Health: A Year-Round Priority at Shangri-La

Every year on April 7, World Health Day is celebrated to bring attention to the issue of health equality for all people worldwide, as defined by the World Health Organization. At Shangri-La, many of our hotels are working to improve the health and well-being of those in their communities.

Since 2006, Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai has worked with Fudan Children’s Hospital to help children with leukemia. With funds raised through various charity events, the hotel financially supports the children’s medical needs and treatments, especially chemotherapy, as well as living expenses for their families in Shanghai. Through activities and events, the hotel staff has become very close with the children and their families.

In October 2014, Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai invited the children and their parents to its attempt to break the Guinness World Record for having the most people eat breakfast in bed (which they beat!). Later that year, the hotel’s resident artist, Gregory Burns, hosted a painting class for the children. The hotel also organizes activities throughout the year to celebrate Chinese New Year, Universal Children’s Day, Mid-Autumn Festival and Christmas with the children.

In northern China, Kerry Hotel, Beijing works to improve the health of children in their community. Since July 2014, the hotel has supported the New Day Foster Home, which provides a home and surgeries for underprivileged children with special needs across China. To date, the hotel has donated a total of RMB 109,355.50 (about US $17,648) to help provide children’s cardiac surgeries and recoveries.

“At Kerry Hotel, Beijing, we strongly advocate corporate social responsibility, and this is an opportunity for us to give back to those in need,” said Mr. Sinan Yilmaz, general manager of Kerry Hotel, Beijing. “We have committed to a three-year partnership with them and we will do whatever we can to assist them. Seeing the children recover with a second chance at life gives us great joy.”

In addition to financial support, a group of 15 volunteers from the hotel pay monthly visits to the home to clean, provide maintenance and spend quality time with the children. Since 2012, the hotel has integrated the visits into its new employee orientation program so new colleagues can have a first-hand experience with Kerry Hotel, Beijing’s CSR project.

Since 2012, Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo has been committed to helping the Siming Mountain Elementary School provide proper learning facilities and encourage healthy lifestyles for its students. In November 2014, hotel volunteers and local dentists visited the school to perform dental check-ups and teach the children about proper dental care and hygiene. Following the visit, the hotel could see the students needed attention in other areas of their health.

In March 2015, Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo invited four eye specialists from the Ningbo University Hospital to Siming Mountain Elementary School to teach the students about eye care and provide eye examinations. Doctor Cao from the Ningbo University Hospital conducted a short lecture on eye protection, which spurred meaningful discussions between the children and the eye specialists about eye care, personal hygiene, correct posture for reading, time limitation to watching TV, and more. Following the discussion, 76 children received eye examinations.

“We believe that all the children learned from this activity,” said Mr. Teik kong Chong, resident manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo. “Both parents and teachers need to continue stressing the importance of eye care and protection to make it a habit for all the students. A bright future is not only related to their academic ability.”

Speaking of a bright future, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu is helping improve access to health care in local villages in Sabah. In partnership with Mercy Malaysia, Ministry of Health, Sabah parks and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Malaysia, Sabah, the resort is helping build a health clinic along the Crocker Range for 1,400 residents from nine surrounding villages. Health programs such as nutrition, dental care, family planning and more will be available to the residents. The clinic will consist of a waiting area, two consultation rooms, a treatment room, pharmacy, store, restrooms and living quarters for two full-time nurses and visiting doctors from Mercy Malaysia. Once built in June 2015, the resort will equip the clinic with necessary materials for both the treatment facility and living quarters.

Thank you to all of our hotels who help their communities improve the health and nutrition all year round.