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Collette Foundation joins humanitarian efforts to provide earthquake relief in Turkey and Syria

Sam LaFrance
by Sam LaFrance

February 13, 2023

Pawtucket, RI (February 13, 2023) – Collette is deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquakes that have hit both Turkey and Syria. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected by this tragedy. The Collette Foundation is joining the huge humanitarian effort that is aimed at helping the hundreds of thousands of people who have been injured or impacted.

The Collette Foundation is supporting this effort with direct contributions to the following organizations:

  • World Central Kitchen, supporting local residents and first responders with immediate relief, including fresh meals to those who need it most.
  • Direct Relief, focusing on supporting search and rescue efforts in the near term. Direct Relief has worked hard to gather and send donations to AKUT, the leading search and rescue team in Turkey that has deployed teams to the earthquake zone, and reports over 1,700 collapsed buildings, no power, and below-freezing temperatures. Over the next several weeks, the organization is looking to provide funding to make as many medical teams available as possible, in order to get the appropriate treatment to those injured in the earthquakes.

“Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria,” said Dan Sulivan, Chief Executive Officer at Collette. “We’re thankful that we’re able to make contributions to the relief efforts through the Collette Foundation. Both ‘Word Central Kitchen’ and ‘Direct Relief’ have been doing and continue to do great work to help those affected by this disaster.”

About Collette:

As the longest-running tour operator in North America, Collette is the company travelers can trust. Leading with integrity, Collette’s comprehensive travel protection plan, flexible tour pacing, and strong relationships within the travel space set it apart. The happiness of its guests has been its roadmap since 1918 and today Collette offers over 160 tours to all seven continents and five distinct travel styles, including small group touring and river cruises. This third-generation family-owned business is dedicated to giving back in both local and global communities through its social responsibility platform.  For more information, visit

Media Contact:

Sam LaFrance, Collette
Phone: 401.426.4504

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