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***Bonaire Pavilion Exhibitors Donate Their Furniture Post DEMA Show***
Kralendijk, Bonaire – The members of the Bonaire Pavilion donated their furniture and other materials they used while exhibiting at DEMA Show 2014 to four local charities. The Show took place in Las Vegas, NV from November 19-22, 2014 and was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
This year, the Bonaire Pavilion exhibitors decided to take their conservation practices to another level and to bring them from Bonaire to Las Vegas. Rather than discarding the chairs, tables, cabinets, and other items including plants and a printer that were used during the trade show, arrangements were made in advance for a nonprofit organization to pick everything up and to deliver it all to their affiliated charities.
“By donating all our furniture and accessories to the local nonprofits for their reuse, we ensured that Bonaire left its footprint in the community and most importantly, in a very positive way,” said Ethsel Pieternella, Director of Tourism for Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “This is a practice that we intend to duplicate at future trade shows in the USA where possible.”
The charitable organizations that received the furniture donations work with and serve victims of human trafficking in the Las Vegas area. They are:
Be A Voice
The mission of Be A Voice is to bring awareness, training and prevention to combat human trafficking and exploitation of minors. The organization’s vision was birthed during a meeting with the captain of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department when statistics showed that 30% of children sold into prostitution is done so by a family member.
The Destiny House is a free program that was founded to help women who are looking for the opportunity to escape from and reestablish their lives outside of the sex industry (commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking). The estate is on over 2 acres of lush landscape and has the capability to house 30 women.
Purple W.I.N.G.S. is an organization devoted solely to help at-risk girls particularly those facing the challenges of: poverty, failing or dropping out of school, promiscuity, the sex-trade industry, sex-trafficking, violence, and other negative traps. They help those facing challenges to ultimately use their personal power to reach their goals and dreams.
The Center 4 Peace
The Center 4 Peace is a place to create future peacemakers and non-violent leaders. The Center for Peace’s mission is to create a safe environment to teach and learn about empowering and peaceful choices for youth and families whose lives have been touched by violence.
The Bonaire Pavilion exhibitors that participated in this post DEMA Show activity were: Bonaire EcoExperience, Bonaire Hotel & Tourism Association (BONHATA), Captain Don’s Habitat,Den Laman Condominiums, Dive Friends Bonaire, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino,Insel Air, Sand Dollar Condominium Resort, Tourism Corporation Bonaire and VIP Diving.
Getting to Bonaire…
Delta operates a weekly non-stop flight to/from Atlanta on Saturdays and an additional weekly non-stop flight to/from Atlanta on Fridays. After December 19, 2014, Delta will operate two weekly non-stop flights to/from Atlanta on Saturdays.
United Airlines operates weekly non-stop flights to Bonaire from Houston, TX and from Newark, NJ (the Newark flight is seasonal). As the schedule can vary from either a Friday or Saturday departure from the USA, please visit United.com the most current flight information.
Other flights from North America generally arrive in Curacao or Aruba; Insel Air flies from Charlotte, NC and Miami, FL to Bonaire via Curacao. Flights between Bonaire, Aruba and Curacao are available onInsel Air and Divi Divi Air flies between Bonaire and Curacao.
Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most abundant fish population in the Caribbean. World renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is also ideal for adventurers and explorers as it offers a myriad of eco-adventure activities from sea and mangrove kayaking to windsurfing or kite boarding and more. For those who want to kick back and relax, not having traffic lights on the island makes it easy to stroll into town or hop on a scooter or bike to peruse the island at their own pace. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to intimate guesthouses, small inns and private villas.
For 21 consecutive years in Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, Bonaire has been selected as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic. This year, it received 10 awards. It was also voted number one for Macro Diving and Beginner Diving in the Reader’s Choice Awards and the number one dive destination for 24/7 Diving in the Top 100 Gold List. Bonaire’s Marine Park was also named one of the Caribbean’s Best Places for Snorkeling by Frommer’s. Currently, Bonaire is ranked at #5 on the list of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards Top 10 Caribbean Islands.
For more information on Bonaire, contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire at 1-800 BONAIRE, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Bonaire’s official web site at www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.