Category: Giving Back

Philanthropy: Larry Fitzgerald's Big Play

Philanthropy: Larry Fitzgerald’s Big Play

Elite NFL star Larry Fitzgerald is a visionary, transforming his celebrity and passion for travel into a game-changing influence for a better world. Haley Beham caught up with Larry fresh off his trip to Rwanda, where he volunteered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, to discuss his passion for travel, giving back and where his enthusiasm all started. Larry Fitzgerald, a 10-year wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, is a force to be reckoned with both on and off the football field. Pairing his commitment to give back to the community with his love of traveling the world and exploring new […]

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Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and the Second Annual “Guns and Roses”

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and the Second Annual “Guns and Roses”

As part of an ongoing commitment to a wide variety of social and conservation based charitable initiatives, Ker & Downey is a sponsor of the ‘Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.’ This 75 year-old, Houston based charitable foundation raises funds for the support of the Texas Children’s Hospital, and through the Ronald McDonald House Houston and Candlelighters of Houston, supports sick children and their families through the often long and difficult process of recovery. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show takes place in west Houston over a two-week period with over 60,000 spectators turning out to watch the show rings fill […]

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Gifts that Give Back

Gifts that Give Back

After Thanksgiving, the Christmas shopping frenzy kicks off (or for some, picks up) with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. This time of year can leave shoppers stressed and wondering about the true value of a gift. In 2012 New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered with the United Nations Foundation to create Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. At Ker & Downey, we’re committed to giving back at home and abroad to the communities in which we travel. You can read more about our efforts on our Philanthropy page. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up some gift ideas that give back to […]

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The Good Trip

The Good Trip

A call to action from Ker & Downey’s President David Marek reveals just how easy it is to combine passion for travel in Africa with compassion for the people, wildlife and breathtaking lands cape of this great continent. Make a difference today. Protecting Africa’s Wildlife and Natural Resources My passion for African wildlife started in 1978 when I first flew over the Okavango Delta in a Cessna 206 and watched a herd of elephant trundle over the flood plains trailing a plume of dust. Seeing Africa for the first time instills in one the desire to preserve it for those […]

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Uganda 2014 Mission Recap

This year David and Gana returned to Uganda for their yearly mission to distribute mosquito nets and hand out medications to communities in need. His recap from the trip is below.  Our medical mission to Uganda (July 17 – July 28) was a huge success.  This year we served three communities over six days handing out 3,000 nets at each location.  We hired local doctors and nurses that saw approximately 14,000 people (many seeing a doctor for the first time), and we provided over $20,000 in medications to treat illnesses ranging from malaria to intestinal worms.  Somewhat as an afterthought, […]

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Nets for Africa: An Update from David Marek in Uganda

Nets for Africa: An Update from David Marek in Uganda

Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana are in Uganda this week handing out medications and insecticide-treated nets with the Nets for Africa Program. Check out his update below and continue to check back for updates throughout the week. Today we completed our first two-day program at our first church just down from Sipi Falls. I don’t know if it’s rumor or fact that Sipi Falls got its name when Stanley and Livingstone were exploring the Nile and found the falls.  Stanley, finding the waters of the falls looking so enticing said to Livingstone, “I’ve just got […]

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Exciting News for Ker & Downey’s Nets for Africa Program

Exciting News for Ker & Downey’s Nets for Africa Program

Each year Ker & Downey employees work to provide mosquito nets to communities most in need in Africa. These insecticide-treated mosquito nets reduce the life-threatening effects of a mosquito bite and are saving lives across the continent. This year Ker & Downey has some exciting news regarding the distribution of the donated nets. Our efforts at Ker & Downey to provide insecticide-treated mosquito nets for the people of Africa is an ongoing endeavor. What started as a small medical mission trip in the summer of 2009 quickly grew to something much more. With your assistance, our Nets for Africa program […]

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Interact with the Wild

Interact with the Wild

Traveling the world opens our eyes to different places, people, and cultures and allows us to experience things outside of daily life. With Ker & Downey’s conservation journeys, interact with some of the world’s most loved but endangered species without sacrificing luxurious amenities and comfort. These journeys combine the best of both worlds with eye-opening experiences and five-star accommodations. Discover the Cheetah Conservation Fund with the Namibian Encounter The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal, but not even it can outrun the risk of endangerment. The icon for speed and highly revered among kings for thousands of years, the […]

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Nets for Africa Reduces the “Sting” of Mosquito Bites

Nets for Africa Reduces the “Sting” of Mosquito Bites

For the past three years, Ker & Downey employees have worked to provide mosquito nets to communities in Uganda to reduce the life-threatening effects of a mosquito bite. This year the goal is set higher than any year before; distribute 18,000 nets to the communities most in need. In a recent article in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof spoke of a hope found in the progress of the African continent and the decline of disease stating, “one of the great achievements of humanity in recent decades has been the marginalization of ancient and dreaded diseases.” Trachoma, polio, and leprosy […]

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Ker & Downey is the Home Run Derby Sponsor for the J.J. Watt Charity Classic Softball Game

Ker & Downey is the Home Run Derby Sponsor for the J.J. Watt Charity Classic Softball Game

Whether it is planting trees in the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in South Africa or helping orphans in Uganda, at Ker & Downey, we believe in giving back to both the local and international community. Two local philanthropic events we are pleased to be a part of are taking place stateside this Saturday. This is the second of the two posts about Ker & Downey’s local philanthropic efforts. In the last two years, J.J. Watt has made quite the name for himself as a defensive end on the Houston Texans. His motto of “dream big, work hard” is applicable to the work he does both on and off the […]

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