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Passports With Purpose: Win a Stay at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Tomorrow is the launch of Passports With Purpose, the fundraiser by travel bloggers to support projects in the developing world. Last year, PWP raised $65,000 to build a village in India, and this year we plan to raise $80,000 to build two libraries in southern and eastern Zambia.

The beneficiary of this year’s project is Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that partners with communities in the developing world to “promote literacy and gender equality in education by establishing libraries, constructing classrooms, publishing local-language children’s books, training educators and supporting girls’ education.”

Win a Stay at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel

For Passports With Purpose, Kimpton’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco has kindly offered a two-night stay, plus a $100 gift certificate to the adjacent restaurant, Scala’s Bistro. The two-night stay is valid for Sir Francis Drake’s Classic Rooms, as available. The entire package is valued at $600. The grand hotel is perched along the cable car line and in the heart of Union Square—which is ideal for first-time tourists, frequent visitors, or even locals looking for an escape.

I’ve reviewed the hotel recently, after a renovation to pump up the glamour, so check it out and start dreaming about your two-night stay in downtown San Francisco.

How You Can Donate and Win

Beginning tomorrow, (Nov. 30, 2011) the Passports With Purpose website will show a list of all the prizes available, and each one will link back to a full description of the prizes on the blogger’s website. For each $10 in donations that you make to Room to Read, you’ll be entered to win a prize (or prizes) of your choice.

The fundraiser closes on Dec. 16 and all proceeds go directly to Room to Read. You can donate $10 for the prize of your choice, multiples of $10 for one favorite prize if you want to increase your chances, or $10 or more for several different prizes. You can also make a donation as a gift on behalf of someone else.

Thank You

A huge thank you to Kimpton’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel for donating the prize and caring about the project. Thanks also go to PWP sponsors: Round the World With Us, Traveller’s Point, HomeAway and Good 2 Go.

Finally, thanks to the founders and organizers of Passports With Purpose: Beth Whitman, Debbie Dubrow, Michelle Duffy and Pam Mandel, the bloggers behind Wanderlust and Lipstick, Delicious Baby, WanderMom and Nerd’s Eye View.

Photos courtesy of David Phelps (lobby), John Ellis (room) and Sir Francis Drake Hotel