effective and organized participation between different parts of the community to better help and improve students.
During this school year the Olympus Tours Foundation also is a part of the Resourcing and Support Commission. The committee’s main functions are to promote and support the sale of services and training, promote the collection of donations, deliver grants and economic stimuli and promote the school’s, its students and alumni’s image.
The “Health Challenge Olympus 2015″ started on Tuesday February 17th, an activity that is part of our overall “Health and Wellness” project which aims to help improve the physical and mental health of our employees.
The “Health Challenge Olympus 2015″ is a contest for weight loss that lasts three months. It started on Tuesday February 17th and will end on Monday, May 18th. During this period, participants will receive email information about healthy eating and exercise tips for a safe and fun workout. There will also be presentations from nutritionists organized by Olympus Tours.
Beyond the competition as such, the goal of this project is to promote better eating habits and help incorporate physical activity into everyday life for the employees of Olympus Tours.
According to the Ministry of Health, obesity is a major public health problem in our country. Twenty five percent of occupational disabilities and disorders are obesity related, it causes costs of between 22% and 34% on family income and three out of four hospital beds are occupied by patients with obesity related illnesses. “Health Challenge Olympus 2015″ and the “Health and Wellness” program are part of Olympus Tours’ social responsibility strategy coordinated by the Olympus Tours Foundation and showcase the company’s commitment to welfare.
On February 2nd Olympus Tours Foundation accompanied the young people of Apafhdem to eat tamales, a popular traditional food in Mexico on Candelmas day, also known as the Virgin of Candelaria ´s Day.
According to Christian beliefs this is the day to celebrate the Virgin Mary’s purification and is the same day when the infant Christ was presented before the temple in Jerusalem. The tamales eaten during the festivities symbolize the offering Joseph and Mary brought to the temple when presenting the child Jesus.
Apafhdem is a non profit organization in Cancun that provides occupational opportunities to intellectually disabled people.
The “20 years of Olympus Tours” exhibition was inaugurated on Wednesday, December 10th, and through photographs, banners, acknowledgements and various promotional materials, illustrates some of the most memorable moments from the company’s and its foundation´s history.
Olympus Tours was established in Cancun in 1994 and 20 years later has expanded to multiple locations in the Mexico, the Dominican Republic and shortly to Panama.
This exhibition, inaugurated by its president Mr. Lakis Charalambous, is not only a way to celebrate our company´s 20 year journey, it is also a way to show our gratitude for the effort and goodwill of all the amazing people in the past and present that helped make Olympus Tours what it is today.
The opening of the exhibition coincided with our posada, in which Mary´s and Joseph´s pilgrimage in search of posada prior to Jesus birth was represented. An opportunity for all our employees and their families to get together and celebrate. Everyone was able to savor a warm ponche and some tasty tamales. The event concluded with the breaking of the piñatas.
December just arrived and of course the last month of the year includes the posadas, the gifts and the joy of Christmas. In the spirit of the season and to be part of the happiness of children and young people from different organizations of Cancún, the Olympus Tours Foundation has offered the following support and donations:
• A financial donation to the Capec association which works with children with limited resources and suffer from diabetes. This donation helped the association organize the posada, where sweets were replaced with fruit and vegetables.
• A donation to Seedssa, an organization whose objective is to promote the education of young people, especially on issues of sexual and reproductive rights. Again the donation was used for their posada which included over four hundred young people, and was an opportunity to give information on the responsible exercise of sexuality.
• Gifts to students and teachers of “La Escuelita”, a special school located on the colony of Bonfil that gives regular classes to children and teenagers who, for various reasons, don´t have the privilege of enrolling in the formal education system.
• Financial donation to the “Huellas de Pan” association for the celebration of its posada.
• Candy and treats for the children and teachers of “La Burbuja”, a daycare that depends on the DIF and which has, for several years now, been our Foundations “goddaughter”.
The Olympus Tours Foundation is participating in GivingTuesday, a movement celebrated by many around the world. This is a chance to give back to the community for both individuals and organizations. Our Foundation is planning the following and encourages you as well to take part.
Provide transportation for the children of “There is Life in my Dreams Zacatecas, A.C.” while visiting Cancun.
This is an organization dedicated to helping children with terminal illnesses from the state of Zacatecas. A group of children will visit Cancunto fulfill their dream to look at the ocean and Olympus Tours Foundation will support the realization of this dream by providing their transportation on December 2nd.
Participate in a football tournament to benefit the Jorge Alann Foundation for Children with Autism
Our Foundation will be represented by colleagues from Olympus Tours on December 6th and all proceeds generated by the tournament will be donated to the Jorge Alann Foundation.
Donation to the “Learning to Live with HIV AIDS” organization
This donation will be offered by Olympus Tours in conjunction with one of its most important partners; GOGO Vacations. On December 9th, the two companies will visit the headquarters of “Learning to Live with HIV AIDS” to deliver special food supplies containing essential supplements to strengthen the immune system of those affected by this disease.
As its name implies, “Learning to Live with HIV AIDS” is working with HIV positive people and their families, offering support in a variety of ways.
GivingTuesday, is a global movement celebrating the spirit of giving back. Companies, schools, foundations and social organizations in Cancun are promoting the importance of generosity and this is your chance to take part.
On October 6, we gave the first scholarships provided from the Olympus Tours Foundation to students of Conalep II (National College for Professional Technical Education) in Cancun. Scholarships are a key part of the collaboration agreement between the Foundation and this educational institution. As the signed agreement the criteria was established the for awarding these scholarships. On this first occasion, the scholarships were given to students of Graphic and Digital Arts, and Informatics.
The Olympus Tours Foundation identifies education as one of the important issues in Mexico. According to unofficial figures, in our country, only seven out of ten young people graduate from middle school and gain entry to high school. Of these, 23% leave the school in the first year and those who remain, 10% drop out before completing their high school studies.
With these figures in mind, Olympus Tours Foundation devised the “Study is Possible Program”, aiming to help young people complete their studies.
On September 24th, the day of Mercedes, a special celebration day in the Dominican Republic, was the moment that Olympus Tours Foundation, a Mexican civil nonprofit association, performed its first services outside the Mexican territory.
Led by partners Olympus Tours and GOGO Vacations, one of the tour operators most renowned in the United States and part of the international group Flight Centre, visited the suburban community known as “Haiti Chiquito,” located in the vicinity of Bavaro Punta Cana, which was recently the victim of a fire that consumed 32 homes, affecting 64 families who most unfortunately lost everything.
A month after the fateful event, many of the inhabitants of “Haiti Chiquito” still have nowhere to live, so GOGO Vacations Team Leaders donated building materials (cement, bricks, blocks etc.) to contribute to the reconstruction of homes affected and the gradual normalization of life of survivors, whom still despite their current living conditions, keep hope, joy and zest for life.
Besides delivering donations, Martin, Brian, Blessed, Kimberly, Mary, Regina, Rachel and Timothy, GOGO Team Leaders, along with Olympus Foundation volunteers visited together, shared food and played with the children.
The last activity of the day was the delivery of school supplies to the students of the Juanillo school, an educational institution that has worked as a promoter to assist the enrichment of life for many people in the community; study and shared classes, children and adults who for some reason have not completed their studies. The children received school supplies and shared with visitors their dreams and plans for “when they grow up.”
With this activity, Olympus Tours, through its Foundation, GOGO Worldwide Vacations, both reaffirmed the commitment of their respective companies to improve the quality of life in the communities where they operate.
On Sunday, October 21st, under the International Beach Cleanup Day, students and relatives of the American International School and Conalep Cancun II participated in the collection and separation of waste carried out in the area of Isla Blanca, north of Cancun. With this action, we initiated the workshop “Creative Reuse of Waste” featuring the Olympus Tours Foundation to produce art objects from debris found on the beaches of Cancun.
This workshop of Olympus Tours Foundation aims to contribute to the awareness of children and teenagers about the importance of keeping beaches clean, a natural heritage of Cancun habitants, andat the same time that the objects we traditionally call “junk” can have a life after serving the function for which they were created.
The “Creative Reuse of Waste” workshop will be held every Saturday in October at the Olympus Gallery, main office of our foundation.
Responding to the call of the international organization Ocean Conservancy, on Sunday September 21st Olympus Tours Foundation, along with dozens of other companies, educational institutions, civil society organizations and public agencies, participated in the 29th edition of the International Coastal Cleanup that was organized in Cancun.
Members of Olympus Tours and their families participated in cleaning up Playa Marlin, showing their whole hearted commitment and the company’s philosophy for the care and conservation of the environment.
Olympus Tours Foundation, apart from the work crew on the beach, provided its facilities for the press conference this year, where the people of Cancun were invited to participate in the annual beach cleanup campaign.
International Beaches Cleanup Day has been instituted by the Ocean Conservancy, and is celebrated in over one hundred countries. On this day, thousands of people collect all kinds of garbage and solid waste from beaches and rivers, identifying their sources in order to modify the behaviors that causes pollution.
On September 10th a group of team leaders and agents of GOGO Vacations, joined our Foundation staff to visit “La Escuelita”; this school serves over 100 children who were unable to enter the formal education system on a yearly basis.
The GOGO Vacation agents donated on behalf of their eastern office colleagues, school supplies and tables to “La Escuelita” students. In appreciation for this donation the children performed a dance, offered drawings and thank you letters to their GoGo Vacations sponsors.
La Escuelita (The Little School) located in Bonfil, one of the underprivileged areas of Cancun, is a place that welcomes children that for various reasons could not enter to formal schooling, providing regularization and daily breakfast. Currently, La Escuelita has 120 students, divided into different educational levels ranging from kindergarten to high school.
On the same day, Pamela Scott, Area Leader and the other GOGO Team Leaders from offices located in Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Kansas, among other cities, took advantage of their stay in Cancun to also visit the Foundation offices and make a financial donation.
We thank Pamela Scott, Colleen Adams, Pamela Cook, Brenda Fury, Carol Renzulla, Diana Cawley, Michelle Johnson, Teresa Renfroe, Lori Browe, Elizabeth Hunt and the all the GOGO Consultants that supported this noble caused and joined by donating school supplies to La Escuelita and Olympus Tours Foundation.
GOGO Vacations, is part of Flight Centre USA, the most important FIT Company in North America and one of the most important commercial partners of Olympus Tours.
On August 26th, at the Olympus Gallery, the main offices of our Foundation, the graduation ceremony from the was held, which was organized by the association on sexual education in Cancun SEEDSSA.
As part of the support provided by Olympus Tours Foundation for the training and professionalization of civil society organizations working with different groups living in vulnerable conditions, last April, 2014 two scholarships were awarded to young people in our community to attend the first Training Course on Sex Education which was offered in Quintana Roo.
Among the topics discussed in the modules of the course were sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, dating violence, use of contraception and HIV prevention.
On July 12th, 13th and August 3rd the association Doctores Del Humor, (“Doctors of Humor”) offered Balloon Twisting, Makeup and Laughter Therapy workshops for volunteers in the Olympus Gallery, main offices of our Foundation.
As part of the program to support organizations working with groups living in vulnerable conditions in Cancun and our program to offer our Gallery for training programs, our offices were filled with altruistic people excited about sharing love and joy to hospitalized children and adults.
On July 17, 2014, the Olympus Tours Foundation received, along with dozens of citizens, schools, and socially responsible companies a recognition for the participation and sponsorship of the International Coastal Cleanup held in Cancun in September 2013.
The recognition was for the employees of Olympus Tours and their families and student volunteers, who with the Olympus Tours Foundation, worked to raise awareness with Cancun’s youth about the importance of protecting and conserving the environment.
For 2014, the Foundation is preparing to join this important event organized by Ocean Conservancy and its local representative Arsa Caribbean.
As part of the support to the association Huellas de Pan, on Saturday July 4th, Olympus Tours Foundation provided transportation to the children who attended with the chairperson of the Association to visit the University Humanitas.
Huellas de Pan, each Saturday organizes artistic and cultural activities at the region 96 park of Cancun. The program includes workshops, visits and trips to places of educational interest.
From 17th to 20th of June, Olympus Tours Foundation joined for the first time PaLibrArte cultural festival, which took place for the fifth consecutive year in Cancun, thanks to the initiative and volunteer work of cultural promoters, poets, playwrights, journalists and other creative artists who offer educational workshops.
The headquarters of the Foundation, the Olympus Gallery has hosted the workshops, whose focus has been the promotion of reading, training the public and encourage young artists. Drama workshops, illustration, proofreading, editorial design, radio production, production of posters were delivered, amongst others.
The participation of students from different universities, colleges and high schools in the workshops has been very encouraging, showing that the young Cancunenses have interest in culture and its various manifestations.
As it is custom, every April 30, Olympus Tours Foundation celebrates the children of Cancun. This year we celebrated the day with members of two of the institutions, which we work closely; with “La Escuelita” and the Day Care “La Burbuja” ( The Bubble) We congratulated and we delivered a symbolic little gift to everyone on this day.
“La Escuelita” and “La Burbuja” are two spaces in Cancun that care and educate children while their parents work, fulfilling the important task of providing protection and care for a healthy growth.
On April 15, Olympus Tours Foundation in support of the fundraising efforts of Astra Cancun association, in occasion of the World Day for Autism, contributed for a raffle, donating complimentary tours complimentary tours to enjoy a day on a Catamaran sailing and swim with the dolphins at Isla Mujeres.
Astra Cancun is a civil nonprofit organization with over 15 year experience dedicated to promoting the welfare of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Offering services such as early detection and diagnosis, as well as developing skills of independence in the home, the community and at work.
On Sunday, March 30, the association of “Doctores Del Humor Cancun” (Doctors of the Humor Cancun) provided its course to train members of a new entry in the Olympus Gallery Foundation´s main office.
Altruistically, psychologists, teachers students, housewives and more made part of this association whose mission is to bring joy to people living under hard conditions; through gelo therapy bring joy to hospitalized children, their families and medical staff, relaxing the tension in the hospital.
The Olympus Tours foundation, congratulating the members of the civil association for his work, gladly offered their facilities for the training of new members.
On March 26, Olympus Tours Foundation contributed with the association “Huellas de Pan”, taking the children of this association to the theater, to enjoy the staging of “Pipi”, by Mexican award winning playwright Jaime Chabaud, presented on this occasion by Nuncamerlot Theater in B2B Cancun Hotel.
Olympus Tours vehicles transported the children who were full of excitement, and appreciated this wonderful work that addresses childhood fears, like monsters and family situations that occur when a new member joins the family.
“Huellas de Pan” is an organization that works to provide food to people with financial difficulties, including children and elderly people.
The Olympus Tours Foundation´s exhibition “Endangered Animals of Quintana Roo ” was released on February 5th at the Olympus Gallery where it is headquartered, to approach directly the children and youth in Cancun city. It´s journey began at the Technological University of Cancún, continued at the International American School of Cancun, AC and will continue to visit various schools.
The purpose of this exhibition is to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and conserving biodiversity, including state wildlife and serve as support material for teachers of the subjects of environmental education.
The Olympus Tours Foundation offered its´ support to the Center for Temporary Care DIF with the purchase of 40 tickets for the event held on February 14 in order to raise funds for this center in downtown Cancun where children in vulnerable situation are attended, mainly with problems of neglect, abuse and violence, as well as legal issues regarding custody.
The Foundation offered the tickets for its volunteers and their families to enjoy the presentation of the juvenile musical “Across the Universe”, with music by the Beatles.
On Friday 31 January students of the National College of Technical Professional Education, Conalep II, visited the exhibition “Animals of Quintana Roo endangered”, which aims to raise awareness among children and youth about the importance of conserving the natural heritage our state of Quintana Roo and Yucatan.
Students of the second, fourth and sixth semester of high school visited the exhibition as part of after school activities. This program seeks to improve the graduation profile of students with activities that complement their personal and professional development.
On Saturday, December 7, Olympus Tours Foundation invited middle and high school students of International American School of Cancun to participate in the Environmental Day at the “Burbuja”, children municipal daycare managed by the Department for Family Integration (DIF) located in the region 233 of Cancun and which the Foundation is a Godmother.
The workday was to reuse car tires as planters. The tires were cut, turned, painted and were ready for transplanting native plants of the region.
Students also cut the weeds and planted in the daycare garden native plants of the region supplied by the Department of Ecology of the municipality of Benito Juarez.
With this activity, the green area of the “Burbuja” was improved and taught students to reuse items that we normally consider “waste” once their usefulness ends.
On October 17th during the 4th Congress of Fortalece that was held in Cancun, the Olympus Tours Foundation was recognized by CEMEFI which stands for the Mexican Center for Philanthropy as it will soon receive the accreditation for its outstanding level of indicators and transparency for Social Organizations. CEMEFI is a non-profit association with over 20 years of experience that aims to promote a culture of philanthropy and social responsibility in Mexico and strengthen the organized participation of society.
This accreditation is the result of self-diagnosis and an evidence log that is reviewed and evaluated by CEMEFI with the purpose of impulsing the professionalism of the nonprofit sector of Mexico, provide certainty to donors and promote the transparency and accountability of organizations. On November this year, CEMEFI will grant this accreditation to the Olympus Tours Foundation and other 4 organization of Quintana Roo during their annual event where attend different foundations and organizations from the Civil Society throughout the country.
As part of the annual event held in the month of July in Cancun and Riviera Maya, involving almost 4000 travel agents worldwide, the global travel company based in Australia, Flight Centre LTD approved a major donation for programs to support underprivileged children and young people in Cancun through the Olympus Tours Foundation.
The donation check was handed over on September 16th by Dean Smith, president of Flight Centre USA during the annual celebration of Pride Partners Marketing Show Case in New York City. The President of the Olympus Tours Foundation Mr. Lakis Charalambous and Ms Leticia Franco, a member of the Board of the Foundation, received the donation and thanked the corporation for their generosity.
Attending the call of the international organization “Ocean Conservancy”, on Sunday September 8 Olympus Tours Foundation participated in the 28th edition of the campaign “International Coastal Cleanup Day” with many collaborators and a group of students from the “International American School of Cancun”, their participation with us cleaning up the beach was made as part of their community service program.
This time, the Olympus Tours Foundation brigade covered “Playa Tortugas” coast collecting plastic and glass bottles, cigarette butts, Styrofoam etc. Once the bags were filled out, the waste was separated and weighed for statistical purposes and for recycling programs.
For the Olympus Tours Foundation is always rewarding to participate in these kind of events in which we can see participating more and more of children, youth and families together.
On Friday, September 6, the Violence Prevention Network of Benito Juarez held its first Community Fair in the region 247 of Cancun, an event involving more than 15 institutions, among them, Olympus Tours Foundation.
In order to implement a planned working program in order to reduce violence rates in the medium and long term in vulnerable areas of the city, the participating organizations distributed information on topics as varied as human rights, good nutrition, sexual health and reproductive value formation in adolescents, addiction prevention, among others. While the event provided an opportunity to bring the services of each organization to the population concerned, for example, legal counseling, free HIV testing, etc.
According to the Urban Observatory of Social and Gender Violence in the municipality of Benito Juarez, the region 247 is one of the areas of Cancun with highest rate of violence against women and their children.
On Saturday May 18, students of the American International School of Cancun, as a part of their community service, collaborated with the Olympus Tours Foundation on the creation of a beautiful mural at “La Burbuja”, a municipal daycare managed by the Department for Family Integration (DIF) located in the region 233 of Cancun.
More than 20 students from middle and high school, along with their parents and staff of the Foundation, met at 9:00 in the morning armed with brushes and buckets of paint and developed a marine mural in which mermaids, turtles, and a variety of colorful fish will be a daily companion for the children who come daily to the facilities while their parents are at work.
This is one more of the activities that the Olympus Tours Foundation carried out as part of its commitment as an official sponsor of this organization since November 2011.
On April 30, 2013, Olympus Tours Foundation delivered a new stock of books for the reading workshop held by Mrs. Maria Sanchez, at the civil association “Los Años Dorados” (The Golden Years Club).
The Club provides the elderly adults in Cancun an endless list of different artistic cultural and recreational activities such as theater, yoga, singing or dancing lessons, among others.
Mrs. Maria Sanchez received on behalf of the members of The Golden Years AC the books that will enhance their library and allow them to enjoy quality time through reading.
On Friday April 26, 2013 Olympus Tours Foundation and Travelocity, one of the majors on line travel agency, joined efforts up to deliver food supplies for people with HIV AIDS.
Alejandra Lara Director of the civil association Learning to Live with HIV AIDS, received on behalf of the children and adults affected by this disease a total of 510 bottles of the nutritional supplement ensure, which will help to strengthen their immunological system.
The collecting was possible thanks to the motivated staff of Travelocity Global Partner Services Cancun, collaborators from the Valentin Imperial Hotel, Solaris, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Dreams Puerto Aventuras, Dreams Riviera Cancun, Excellence Playa Mujeres and Barceló Maya Beach Resort, who all together got organized for gathering funds to buy the supplements.
Olympus Tours Foundation wants to thank all the above mentioned, who just like us, believe that team work and solidarity are key ingredients to build a better society.
On Saturday, April 20, during the 7th session of the Council of Benito Juarez, the City´s Mayor Julian Ricalde, awarded Maria Elena Ortegon Ojeda with the medal for citizen achievement “Sigfrido Paz Paredes”
This medal was given for the first time in history in Cancun in the frame of the 43rd anniversary of the city´s foundation with the purpose of encouraging people to stand for their effort and dedication, making this destination a better place to live in.
The Mayor thanked and praised the work of the honoree Maria Elena Ojeda Ortegon president and founder of the civil partnership of Huellas De Pan who in 2009, with the help and unconditional support of her husband and children launched a fully benefiting care project towards the thousands of children, seniors and low income families in the municipality of Benito Juarez.
The General Citizen Council, the Urban Observatory Network and Olympus Tours Foundation were the institutions that supported Maria Elena to receive the medal “Sigfrido Paz Paredes”, which symbolizes the recognition from citizens to the people committed to the city and to the improvement of the quality of life of its inhabitants.
Olympus Tours Foundation congratulates Maria Elena, the association Huellas De Pan and the work they do every day, and for being an example of perseverance and love for those who are in need.
As every year, Olympus Tours Foundation actively participated in the “Hour of the Earth”, the international event driven by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which aims to raise public awareness about the need for action on climate change and contaminant emissions, as well as energy saving and reducing light pollution.
To issue this year, Olympus Tours Foundation sponsored and promoted the participation of the students from the International American School (IAS), such as friends and volunteers from the Foundation, to the various activities that the WWF office in Cancun and the General Direction of Ecology in the Municipality of Benito Juarez organized in the framework of this international event.
On Saturday, March 16th, along with volunteer students from the IAS, Olympus Tours Foundation participated in cleaning the beaches of Punta Brava in Puerto Morelos, an important nesting site for sea turtles.
On Saturday March 23rd at the time the Olympus Tours´ nonessential lights went out, the students and other friends of the Foundation attended the lights off event in the Plaza de la Reforma, and like every year, with this symbolic act, people, institutions and companies are showing their commitment to take concrete action over climate change.
Finally, on Sunday 24th, all of us replaced our motorized vehicles, for bicycles in order to “ecologically drive” the streets of the downtown area of Cancun.
On the past Saturday March 23rd the Olympus Gallery had the honor of receiving the boys and girls from Huellas De Pan, the civil association that works improving the quality of life of the children in Cancun by providing them with well balanced food at its community dining hall.
The children who took the guided visit of the exhibition Endangered species in Quintana Roo, are part of the initiative “Alimentación por la Educación” (Food for Education) which looks forward to eradicate malnutrition such as diminish the school dropout levels of the children in Cancun.
During this visit, the kids learned to identify the main reasons that put animals from the region in risk of extinction such as some of their particular behaviors.
At the end of the tour, the youngest ones participated in puzzle activities and the older ones tested their knowledge and observation skills by solving crosswords.
With this activity, Olympus Tours Foundation is adding to the program Culture Saturdays, organized by Huellas de Pan, therefore, the Gallery will be receiving soon, other groups from the Alimentación por la Educación initiative.
As a gesture of solidarity; Olympus Tours Foundation donated to UMOM New Day Center a Gift Certificate which includes transfer hotel airport hotel, a Sunset Adventure tour, and an ATV tour; all for two people, these activities complete a one week stay in Pueblo Bonito Rose in Cabo, Mexico.
In the upcoming days, UMOM New Day Center which works with the most vulnerable families in Arizona will auction the gift certificate donated by Olympus Tours Foundation, together with many other prizes, with the main purpose of raising funds to help them operating their programs. Best of luck to everyone!
On Wednesday March 20th the Henning family, from Kansas, Texas, along with Olympus Tours Foundation delivered food supplies for the over 90 students of “La Escuelita”, the school where regularization classes are held every day, located in Bonfil, one of the most contrasting areas in Cancun.
The Hennings´ donation will aid children and youngsters of the school to not only receive a proper education, but to have a full and nutritious breakfast on a daily basis as well.
We want to thank the Hennings for their generosity and also, Travel Concept for spreading with friends and clients, the will of helping people who need it the most.
If I can, you can.
As every year, Olympus Tours Foundation adds on to the Hour of the Earth, initiated and promoted by the WWF (The World Wide Fund for Nature) since 2007.
This event, taking place all over the globe, has the purpose of extending an invitation to people, governments, academic institutions, private and public enterprises and civil associations to join up in the commitment to take concrete actions towards climate change and global warming.
In the city of Cancun, for this year´s edition, The Benito Juarez City Hall, through the General Direction of the Department of Ecology, the WWF Mexico, and ARSA Caribe, have called and gathered associations, institutes, and companies to participate in the traditional “lights off”, with the permanent intention of sensitizing the public regarding the serious problem that the effect of climate change involves
As alternate activities to this main event, a beach cleaning day at Punta Brava is being organized, this is in the area of Puerto Morelos, an important eggs hatching spot for sea turtles. As well, The Knowledge Fair Expo, consisting in a series of educational stands, all directed towards the promotion of environmental care will be held at the Plaza De La Reforma in Cancun; and a Bicycle Day, which main objective is to encourage people to use this type of transportation more often.
Everything with the single intention of showing Mother Earth that some of us still care
On the past February 22nd 2013, Olympus Tours Foundation witnessed a big and important celebration: The 20th anniversary of APAFHDEM, a civil association that gives the intellectually disabled people in Cancun the opportunity to perform activities that help them being a productive part of the community.
To celebrate their two decades of hard work, the APAFHDEM staff, entertained the youngsters, their families and guests with a big cake, snacks and a show of the Xochiquetzal Folkloric Ballet.
One of the most exciting parts of the event was, indeed, the recognitions and thanks given by the kids of APAFHDEM to the people and institutions that have supported the organization throughout the years.
On behalf of the Olympus Tours Foundation, congratulations to the staff, the kids, friends and every single one of the institutions that collaborate with APAFHDEM and work every day to make our society, a better and more inclusive one. And thank you for letting us contribute with our share.
Because food and education are universal human rights, Olympus Tours Foundation 2013 endorses this commitment to the association Huellas de Pan and its “Food for Education” project, to contribute to performance and dropout prevention for children.
The “Huellas De Pan” initiative:
“Huellas De Pan” is a civil association that provides attention to society´s most vulnerable groups in the city of Cancun, regarding the feeding insecurity.
Where is it located?
In the 96th region of the city, one of the neighbourhoods with the highest levels of juvenile violence.
What is its main objective?
To provide nutritious food for these vulnerable groups, in order to improve their quality of life.
How is it achieved?
How many people have been beneficiated so far?
On 2011, 33, 956 food supplies were given, being the 60% for children, and the 40% for the elderly adults. On 2012, 40,500 food supplies were given, and 56 minors received food allowance.
Where does the support come from?
From companies, hotels, and people who donate either money or food, and from the profit earned on garage sales, and 2nd hand cloth sales organized by the association.
We seek to encourage more and more people to join this cause. With your help many children and elders will continue to receive the assistance they need, in order to see a brighter future.
If like us, you think that building a more just and united world is everyone’s job, we invite you to join us in the “Fundraising Campaign 2013″ and help build a better future for these children.
Sponsored by the Olympus Tours Foundation, whose one of its many purposes is to encourage the practice of sports in order to enjoy a high leveled quality of life, some members of its official group of volunteers participated on the “B.Transparent” race.
The competition took place on February 17 2013, in Puerto Cancun, and children, teenagers, women and entire families were part of it.
This race, on its 1st edition, was organized by the main committee of the “Citizen Participation for Transparency” association.
This association started in Cancun and it works towards the objective of promoting and practicing the transparency and clear accountability in all the government departments in order to build a corruption free society.
The Foundation´s racing team proudly represented us, participating in the 5 kilometer category for adults. Great job, guys
On Friday February 8th Travelocity, one of the biggest travel agencies in the U.S., along with the Olympus Tours Foundation, delivered the donation of food supplies that will help strengthen the immune system of people with HIV AIDS, to the Association “Learning to Live with HIV AIDS”.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Alejandra Lara, Director of “Learning to Live with HIV AIDS” received a total of 296 bottles of feeding supplement that the Travelocity´s staff gathered during the campaign held in December 2012.
These bottles donated, will help considerably in the enhancement of the health of those women and children who need it.
With this action, the travel agency reaffirms its support to the Foundation, and its commitment with the most unprotected families in Cancun.
Thank you Travelocity
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On the past January 31st 2013, the Adairs a family from Kansas answered the calling from the Travel Concepts Agency, for the support of the civil associations that the Olympus Tours Foundation cooperates with.
During their stay in Puerto Morelos Mexico, the Adairs took some time to visit and deliver a donation in cash and kind to “La Escuelita”, located in Bonfil, Cancun, and directed by Sonia Cerda, who turned her home into a school that provides regularization classes, and full breakfast every day, for students who haven´t had the opportunity to enter a formal school due to financial problems, or the lack of the necessary documents.
As a gesture of appreciation, the boys and girls from “La Escuelita” celebrated Jeffrey Adair´s birthday, who was truly surprised with a cake and the traditional “mañanitas”. It was certainly, an unusual celebration and the Adairs enjoyed it very much.
The Adair family´s donation is one link more added to the big chain of people and companies that as Travel Concepts support civil organizations towards the improvement of the life conditions of children and families in Cancun, who need it.
So, one more time, and on behalf of all the boys and girls from “La Escuelita”: Thank you Adair family
Fully committed with the support for the civil association “Learning to Live with HIV AIDS”, on the past January 25th 2013, along with members of the Olympus Tours Foundation, Denise Canon, President of the travel agency Travel Concepts based in Kansas City, visited some of the associations that the Foundation works with, developing different projects.
Denise Canon handed a donation in cash and kind to “Learning to Live with HIV AIDS”, whose mission is, on one side, to improve as best as possible the quality of life of the people who are carriers of this disease, especially who have no economical means; and on the other side, to contribute by educating the public to prevent the spread of it.
She had the opportunity to familiarize with the other projects and associations such as “Huellas de Pan” and “la Escuelita”, both actively supported by the Foundation.
Olympus Tours Foundation feels proud to have this new ally in its commitment for building a much more just and united world.
Thank you Travel Concepts
During 2013 Olympus Tours Foundation is committed to keep supporting the association “Aprendiendo a Vivir con VIH SIDA” (Learning to Live with HIV AIDS), an organization that works to improve the quality of life of children and people living with this disease in Cancun.
Where is it located?
The association is located in S.M. 59 of Cancun´s downtown area.
What is its main objective?
To contribute with the improvement in the quality of life of the people who carry this terrible disease and their families, such as to provide the proper education for children and teenagers in Cancun, in order to prevent the spread of it.
How is the objective achieved?
* By organizing groups of self help or support for children and women.
* Providing professional psychological assistance.
* Providing nutritional information and alternative medicine.
* Promoting handcrafts making, and other productive activities.
* Supporting those families of lower resources with medicine or funerary services.
* Organizing informative events in schools of every level, from elementary to college.
* Providing quick HIV test results.
What is the importance of this Project?
The answer is more than obvious: This non profit organization works every day, assisting people with low resources (or none at all) whose life has dramatically changed due to this disease, and at the same time strives to sensitize the public regarding contagion.
How many people have been beneficiated?
Nowadays, after 14 years of efforts, “Learning to Live with HIV AIDS” has attended over 120 families, and with the help and collaboration of more volunteers, more donations, and more participation of different companies, the project continues to grow every day.
If like us, you think that building a more just and united world is everyone’s job, we invite you to join us in the “Fundraising Campaign 2013″.
As part of the “Recreation and Coexistence” program, on January 11, the Olympus Tours Foundation´s Wise Kings stopped at “La Escuelita” and “Huellas De Pan” to drop a special delivery toys and shoes for the children of these two associations.
Early morning, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar, delivered shoes for more than 90 boys and girls who go every day to take regularization classes and full breakfast as well, to “La Escuelita”, located in Bonfil, another of the most contrasting and vulnerable areas in Cancun.
Right before sunset, our Wise Kings went to the main park of the Region 96, where children from the “Huellas De Pan” dining hall, were anxiously expecting them. They received their presents and each one of the kids had the opportunity to get a picture with their favourite Wise King.
These two events, would not have been possible if it weren´t for the selfless participation of the Olympus Tours collaborators who generously donated the presents, and our Three Wise Kings of course. Thank you all