They say that traveling is not about the destination, it’s about the journey. On March 16, four volunteers from Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney found out firsthand in the Coastrek 2018 30-kilometer charity hike organized by The Fred Hollows Foundation, an international organization working to increase access to affordable eye care and improving health in Indigenous Australian communities.
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney employees Gudrun Smith, resident manager, Juliane Landelle, labor and quality manager, Nicole Sargent, human resources team leader, and Deane Brosnan, director of communications, represented the hotel in the meaningful and physically demanding event as the Shangri-La “Girls on Fire” team. The volunteers had never attempted a 30-kilometer hike, but they were up to the challenge for a good cause.
Along with 3,500 participants, the Shangri-La team started the charity walk at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and weaved through The Rocks. The team was in for a surprise as they passed the hotel, where employees cheered them on with air horns, colorful pompoms and supportive signs.
The trek continued along Sydney’s coastline, past the urban city center and finished at the famous Bondi Beach.
“Something magical happens when four people join forces to support each other through an eight-hour trek,” said Brosnan. “You chat endlessly, laugh often and bask in the sort of soulful conversations and connections that can pass you by during a busy work day.”
The trek ended with medals for all participants, relaxing massages and cold showers to cool off. The participants then toasted to the day with celebratory champagne.
The trek raised over AUD1.8 million for The Fred Hollows Foundation, and the Shangri-La team contributed by exceeding its fundraising goal.
“No matter how hard it was, we are proud to be a part of such a meaningful cause and event,” said Brosnan.
Congratulations to the stellar Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney team on the successful day of charity and bonding!