Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu Guests Enhance Vacation By Volunteering Wit

As part of Shangri-La’s Sustainability, we aim to inspire not only our communities and colleagues to participate in CSR projects, but also guests who visit our properties. In November 2018, a family with two adults and two children staying at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu expressed interest in giving back to the local community during their vacation. Excited about the guests’ interest, Gavin Weightman, general manager of the resort, invited the family to participate in a volunteer visit to the Bantayan Inanam Primary School, the resort’s EMBRACE beneficiary. Over 50 colleagues and the Barlow family, who are regular long-staying guests at the resort, joined the family.

“The Barlows are regular guests of the resort who visit Kota Kinabalu at least twice per year,” said Weightman. “They usually bring donations from their local community to the school. So far, they have donated books, stationary products and other educational materials.”

During the visit, colleagues and guests helped beautify the school by painting murals and planting mango, lime and guava trees in the schoolyard.

The young guests created friendship bracelets with the students and donated small gifts to their new friends, and the adults visited with the children throughout the day. The students taught the guests local Malaysian games.

“The school children always make an effort to speak to our guests in English, giving them a chance to practice the language,” said Joyce Murang, the resort’s corporate social responsibility service leader.

We would like to thank our thoughtful guests for participating in this CSR project during their vacation. We hope the experience was as meaningful to the guests as it was to us!