On December 5, 1985, the UN General Assembly established International Volunteer Day to celebrate volunteer programs working towards Sustainable Development Goals such as zero hunger, access to water and sanitation, and poverty alleviation at local, national and international levels. For the past 34 years, organizations and individual volunteers have commemorated the observation by making positive impacts in their communities.
Check out how Shangri-La properties contributed to improve their communities on International Volunteer Day 2019 and throughout the year.
On December 4, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa hosted a CSR ceremony to celebrate a successful year of volunteering. Resort leaders recognized unique projects and dedicated colleagues with individual awards and a commemorative cake. Throughout 2019, colleagues at the two resorts contributed a total of 4,155 volunteer hours.
“Looking forward, 2020 promises to bring more fun-filled activities geared towards ensuring the wellbeing and prosperity of this wonderful country and Shangri-La resorts,” said Adithya Kasthurirengan, marketing and communications colleague at the resorts.
From December 5 to 8, 27 colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta and Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya joined forces for the inaugural Coast-to-Coast Share and Care 2019 cycling and community outreach project. Participants cycled over 761 kilometers (about 473 miles) and visited six elementary schools. During the school visits, colleagues donated school supplies and facility supplies to the students and teachers.
“The success of this collaboration serves as inspiration to work hard and give back to make our world a better place,” said Debby Setiawaty, director of communications for Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta. “We share, because we care!”
On December 10 and 11, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives partnered with LEO Company, a local transportation organization, to deliver fruit baskets, water jugs and more to organizations including hospitals, health centers, women’s shelters, youth centers and farms.
Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka colleagues worked hard during an environmental cleanup on a main road in Hambantota. Colleagues trimmed overgrown vegetation that covered the main entrance road and removed invasive plants. The volunteer efforts made the road safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen celebrated International Volunteer Day by showing their appreciation to local sanitation workers. Colleagues gifted the workers new sturdy gloves, durable water pouches and more.
“We hope these gifts make their jobs a bit easier,” said Lim Wei Ming, resident manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen. “We appreciate all they do to keep our city clean!”
Colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar also expressed their appreciation for local sanitation workers and police officers by gifting sandwiches and warm drinks on a snowy winter morning.
“We wanted to appreciate their contribution for the city even in the harshest conditions,” said Bolor Batbyamba, human resources service associate at Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar.
Thank you to our colleagues around the world for volunteering in our communities all year round.