Every year on August 15, India Independence Day is celebrated. Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru marked the occasion by engaging with guests, colleagues and charitable organizations.
At 8 a.m., the hotel hosted an alfresco breakfast accompanied by a special flag hoisting. Colleagues and guests attended the breakfast, as well as the hotel’s special guests, children and representatives from the Iksha Foundation, which supports children affected by retinoblastoma.
That same morning, the hotel unveiled a tremendous 15-foot-tall tricolor cake in the lobby. Weighing over 300 kilograms (about 661 pounds), the cake stood tall as a symbol of remembrance on the special day. At 9 a.m., hotel colleagues and children from the Iksha Foundation cut the cake, which was sold throughout the day as a fundraiser for the foundation. By the end of the day, the hotel raised INR170,000 (about USD2,308) for the foundation.
That same morning, 11 hotel colleagues visited Angel’s Orphanage, the hotel’s EMBRACE partner that houses orphaned children in Bengaluru, to celebrate the holiday. During the visit, colleagues helped children at the orphanage draw and paint special decorations, followed by a flag hoisting ceremony and breakfast prepared by the hotel. For an afternoon of fun, hotel colleagues visited HAL Aerospace Museum with children from the orphanage.
“They were so excited to see the various functions and models of engines, aircraft and more,” said Vivek Srinivasan, director of human resources at the hotel. “The kids were amused by the fish pond with colorful fishes, an exclusive rose garden, Orchidarium and Herbal Garden with a number of exotic varieties, and children’s play area. They were happy with the three hour visit, which was not only fun, but educational.”
“This was surely a day to remember,” said Srinivasan.