Shangri-La Colleagues In Indonesia Cycle Coast To Coast To Benefit Children And Communities

Shangri-La properties in Indonesia ended 2019 on a positive note with a collaborative CSR effort. From December 5 to 8, employees from Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya, Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta and Shangri-La Jakarta Residences participated in the first “Coast to Coast Share and Care 2019” cycling trip to benefit schools and students from low income backgrounds.

Each day, colleagues cycled hundreds of kilometers to visit and donate supplies to schools for low income communities. The Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta and Shangri-La Jakarta Residences team cycled 366 kilometers over four days from Jakarta to Pekalongan, while the team from Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya cycled a 395-kilometer route through Cepu and Semarang. On the final day, the cycling teams met in Pekalongan.

During the cycling journey, colleagues visited students and educators at SDN 1 Baureno Bojonegoro, SDN 3 Mijen Demak, SDN Sidorejo 1 Batang, SD Baitussalam 2 Pekalongan and more. During their visits, Shangri-La volunteers led educational activities and a presentation to raise awareness about the dangers of single-use plastic bags and other plastic products. The trainings were supported by Komunitas Nol Sampah, an organization in Indonesia that raises awareness about zero-waste lifestyles and recycling programs.

After each presentation, colleagues held a competition to test the students about plastic pollution. The highest scoring student won a bicycle donated by Polygon Bikes, Indonesia.

Before continuing their journey, Shangri-La volunteers gifted reusable water bottles and lunch boxes to students and teachers. Volunteers also gifted each school a large water dispenser and 10 gallons of water donated by Danone Aqua, an organization dedicated to making health more accessible globally through water, medicine and more.

“We believe that this educational activity will be of real value to the children and provide concrete examples of how to reduce plastic waste in everyday life,” said Cahya Bhinartika, service manager of corporate social responsibility at Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya. “By providing educational material that are applicable and easy to understand, as well as supporting the students with functional items so that they can apply what they have learned, we hope that positive change will be achieved.”

At the end of the successful four day trip, all Coast to Coast participants celebrated program by planting mangroves in Pekalongan Mangrove Park on December 8.

“We are confident that this activity will contribute to the plastic awareness conversation within Indonesia,” said Jonathan Reynolds, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya. “Preserving the mangrove ecosystem, and encouraging Shangri-La employees and suppliers to be a catalyst for meaningful change to the local community are positive outcomes we are proud to support.”

“Coast to Coast Share and Care 2019 was a very positive program that was beneficial for our wellness and will be a memorable experience that we will never forget,” said Basuki, a housekeeping colleague from Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta. “I truly hope this program can be implemented every year.”

“I’m so proud to be a part of this amazing event!” shared Arif, a colleague on the finance team at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta. “We learned to work together as a team, raise awareness about the environment with the next generation, meet colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya and share a meaningful experience together.”

Thank you to volunteers from Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya, Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta and Shangri-La Residences Jakarta for biking across Indonesia and helping communities in need. Thank you to Polygon Bikes, Indonesia, Danone Aqua, Komunitas Nol Sampah, Lasika, and Indonesia Tatler Magazine for supporting the project.