#ShangriLaLaLa: Tis the Season for CSR

During the festive holiday season, colleagues at Shangri-La hotels and resorts around the world enjoy not only giving, but also giving back. Here are just a few ways we’re celebrating this joyful time of year.

To kick off the holiday season, Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai hosted its second annual Charity Santa Run on November 27. For RMB188 (about USD28), runners from the hotel and local community ran either a five- or 10-kilometer scenic course that passed skyscrapers and followed along the Huangpu River with magnificent views across to The Bund, all while singing Christmas carols and spreading festive cheer along the way. A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University to support children suffering from leukemia.

To ignite holiday cheer, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong has partnered with Goods of Desire to present an exclusive aromatic oil warmer that will add a special glow to any gathering. Created with matte white porcelain and embellished with a gold songbird, the burner creates a soothing ambience with a flickering candlelight gleaming through the birdcage. The birdcage is embossed with Chinese clouds and topped with the signature Shangri-La ‘S’. The ceramic piece will be available for purchase for HKD200 (about USD26) in the hotel lobby. Proceeds will go directly to the hotel’s charity partner, Heep Hong Society, which supports education and rehabilitation organizations that help children with special needs.

Also in Hong Kong, Kowloon Shangri-La will host its annual Operation Santa Claus fundraising project and celebrate the holiday season in festive fashion with a Teddy Bear Outfit Design Competition. For a donation of HKD10 (about USD1.30) per sketch card or HKD90 (about USD12) per plush toy that comes with a sketch card, guests can use their imagination and submit creative sketches of what their ideal fashionable plush bear would wear. The hotel will display the sketches in the lobby throughout December.

To inspire participants, some of the city’s top fashion designers including Allan Chiu, Henry Lau, Walter Ma and Benny Yeung, created their own plush bear costumes that are displayed in the hotel lobby. The designers will also act as the competition’s panel of judges and will choose a winning selection of drawings. Each winning artist will receive a HKD2,000 (about USD258) hotel food and beverage credit and will see their designs come to life on their own plush bears.

All proceeds will be donated to Operation Santa Claus, an annual charity campaign organized by South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong to aid 23 organizations in Hong Kong that help people in need.

While it won’t snow in Mauritius, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa will bring holiday cheer with an exciting lineup of festive fun. Throughout the holiday season, the resort will host a “Gratitude Tree” that is decorated with hotel voucher ornaments. Guests can purchase the ornaments for RS1,000 (about USD28) to receive a voucher for an array of resort activities. All proceeds from the sales will go to the resort’s charitable partners, namely the Eastern Welfare Association for the Disabled (EWAD), a school that helps underprivileged children with disabilities.

On December 2, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius will kick off the festive season with its Tree Lighting ceremony in partnership with the East Coast Ladies Group (ECLG).

Lastly, from December 9 to January 7, the resort will host an Arts & Crafts Christmas Market, where local artisans and community partners can showcase their artwork.

In December, colleagues at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore will enjoy a fun-filled day with teenagers from Club Rainbow, an organization that helps young adults with terminally ill diseases. The day will begin with a shopping experience at one of the city’s popular shopping malls, which is connected to the hotel, followed by a delicious Christmas dinner at the hotel.

As the season of giving approaches, we look forward to a wonderful month full of cheer and good works.