Every year on September 19, the world celebrates Coastal Cleanup Day to help clean the world’s beaches and coastlines and educate others on the importance of our beaches. Let’s look back at how Shangri-La colleagues got involved.
Leading up to the celebrated day, colleagues at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi joined forces to participate in a local beach cleanup. Over 100 team members volunteered to pick up environmentally harmful objects such as plastic bottles from the beach. The event resulted in 41 full bags of waste, weighing a total of 205 kilograms.
In Paris, colleagues said “Au revoir!” to waste along the beautiful Seine River. In partnership with GoodPlanet Foundation and Organe De Sauvetage Ecologique (O.S.E), 10 community members and six colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Paris participated in a river cleanup. The volunteers collected about 1,000 kilograms of waste from about 2,000 square meters along the river bank.
Sixty colleagues from Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong participated in a local beach cleanup at Sandy Beach in Hong Kong. After three hours of work, the group picked up 600 kilograms of waste over 5,500 square meters. The successful day was celebrated with a luncheon following the initiative.
Forty-three colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen participated in the 11th annual Shenzhen International Coastal Cleanup. More than 2,000 volunteered to help clean the 230kilometer coastline and beach.
Along with cleaning the coastline, hotel colleagues and family members helped raise money for autism awareness by holding a charity auction, helping paint shirts and conduct other activities. To keep everyone’s strength up, chefs from the hotel’s Shang Palace cooked and served lunch for colleagues and their family members to enjoy.
Over 100 colleagues at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines celebrated Coastal Cleanup Day by: giving environmental awareness talks to children at local schools; helping clean Banyugan, Punta Bunga, Ilig-Iligan and Puka Shell beaches; and participating in roadside and underwater clean-ups. Even resort guests got involved by creating fish houses that when planted will help preserve our marine life.
Colleagues at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives partnered with eight schools in the Addu Atoll for a cleanup campaign for the city. More than 500 students, ranging from primary grade four to secondary grade 12 students, teachers and parents volunteered at the event. With the support from Addu City Council and Maldives Road Development Corporation (MRDC), 56 volunteers collected a combined total of 45 bags of waste, weighing about 400 kilograms, covering almost one kilometer of the island.
Colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya participated in the global observation by volunteering at a nearby mangrove plantation. The hotel partnered with the its CSR beneficiary, the MI Nurul Huda 1 School, to successfully plant over 100 mangrove seedlings, clean the area and release birds into their natural habitat.
Congratulations to our colleagues around the world who participated in this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day!