Namaste: John Bishop-led India Tour

September 1, 2008

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Kerrisdale raises $19,000 for moms and babies!

In October, 2008, a unique pairing between a local travel agency, a renowned chef and restauranteur and 20 travelers resulted in a generous donation to BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation from Carlson Wagonlit Travel Kerrisdale. Namaste, the culinary tour of India organized and escorted by Jenny Karmali at Carlson Wagonlit Travel Kerrisdale raised $19,000 for the Foundation. John Bishop led the tour, which gave participants a real taste of life in India and some great memories.

Jenny thought of the concept three years ago. She intuitively felt that combining celebrity-led tours with charity would benefit everyone. Having a soft spot in her heart for women’s healthcare, selecting BC Women’s to partner with was a natural choice “The travelers benefit, we benefit and the moms and babies at BC Women’s benefit,” she says. “Everyone’s a winner.”

The sold-out, three-week tour included visits to organic farms and spice gardens, private cooking schools, the country’s top restaurants and palaces. “It was a plateful of wonderful experiences,” recalls John Bishop, who had never before led a travel tour to raise money for charity. “My children were both born at what was then called Grace Hospital and I realized how important it would be to contribute much-needed funds.”

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