Bring a suitcase. Save a LIFE!

Not Just Tourists was founded with the purpose of getting medical supplies to those who can’t afford them. Ordinary tourists are given the means to change the lives of the locals they visit. After seeing first-hand the serious lack of medical supplies in Cuba in 1990, Dr. Ken Taylor and his wife Denise—from St. Catharines, Ontario—started taking medical supplies to remote areas in Cuba. Soon others who were traveling to Cuba began approaching them to take medical supplies too, and the Not Just Tourists phenomenon started.

Since it’s inception 25 years ago, it has spread with chapters across Canada and over 10,000 suitcases delivered to 82 countries.” (quoted from their website)

How NOT to be “Just” a tourist!


You’re going on vacation. Rather than bring 16 pairs of shorts or 7 pairs of shoes you’re not going to wear, pack light and use your luggage allowance to bring medical supplies to people who really need it.  On a family vacation to Cuba, we shared suitcases for personal items and took 2 cases of medical supplies to a clinic in Havana. It’s EASY and feels good to give something back.

In 2016 I travelled on safari to Zimbabwe.  Our truck made room for the suitcase and we delivered it to a doctor in Zimbabwe who was thrilled as the supplies we brought would save lives.  Her gratitude brought me to tears.  These were things being discarded for whatever reason in Ontario yet they were SOOO needed here in Zimbabwe.  She planned to take them to a rural clinic where the need was greatest.

Most airlines have a humanitarian policy and will often waive luggage fees.
British Airways waived the fee for me when carrying a case to Zimbabwe.
All you have to do is ASK.  Just call and ask for their humanitarian policies.
NJT will provide you with the paper work.

Contact Not Just Tourists HERE!

News article about NJT Toronto  Here’s some great information.
And here’s an interview with CTV NEWS!


On a family trip to Cuba, we brought two suitcases to a clinic near Havana

Not just tourists medical supplies

Sue and I delivered a suitcase of medical supplies to a clinic near Harare in Zimbabwe. The doctor was SO excited to receive it. I was close to tears when she told me how they improvised when they don’t have what we think are basic supplies.

Not flying out of Toronto?  Contact NJT here to see if
there’s a chapter near your airport. NJT’s National website

NJT – Calgary
Phone: 403-271-8893 and 306-561-7177

NJT – Manitoba
Phone: 204-694-8869

NJT – Montréal
Plus que touristes/Not Just Tourists – Montréal
Phone: 514-488-6966

NJT – Niagara (St. Catharines)
Phone: 905-646-5110

NJT – Ottawa
Phone: 819-426-3695
Leave a message and we’ll call you back as soon as possible.
NOTE: This number should only be used during normal business hours, Monday to Friday. The line rings at a volunteer’s home. Thank you.

54 impasse Roy
St-Émile-de-Suffolk, QC
J0V 1Y0

NJT – Simcoe County (Barrie)
Phone: 705-322-2155

NJT – Toronto

Phone: 647-528-5029

On Facebook
Link to Facebook Cause, NJT – Ottawa

Not just tourists Toronto (GTA)

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