Introducing ‘Adopt a Village in Laos’ T-shirt – Tees for Laos Project

Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Asia, cause marketing

In the quest for increasing public awareness of Adopt a Village in Laos, I created this T-shirt in forest green as one way to advertise this organization’s existence to the world at large and engage people in conversation. Proceeds from these sales will go directly back to Adopt a Village in Laos so that it can continue its humanitarian work with the hill tribes of rural Laos.

Since Thursday, June 30, when I picked up my first batch (20 in all) of  T-shirts from Has Marketing, a local company which specializes in creating promotional merchandise, I have sold three shirts. I also have three pending orders.

To assist with sales of the shirts, I have prominently displayed one of them inside my neighbourhood cafe. I have included a sign up sheet so that anyone who is interested in buying one can place an order.


It is said that a journey begins with a single step. On Tuesday, July 7, 2010 my journey to Laos began when I met Mike Yap, who introduced me to the Adopt a Village project. Having always been fascinated by other cultures, I was immediately captivated by the concept. In mid-August I visited Port Hope, where Mike and Steve Rutledge, who is the other half of the driving force behind this humanitarian effort, reside. That weekend I listened to Steve talk with great enthusiasm about their work. I became more and more intrigued. On Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I visited them again. That Saturday night I had the honour of attending their presentation/fundraiser for the Adopt a Village in Laos project at the beautifully restored Capitol Theatre in downtown Port Hope, Ontario. Having never had their presentation/fundraisers captured on video before, I volunteered to record this event with my iPhone. When I returned home, I would edit it and then upload it to YouTube in hopes of raising awareness of their work to a larger audience. From that weekend I came away glowing inside with a wonderfully positive energy. Inspired, I made a commitment to myself and to Mike and Steve that I would help them with their endeavours. Since that time, I haven't disappointed. Please visit my personal blog, My Journey to Laos, at to see how I have been trying to help them raise awareness for their cause. Ultimately, I will go to Laos and experience for myself all the great work which they have done and continue to do.

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