From International Ice Cream Day to Bat Appreciation Day, special observations and celebrations occur almost every day of the year. Check out how Shangri-La properties around the world celebrated in their communities.
On October 7, colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya observed International Deaf Day by joining in a community-wide celebration in the city square. With the theme “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included,” the event welcomed over 125 participants for a fun walk and run, music and dance performances, and Bisindo (Indonesian Sign Language) lessons.
“This activity is aimed to socialize Bisindo to the wider community around us,” said Adhien, the chief of the committee that organized the event.
On October 11, Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya continued engaging with its community on World Cerebral Palsy Day. In partnership with Surabaya Care Cerebral Palsy Foundation (YPCP Surabaya), the hotel hosted “The Importance of Stimulation and Education for Children with Cerebral Palsy,” a parenting seminar for parents with children affected by cerebral palsy. The seminar invited 70 children affected by cerebral palsy, their parents, 30 teachers from elementary schools in the area, students from local schools and Shangri-La colleagues to learn about constructive ways to interact with children with cerebral palsy."
“This is the first time we have cooperated with Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya,” said Diah Anggraeny, chairman of YPCP Surabaya, during the seminar. “We have not held an activity as exciting as today. We encourage all parties to join this social activity in hopes of driving awareness of cerebral palsy, how children with cerebral palsy can interact and hold roles in life and society, and how the general public can better understand the growth and development of children with cerebral palsy.”
The seminar included lively performances from children from the Blind Education Foundation and Rafael, an adult in the community who is affected by cerebral palsy.
“These performances proved that amazing abilities can outshine any disability,” said Fajar Mulya, executive communications manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya.
Following the seminar, colleagues hosted a fun art session and cupcake decorating activity with the families.
On October 15, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Sultanate of Oman celebrated Global Hand-washing Day with a fun visit to Al Amal School. Led by Amour and Raji, assistant training managers at the resort, colleagues taught the children about proper sanitation and hand washing procedures.
“The aim was to explain the importance of washing hands during the day, especially before and after eating,” said Ece Muratoglu, social media manager of the resort.
The day concluded with hand-washing practice, a short quiz, and handing out gifts to the students who attended the training.
On October 20, Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi celebrated International Chefs Day by engaging with children in the local community. Hotel chefs visited Bal Sahyog, a foster home for children, to serve delicious dishes and teach the children how to properly wash their hands before a meal. General Manager Parmeet Singh Nayar and the chefs prepared and served a special lunch for the children. The day ended with a cake-cutting ceremony and an interactive educational session about personal hygiene and wellness.
Thank you to our colleagues around the world who engaged with their communities on these special days.