VACATION ASSISTANCE: The big draws at the Travel and Adventure Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Feb. 11-12 are celebs like “Amazing Race” host Phil Keoghan and travel writer Rick Steves. But there will be two Silicon Valley students with a booth on the exhibitor floor with an idea that deserves some attention, too.
William Healzer of Bellarmine College Prep and Shai Bardin of Gideon Hauser Day School in Palo Alto have started a group called “Travelers Fighting Hunger,” and they’re challenging people to devote 15 minutes or more to the hungry on their next vacation. And if people send in their stories and photos of helping the hungry, they’ll publish them on their website, www.travelersfightinghunger.com.
In a statement on their website, Shai says she visited a Masai village in Africa last December and saw a level of poverty she had never seen before. “Seeing the look on the faces of the villagers who didn’t have enough food to feed themselves was what first inspired me to problem-solve with William to figure out a way for people to help feed the hungry while they are traveling around the world,” she said.