By Brodie Drysdale

Unfilled space in my bag when travelling is not a phenomenon that I am at all familiar with. I generally like to be prepared for every imaginable situation which involves packing to test the limits of even the sturdiest zippers.

Apparently there are people out there who have space in their bags when they go places…. apparently.

In 1999 British television presenter Kate Humble was in a remote oasis village 200km north of Timbuktu. Having spent 35 days crossing the Sahara she visited a school, where the children wanted to know how long it would take for her to get home (in camel days).  She tried drawing in the sand but it soon became clear that the children had no idea of the ocean in relation to their country. What they needed was a world map, a simple item that could have been brought from home at very little cost and within that moment Stuff Your Rucksack was conceived.

Kate’s mission is simple, “I am determined to go back to Mali to deliver that map. I am also determined that no traveller experiences the same frustration of arriving at a small, inspiring project to learn the items they need cost practically nothing, and are sat at home on the kitchen table. We’re here to show how a simple gesture can bring indescribable joy, and how by connecting with a community you’ll see the world at its most beautiful – and make 20 new friends along the way. One day, I want people to say: ‘Have I got my visa? Have I got my passport? Have I checked the Stuff Your Rucksack site? You won’t find an unforgettable experience that money can’t buy in a guidebook. You’ll find it here on Stuffyourrucksack.com.”

Today, there are more than 120 projects coordinated by the charity, which are located in more than 45 countries. They range from schools and orphanages to veterinary clinics and healthcare charities.

So if you are heading off on an adventure with room to spare in your bag, stop by and check out the amazing work this organisation is doing to connect travelers with organisations and charities that are in desperate need of those small resources. http://www.stuffyourrucksack.com/

Who knows what amazing adventure might come from filling that space?

B x

syr hero boy

3 thoughts on “Kate

  1. Hey B. For awesome people not traveling in the near future, a friend in Brisbane is visiting a village and orphanage in Fiji in October. She would love to take gifts of quality second hand clothes and books etc if anyone is spring cleaning and lightening their lives of stuff. 🙂 Her name is Renee and she works in the crèche of The Gap Health and Racquet centre.

  2. Hi there. I haven’t been able to get a response from the stuff your rucksack team via their website and everything seems out of date. Emails get pinged back… Do you have an update on the status of the charity and site. I would like to help keep it up to date if needed but cannot contract anyone? Any help would be appreciated.

    • Hi there Jade,

      Thanks so much for getting in touch and what a great gift to be offering the organisation! Unfortunately I’m not too sure how much help I can be. When I wrote about the organisation, I didn’t have any contact with them directly, I gathered information through press and websites and the history of what they have achieved.

      I can’t offer a personal update on the charity either. If emails aren’t getting through perhaps try contacting them via social media? They do have a Twitter account, @yourrucksack and are also active on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stuff-Your-Rucksack/122459317774838?fref=ts

      I hope that can be of some help Jade and thanks very much for getting in touch!

      If you come across anyone else Who’s Awesome, we would love to hear about it.

      Take care!


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