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Intrepid Travel raises $600k to support Morocco earthquake recovery


The travel community has dug deep to provide emergency and ongoing relief to help the African nation get back on its feet.

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake in September claimed more than 2,900 lives.

Intrepid Travel has raised more than $600,000 to support communities in Morocco affected by the devastating earthquake earlier this month, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives.

The emergency appeal launched by Intrepid’s not-for-profit arm, The Intrepid Foundation, has been a huge success, with Australians embracing the cause to support local people in the areas worst affected.

“Intrepid Travel was founded on the idea of using travel as a force for good and giving back to the places we visit,” said Intrepid Travel’s Morocco-based Managing Director EMEA, Zina Bencheikh.

READ: What was it like on the ground during the Morocco earthquake?

“Morocco has always been close to the hearts of our travellers and our team at Intrepid, and this is our chance to give something back,” Bencheikh said.

The Intrepid Foundation's fundraising will provide essential supplies to affected Moroccan people.

“The support from the Intrepid community has been amazing and we’re so grateful for their generosity.”

All funds raised will go directly to two grassroots organisations. The High Atlas Foundation is providing emergency relief in the High Atlas Mountains, transporting essential supplies to people in need.

Meanwhile, Education for All will be rebuilding their boarding houses used to allow girls in the Atlas Mountains to continue their education.

On top of the funds raised by donors, The Intrepid Foundation has pledged to donate $100,000 while covering the foundation’s administrative costs, ensuring 100 per cent of donations go directly to recovery efforts on the ground.

The Morocco Earthquake Appeal was the second disaster relief effort spearheaded by Intrepid Travel, after the company raised more than $308,000 for residents of Türkiye and Syria after an earthquake struck the countries back in February.

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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 10 October 2023

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