Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen Celebrates Abilities at Different Art Different Charm

Shangri-La understands the importance of celebrating the abilities in everyone. Recently, Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen embodied Shangri-La’s core values of helpfulness and sincerity by inviting students and children from Shenzhen Yuanping Special Education School and Shenzhen Autism Social RenAi Rehabilitation Service Centre to learn, socialize and have fun in a safe and welcoming environment at its second “Different Art Different Charm” corporate social responsibility activity.

The hotel invited six students from the special education school and three children from the Shenzhen Autism Society to participate in One to One for Love, during which the students and children experienced first-hand what it is like to work at Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen.

Each student and child was paired with a Shangri-La colleague to guide them through hotel operations and departments including housekeeping and food and beverage. The children explored the hotel’s laundry and amenities center, as well as the pantry and dim sum kitchen of the hotel’s restaurant, Shang Palace.

“They not only learned about the hotel industry, but also developed their desire for social interaction,” said Green Chen, director of certification and corporate social responsibility at the hotel. “Some of them may get the opportunity to work in the hotel in the future!”

All of the students who completed the One to One for Love program received a certificate for their outstanding work.

In the afternoon, the hotel hosted another event, Love Game You and Me. Sixty students and children from the special education school and autism society participated in games such as ring toss and bowling.

Each student and child won prizes throughout the afternoon – the more games they played, the more prizes they won!

“The games were specially designed to enhance the students’ confidence so they could have more fun,” said Chen.

Following the games, hotel colleagues with disabilities and visitors with disabilities shared their stories (and talents!) to inspire and motivate the students and children.

The day wrapped up with George Baird, the hotel’s general manager, presenting both Shenzhen Yuanping Special Education School and Shenzhen Autism Social Ren Ai Rehabilitation Service Centre with donations raised from its second-annual artwork charity auction.

Throughout December, Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen displayed handmade artwork and paintings in the Lobby Lounge for auction. All artwork was created by students and children from Shenzhen Yuanping Special Education School and Shenzhen Autism Social Ren Ai Rehabilitation Service Centre. The hotel collected over RMB7,000 (over US$1,000) for the school and society, which will be donated to students and used to improve the school’s and society’s facilities.

“We hope this event calls on more and more people and businesses to join us to understand persons with different disabilities and provide opportunities for them,” said Chen.

Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen was so moved by the event, that the hotel has arranged for hotel colleagues, including those with disabilities, to give semi-annual “Career Talks” to students from Shenzhen Yuanping Special Education School.

“The students will be encouraged to study hard and improve their skills for future opportunities with Shangri-La and other companies,” said Chen.

Special thanks go to all event volunteers, including hotel colleagues, students from Shenzhen Yaohua Middle School, and Shenzhen Lions Club for making the second Different Art Different Charm event another great success.