It’s unbelievable what we can do now because of HEST and The Donate Zone,” said Dalace-Skye Duvall. “Because of our sweepstakes and contributions from donors, we are funding sixteen cruises this year for families living with autism
(Vocus/PRWEB) February 17, 2011
In partnership with Skyeward Bound Ranch, a Texas 501(c)(3) providing social interactive activities for special needs kids, HEST Technologies Inc. has raised over $71,000 benefitting children with autism and their families. The funds raised through the Skyeward Bound Ranch Sweepstakes, will send families on a seven-day, seven-night Caribbean cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The cruise, which will set sail on April 10, is coordinated through Autism on the Seas, an organization dedicated to facilitating vacations for special needs children.
The cruise is one of several run in conjunction with Royal Caribbean, providing families that suffer with Autism, Asperger’s and sensory overload issues, a vacation that safely integrates new experiences into daily life in a relaxed and friendly environment. Autism families will work with professional staff, participate in activities designed for children with autism, and enjoy parent-to-parent networking.
For the families participating in the cruise, the opportunity to take their children on a vacation with others living with autism is a rare and treasured opportunity, both because of cost and venue. The insulated environment onboard the cruise ship allows the children to be themselves and the parents to relax. “It’s a chance to act like a normal family with people who understand,” said Alan Fowler, a father with an autistic son and a frequent traveler with Autism on the Seas.
The cost of the cruise is paid for by organizations like Skyeward Bound Ranch and the Skyeward Bound Ranch sweepstakes. “It’s unbelievable what we can do now because of HEST and The Donate Zone,” said Dalace-Skye Duvall of Skyeward Bound Ranch. “Because of our sweepstakes and contributions from donors, we are funding sixteen cruises this year for families living with autism and terminal illnesses.”
HEST Technologies (http://www.hesttech.com), a sweepstakes promotions software development company, partnered with Skyeward Bound Ranch in 2010 to create the Skyeward Bound Ranch Sweepstakes. Donors participating in the sweepstakes not only impact special needs kids and children with terminal illnesses, but with their charitable contributions they receive free entries in to the sweepstakes which qualify them for a chance at cash prizes.
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