Every year on June 8, World Oceans Day is celebrated globally to recognize the importance of oceans and the marine life that thrive in them. Every year, Shangri-La properties in Penang celebrate the day with fun and educational activities to promote a positive message – to “keep the oceans healthy, or you'll only hear of sharks, turtles and dolphins in books and on the telly!”
To celebrate World Oceans Day in 2015, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang, Golden Sands Resort, Penang and Hotel Jen Penang invited guests to create crafts made from recycled material. The “helicopter craft station” was popular among the boys, some waiting as long as 40 minutes to create helicopters made of recycled toilet rolls and plastic bottles.
This year, the properties celebrated World Oceans Day early from May 20 to May 22. Golden Sands Resort, Penang invited four students from Uplands School to create sample ocean dioramas in conjunction with an ocean pollution science class project.
In-house guests created their own dioramas and crafts using recycled items in the resorts’ shared Kids Club. The dioramas ranged from the harsh reality of polluted oceans to happy marine animals, representing hope for a better future.
The properties also invited 40 students, aged eight to 10, from SJK Pai Chai School to participate in ocean-themed crafts and activities. After working with the school for over four years, the CSR team looks forward to appointing student Turtle Ambassadors to help spread conservation messages.
In collaboration with WWF Malaysia's MyFinMyLife campaign, the resorts and hotel hosted shark-centric games and crafts for their young guests. Highlights included Amazing Shark Race where children answered shark-related questions, face painting, and played “I've-lost-a-fin” shark-themed water games such as one hand water volley, one-arm race and one-legged race. Little guests who won the shark drawing and coloring contest received notebooks that are sustainably-made from sugarcane bagasse.
On World Oceans Day, Elizabeth Wan, area CSR and sustainability manager of the Penang properties, will hand out pocket-sized cards to guests. One side will display facts about sharks, and the other side will include information on Shangri-La’s Sustainability journey, such as when the group removed shark fin from its menus in 2012 and announced the Sustainable Seafood Policy.
“Because they are small pocket-sized cards, guests can take a few and bring them back as souvenirs from this special weekend,” said Wan.
We look forward to spending World Oceans Day in Penang and at our ocean-front properties around the world!