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Planeterra Helps Treat Blindness in Tibet

Toronto, Canada, August 21, 2008 --( Planeterra, G.A.P Adventures’ non-profit foundation, has raised funds to donate to the Seva Canada Society, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the elimination of preventable and treatable blindness. The goal is to support an eye camp in Tibet.

The eye camp will be held for two weeks in September, during which time doctors will perform up to 300 sight restoring surgeries, as well as screening thousands of patients for other ophthalmic conditions. The total cost of the camp is approximately CA$15,000.

Tibet has one of the highest incidences of blindness in the world. The majority of those affected live in remote areas, unaware of available treatments, or are simply unable to reach a hospital because of poverty and lack of transportation.

“Tibet is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world, yet sadly many of its own people cannot appreciate that beauty,” stated Bruce Poon Tip, CEO of G.A.P Adventures. “Through this eye camp we will help some of those people to once again see the splendour of their country, as well as the faces of their family and friends.”

Known by the locals as ‘eye openers’, Seva’s 25 microsurgical eye camps conduct 2,500 sight restoring surgeries annually. Beneficiaries of the sight restoring surgery may range from young children with congenital cataracts to the elderly with age-related cataracts. Planeterra’s involvement is a bid to help Seva eliminate preventable blindness within the region.

About G.A.P Adventures
G.A.P Adventures is a world leader in the adventure travel industry offering small group adventures on all seven continents and beyond to more than 85,000 global travelers annually. The award-winning trips, which focus on culture, nature and active travel, are ideal for those with a sense of adventure – people who want to leave the beaten path and authentically immerse themselves in a local culture or environment to experience the real world in a sustainable manner. Demonstrating its ongoing cultural, social and economic commitment to responsible tourism, G.A.P Adventures established the Planeterra Foundation as a way the company and its passengers can give back to the communities visited. For more information, please visit

About Planeterra
The Planeterra Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of community projects, local organizations and international charities. G.A.P Adventures matches all individual donations dollar-for-dollar and pays all administration costs so that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes to support Planeterra projects. By identifying projects and organizations that specialize in different areas, our donors are provided with a variety of worthwhile projects to choose from and support. For more information, please visit

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