About the 2014 IMEX Challenge
14,300 dollars raised, 46 volunteers, 2 gardens, 2 days, 1 happy shelter!
The 2014 IMEX Challenge was a huge success, with 46 volunteers from the meetings industry coming together during the weekend of October 11-12 to create a new healing garden for the Shade Tree Shelter in Las Vegas.
Teams worked together in 4-hour shifts during the weekend. Some braved the heat in the garden, tasked with weeding, planting new flowers and trees and installing a vital irrigation system. An old vegetable garden was even discovered and returned to its former glory. Beetroots, radishes, basil and swiss chard were ready for picking and sent straight to the kitchen! The Shade Tree staff were extremely excited about the prospect of 'growing their own' fruit and veges!
Other volunteers helped to sort through the hundreds of clothing and toy donations the shelter receives. All of which are categorized and stored all year round to clothe the women and children there.
Thanks to the sponsorship from Sands Cares which covered all the costs of creating the new garden, all additional sponsorship raised could go straight to the shelter, totalling $14,300. The finished results of the healing garden are tremendous and thanks to The Venetian® I The Palazzo's® Horticulture Team who have committed to maintain it and help teach the women and children of the shelter about gardening, we hope it will be a lasting legacy for the women who often need this quiet, tranquil place to meditate and recover.
Aaron Elliott's Report
Everyone that took part in the Challenge came away with a huge sense of achievement from the experience, you can read about Aaron Elliot's experience in his report here. We encourage you to also read the testimonials below from some of the volunteers and browse the photos taken.
The IMEX Challenge Song
While the volunteers were busy digging, planting and sorting, SongDivision, worked with the women and children to compose and record a song about their experiences and life at the Shade Tree. The song can be heard on the following video produced here, featuring images of the volunteers and sponsors. The song was also played to the IMEX America MPI Keynote audience on Smart Monday.Thank you to SongDivision for supporting this Challenge song.
Dale Hudson, Knowledge and Events Director, IMEX Group
“We have been so lucky to have wonderful industry volunteers come forward to help, and the support of the wider meetings and events industry has been heartwarming. Giving back to the community is so important but the truth is the volunteers and supporters always get so much back from the experience themselves - it’s always a win-win. I sincerely thank all of those who made the new gardens possible this weekend…..which have already had their first visit from a hummingbird, bumble bees and butterflies.”