In 1986, International Coastal Cleanup Day began when Linda Maraniss and Kathy O’Hara, employees at Ocean Conservancy, rallied community members and businesses to clean up their coastlines in Texas. In just 33 years, this initiative has expanded to over 100 countries and encourages volunteers to clean and maintain their coastlines.
“Thanks to volunteers around the world, the International Coastal Cleanup has become a beacon of hope, leading and inspiring action in support of our ocean,” said a representative from Ocean Conservancy. “Over the years, this movement has created a family that spans oceans and country borders.”
From Singapore to the Philippines and China to Abu Dhabi, Shangri-La Group colleagues around the world participated in cleanup activities to improve the health of our coastlines and oceans.
“Being at the beach was a refreshing change of scenery for everyone,” said Angeline Chan, corporate communications executive in Singapore. “There was a lot of laughter as we all worked together to clear litter, driftwood and fallen leaves from Siloso Beach.”
“Guests who noticed our efforts joined in the cause and chipped in to help,” continued Chan. “Great work to everyone involved!”
Over 200 colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi participated in a coastal cleanup. Starting at the Traders Beach Area and finishing at the Shangri-La Plaza Bar, an award was given to colleagues who collected the most trash.
Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya partnered with 54 fourth-grade students from MI Nurul Huda Menganti, Gresik primary school, the hotel’s EMBRACE beneficiary, to clean Delegan Beach. After the event, hotel volunteers organized beach games for the children.
“We do this activity as a form of our corporate social responsibility to protect the coastal environment,” said Cahya Bhinartika, service manager – CSR and sustainability at Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya. “In addition, we hope this activity can foster a sense of care for cleanliness and coastal ecosystems in Indonesia for those children.”
Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius organized a walk from the resort to a nearby village and lake.
During the walk, 20 colleagues and seven guests collected over 25 bags of trash.
Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius also organized a beach cleanup on Ilot Mangenie, the resort’s private island. Fifteen volunteers collected 19 bags of empty plastic bottles and assorted trash.
“Protecting our environment is of paramount importance as we need to leave a better and healthier environment for the future generation,” said Sunil Beerbul, executive assistant manager of rooms at the resort.
In China, 30 Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian colleagues participated in the China National Ocean Cleaning Action 2019 event by the Dalian Environmental Protection Volunteers Association.
“The event aims to improve public awareness of the sea environment and protection,” said Cathleen Huo, assistant director of human resources at Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian. “Our volunteers participated in different activities, such as the ocean-themed painting and an aerial photo shoot with the words ‘I love the Ocean,’ as well as a traditional beach cleanup. The event increased public awareness of marine pollution control. We hope the event encourages others to do their part!”
Colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen and the corporate sales office in Shenzhen participated in a beach cleanup organized by the Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association. Following the beach cleanup, colleagues promoted the group’s Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) program to raise awareness on sustainable fishing.
While located far from a coast, colleagues from Sule Shangri-La, Yangon brought the International Coastal Cleanup Day spirit onto dry land with an environmental cleanup in the city.
“Our colleagues showed commitment to the community and our environment by participating in this activity,” said Jimmy Phyo Min Thein, assistant director of human resources at Sule Shangri-La, Yangon.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu partnered with Reef Check Malaysia, Tuaran Municipal Council, Kampung Terayong and the Tuaran Fishermen Association to clean Pantai Dalit beach. Over 100 volunteers collected 240 kilograms of trash and debris.
“We are happy to work with the local authorities and communities, as well as with our guests and staff, in this great community effort,” said Fiona Hagan, general manager at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu. “Beach cleanups are part of the resort’s culture, as our staff participate in daily cleanups. We see more and more guests joining in the activities. Today is more than just another cleanup. It’s part of our commitment together with our stakeholders to raise awareness about the dangers of debris to our beautiful beaches and encourage people to do their part to protect our unique environment and marine life by reducing reliance on single-use plastics.”
In the Philippines, 187 colleagues from Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa participated in a morning cleanup at Banyugan and Punta Bunga beach. The group collected 150 kilograms of non-biodegradable waste and 300 kilograms of biodegradable waste.
“Plastic pollution is getting worse every year, and the resort’s commitment to cleanup activities is only one part of saving the environment,” said Crisanta Danan, service leader for CSR and sustainability and the resort. “More work needs to be done for us to be able to address this problem. We might have a long way to go but making a real difference can start with one single person.”
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa continues its efforts to save the environment and beautify beaches by piloting a “no single-use plastic” policy, which eliminates plastic straws as well as single-use room amenities and dining items such as stirrers, cups, wrappers and more.
Hotel Jen Malé, Maldives volunteers cleaned the popular Villimale public beach.
“We gathered more than 25 bags of debris and waste from the beach,” said Nina Mohamed, marketing and communications manager at the hotel. “We ended the cleanup activity with some fun team building games, which everyone enjoyed!”
Over 150 volunteers from Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island and children from the Heritage in Young Hands program participated in a beach cleanup at Cuvu Beach near the resort. The group collected almost 500 kilograms of debris.
"International Coastal Cleanup Day is an ideal opportunity to create awareness about marine debris and what we can do as a community to address this," said Chris Hamilton, resident manager of Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island.
Thank you to our colleagues around the world who participated in International Coastal Cleanup Day.