Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina Partners with “Pack for a Purpose” to Support Local BVI Autism Centre
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (March 27, 2014) – Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina – the newest luxury private-island resort in the British Virgin Islands – has partnered with Pack for a Purpose, whose mission is to positively impact communities around the world by helping travelers make meaningful contributions to destinations they visit. Through this partnership, Scrub Island Resort has chosen to support the BVI Autism Centre which is dedicated to supporting families affected by autism spectrum disorders. To participate, travelers coming to Scrub Island Resort need only dedicate as little as five pounds of their available luggage allowance for supplies requested by the Autism Centre, such as books, toys, art supplies, and other items. Guests who choose to bring more than 5 pounds, may bring as much as they’re inspired to. Guests simply unpack when they arrive at the resort and the supplies are taken directly to the BVI Autism Centre. The BVI is the 55th country registered to support Pack for a Purpose and Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is the first lodging partner to offer the program in the area. A full list of requested supplies can be found at http://www.packforapurpose.org/destinations/caribbean/british-virgin-islands/scrub-island-resort-spa-marina
“We’re proud to be partnering with Pack for a Purpose and hope we’re the first of many to do so here in the BVI,” says Scott Ward, Director of Sales and Marketing for Scrub Island Resort. “Many of our guests are very involved in philanthropies and charities at home, and this new program offers an easy and enormously rewarding way for them to extend their generosity to this island community they love.”
Supplies brought in by Scrub Island Resort guests will go to the BVI Autism Centre, which was established in 2012 and provides services to persons with autism to aid them in reaching their full potential. The Centre offers a safe and nurturing environment in which children and adults receive individualized support towards the achievement of their personalized goals, particularly in the areas of cognitive, social, and life skills. Adults receive training in functional literacy and numeracy as well as social and independent living skills. Early intervention is provided for young children and all children participate in sessions which aid their language development, cognitive skills, social skills or whatever other skills need to be developed. The staff at the Centre also offers support to families and schools in the form of training, modeling of good practice, and making of resources.
The idea behind Pack for a Purpose formed during founders Rebecca and Scott Rothney’s first trip to Africa, when they realized they had more than 100 pounds of available luggage space based on the airline’s allowance. By contacting their safari company they were able to identify a local school and filled the remainder of their luggage with badly needed supplies. Saving travelers in similar situations the time and effort of researching and locating local organizations in need, they created Pack for a Purpose, which identifies partner organizations, sets a feasible minimum weight (5 pounds) for supplies, and secures local accommodations as drop-off points.
To learn more about Scrub Island Resort and the Pack for a Purpose program, or for a full list of needs, call toll-free 877-890-7444 or visit ScrubIsland.com.
About Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI
Opened in July 2010, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is named after its location, a serene 230-acre private-island haven situated at the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The first luxury resort development in the destination in more than 15 years and first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean, the resort is tucked into a rugged cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring uninhabited islands. It features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, the intimate Ixora Spa, world-class restaurants including the popular Caravela, three private beaches and a 55-slip marina. For more information, call toll free U.S. 813-849-4153 or visit scrubisland.com.
About Mainsail Lodging and Development Group
Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center (MainsailTampa.com) in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 360-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com) in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Opening December 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) is being developed in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®.
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