Every year on February 4, World Cancer Day is observed to raise awareness about cancer and make it a global health priority. According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 26,000 cancer-related deaths per day, and that number is predicted to grow. Check out how Shangri-La hotels around the world did their part to raise awareness on the important day.
On February 4, 18 colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya visited the Yasan Kasih Anak Kanker Indonesia (YKAKI) Jawa Timur, a foundation that provides shelter for underprivileged children diagnosed with cancer and awaiting treatment and chemotherapy at Dr. Soetomo Hospital. During the visit, colleagues played with the children, hosted cooking classes, and taught the children how to create origami. Hotel colleagues also planted trees around the center.
"Every year, we try to support cancer patients and survivors with whatever we can do for them, especially children," said Cahya Bhinartika, Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya’s CSR manager. "This time, a volunteer from pastry team shared her skills during a simple cooking class for the kids, while others volunteered by playing with the children and planting trees around the shelter.”
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives partnered with the Hithadhoo Regional Hospital to observe World Cancer Day. Three doctors from the hospital led educational awareness trainings and an open discussion among colleagues.
Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar celebrated by creating and selling table calendars featuring health and prevention tips from the National Cancer Center. All profits of the sales were donated to organizations that provide aid to people suffering cancer.
Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar’s kitchen staff supported the observation by preparing healthy meals for colleagues. The team displayed educational placards next to the dishes and on dining tables to teach colleagues about the health benefits of the main ingredients.
Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin welcomed Professor Wang Xue Qian, area medical director of iKang health center with over 15 years of experience in the medical field, to host a lecture about healthy lifestyles and preventive practices. Colleagues attending the lecture left the educational session with tips that they can apply to their daily lives.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao welcomed a representative from a local medical institution to lead a lecture on cancer and healthy practices.
“Our colleagues actively participated and asked questions in order to live happy and healthy lifestyles,” said Jack Yangxu, human resources services manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao.
Thank you to our colleagues and valued partners for observing World Cancer Day.