As the family business has evolved and grown over the years, so too have the Tollman’s philanthropic ambitions. While their founding of the TreadRight Foundation allows The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands to give back in the communities and environments they visit, there remain many philanthropic realms that fall outside of the foundation’s sustainability purview. Because the Tollman family recognizes that their guests come from every corner of the world, they feel a connection and commitment to the global community beyond the scope of TTC

When disasters strike, when charities need support, and wherever the Tollmans see valuable community building support being carried out, they embrace the opportunity to provide a helping hand wherever and whenever they can.

Among the many charities and efforts the Tollmans and their family businesses have helped to support are:

  • The Tollmans are proud supporters of Free The Children and WE Day. In addition to Contiki's Platinum sponsorship of WE Day 2016, the Tollmans personally donated $50,000 to help support the event that brings together world-renowned speakers and performers with tens of thousands of youth to celebrate the power young people have to change the world. Additionally, through fundraising efforts at Toronto's WE Day 2015, money was raised to help contribute to the building of new classrooms. Trafalgar and Contiki have also helped to provide in kind support of coaches to bring students to WE Day from all over the United Kingdom, and Trafalgar collects spare change from guests to raise funds to support the construction of a new classrooms. TTC also provides transport for the WE Day UK and WE Day USA events annually. You can learn more about TTC’s support of We Day here and Free The Children here.  
  • Red Carnation Hotels has donated to leading children's charities that include the Starlight Children's Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital's Tick Tock Club and Make a Wish Foundation. The hotels have also donated to the local communities around the hotels, supporting the annual Clanwilliam Cedar Tree planting event in Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in South Africa and the Cheshire Home care home and Les Bourgs Hospice in Guernsey, Channel Islands.
  • Following the untimely murder of American student Amy Biehl, a foundation in her name was set up as a non-profit organisation to help make a difference to youth in South Africa. Uniworld and The Travel Corporation donated funding, while Red Carnation Hotels and Thompsons Africa continue to raise money through the sales of bracelets in order to support the Amy Biehl Foundation, helping South-African youth with after-school programs that help young people make positive life choices.
  • In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines in 2013, TTC and the Tollman Family contributed $40,000 to the Happy Hearts Fund, the non-profit organisation founded by philanthropist and international supermodel Petra Nemcova, to help rebuild the Alang Alang school. 
  • Red Carnation's South African property, Bushmans Kloof supports the protection and preservation of all South African indigenous wildlife, which includes the rehabilitation of Cape Leopards through The Cape Leopard Trust.
  • Red Carnation's Hotel restaurants in the UK donate to those in need, through the charities StreetSmart and Action Against Hunger.
  • The Tollman Award for the Visual Arts is a critical initiative in the development of the arts in South Africa, the award is an acknowledgement of the family’s commitment to the extraordinary creativity of South African art. Recipients are awarded a grant in the amount of R100 000, which is given directly to a young artist who has received critical recognition but is hampered by finances in realizing the potential of their work. The artist may choose to spend the award as they wish; to produce new work, travel, and study or produce a publication. 
  • Sentable is a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho that helps the most vulnerable children in Lesotho to get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Hotel 41's bbar & restaurant is proud to support Sentable and to date has generated more than £10,000 in donations through sponsored menu items. To learn more, visit

The Tollman Family also personally donate funding to, and support, a number of charities around the world, including: