To celebrate International Nurses Day 2020 on May 12 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Shangri-La Group joined hands with Yihai Kerry, a subsidiary of Asia’s leading agribusiness group Wilmar International Limited, to launch the Cherish You initiative, a special program that provides local medical workers with meals in 39 cities across China. The initiative was created to show respect and gratitude to the frontline medics for their hard work and dedicated contribution to healing the sick and protecting public health during the fight against COVID-19.
The program brought together Shangri-La Group, Yihai Kerry and Delion as part of a collaborative outreach. Food materials were supplied by Yihai Kerry and delivered to hotels by Yihai Kerry and Delion’s logistics network. All 51 Shangri-La Group properties in mainland China supported the food preparation and delivery to local hospitals.
Over 2,040 staff volunteers from Shangri-La and Yihai Kerry actively participated in preparation work and delivery service. More than 15,500 healthcare workers from 63 local hospitals across 39 cities were recognized and presented with the special meal and thank-you message.
Shangri-La Group is committed to being a leader in corporate citizenship, and has been proactively supporting the communities where its hotels operate during the COVID-19 outbreak. Shangri-La Hotel, Wuhan volunteered to provide meals for medical professionals at the frontline in the initial epicenter. The hotel also hosted medical teams from Jiangxi and Hebei provinces who flew to the city to treat those affected by the virus.
Additionally, volunteers from Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen, Kerry Hotel, Beijing, Shangri-La Hotel, Xian, Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin, Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin and Shangri-La Hotel, Baotou visited local hospitals and paid tribute to healthcare workforces in their cities during the outbreak. Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen joined forces with Charity Federation Shenzhen to donate supplies to mobile cabin hospitals in Wuhan. Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai offered a venue and dedicated services for an appreciation dinner for the National Emergency Medical Rescue Team and their families, while Shangri-La's Sanya Resort & Spa, Hainan provided complimentary hotel rooms to medical heroes who had returned safely from Hubei province.
As an integral member of the local community, Shangri-La offered help to residents and frontline workers. Hotel teams in Nanjing and Wenzhou delivered fresh vegetables, fruits, and face masks to those in need when the local supply was tight. The Shangri-La team in Ningbo supported the setup of temporary quarantine facilities by providing toiletries and bed sheets. In Shanghai, Suzhou, Chengdu, Huhhot and other cities, Shangri-La teams prepared energy drinks and hot meals for police and community workers to thank them for remaining on duty.
On International Nurses Day 2020, many Shangri-La hotels rolled out various local engagement activities by inviting medical professionals and their families to make the most of precious time together. The tailor-made wellness classes were organised to encourage relaxation and reconnection. Moreover, a number of local special offers and benefits were given to medical workers on meals and drinks, accommodations, health club access, wedding or birthday banquets.
From all of us at Shangri-La, we extended our sincere gratitude to dedicated medical professionals around the world who have sacrificed their wellbeing for the health and safety of others.