We throw around the term ‘hero’ a lot but we want to make sure that everyone knows that our participants ARE heroes. We have a lot of fun in only two weeks but we also make sure we give back to the amazing communities that host us along the way. This year was ‘especially special’. Sri Lanka has gone through a lot and since their economy heavily depends on tourism, they needed us more than ever. The teams that came experienced this first hand as they shared accounts of shedding tears with local business owners and tourism workers throughout the island who have been devastated by the lack of travelers. They were so happy to have the business and see people returning to their magical island. Of course, there were even more smiles shared as this tends to be the local currency in Sri Lanka. :)
This year we added a whole new section of challenges focused on helping out those in need. Among the various opportunities in this section, every team had the chance to give out 5 relief packs to people they encountered. Each pack contained a voucher for 7,500 Rupees at a local grocery store. In Sri Lanka, this could mean a week of provisions for a family. Together, Gapstars and our parent company, tuktukrental.com, sponsored 130 of these vouchers to be passed out around the island.
On top of the economic impact the 2022 TukTuk Tournament had on micro economies throughout the island, this year, every 500 points generated by the teams equated to one water connection donation to the PALM Foundation. When the dust settled the 24 teams contributed to 43 water connections! These water connections will be installed to provide clean drinking water to impoverished villages impacted by Sri Lanka’s civil war. Absolutely outstanding guys!