Rebecca Rothney is the founder and chairperson of Pack for a Purpose®. Rebecca took her first overseas trip at age 11 and has since visited 41 countries and 7 continents. After graduating from Washington University, Rebecca taught middle school specializing in European and non-western cultures. For 24 years, Rebecca has hosted visitors from around the world as a member of the International Affairs Council in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has served on their board of directors for 12 years.
TRO: What inspired you to establish Pack for a Purpose?
RR: During our first trip to Africa, my husband Scott and I learned that while we were limited to 40 pounds of luggage on safari, the airline had an allowance of 100 pounds of checked luggage plus a 40-pound carry-on. In making plans for a second trip, we looked into visiting a school near the lodge we would visit in Botswana. We contacted our safari company to see if we could determine any specific needs of that school. Armed with that information, we were able to deliver 140 pounds of school supplies, including soccer balls, to the school.
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