At the close of a challenging year, Shangri-La Group properties around the world recognize the holiday season by giving back to their communities and supporting the environment.
On November 20, Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing celebrated the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to raise funds for the China-Dolls Center, the hotel’s EMBRACE beneficiary that supports children with partial handicaps. The hotel hosted children from the center, their families, guests and partners for an evening filled with festive cheer and a visit from Santa Claus. To brighten the event, the talented children filled the space with beautiful melodies with the hotel choir.
JEN Beijing participated in charity events to support children in need. In partnership with Chi Fan for Charity, the hotel raised funds for the Beijing Hidden Treasures Charity Foundation, which provides a safe haven for children who are orphaned and facilitates adoptions and provides emotional, educational and medical support. The hotel collected and donated over 1,000 books for children in the Anhui and Shanxi Provinces.
Also in partnership with the CWTC Women’s Working Committee, JEN Beijing colleaues made and donated warm winter accessories and sweaters for children in the Xinjiang Province.
Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin supported the Guilin Deaf-Mute School with a special Christmas tree made from hand-painted works of art created by children from the school, members of the Guilin Medical Team and colleagues from various hotel departments.
On November 28, Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou Yuanqu hosted an environmental protection class during its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony to teach children about recycling and upcycling discarded items to create plant pots.
“The lesson was led by a teacher from Green House, and drove awareness about plastic pollution and how to extend the life of single-use plastics,” said Sally Sun, director of communications at the hotel.
Following the lesson, Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou Yuanqu kicked off its Christmas charity sale, which will go through December. Proceeds will be donated to Suzhou Green House to support its environmental project, Our Home Our Planet.
On December 4, Shangri-La Hotel, Tangshan hosted its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and sold special festive cakes to raise funds for the Tangshan Special Education School. The evening was complete with a performance by children from the Tangshan Special Education school, fun games and a visit from Santa Claus.
In partnership with sales colleagues from the regional Center of Excellence as well as business partners in Hong Kong, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong arranged a toy donation for 200 children at the Hong Chi Morninghill School, which teaches children with special needs and intellectual challenges.
To thank the hotel, the children created a computer-generated painting, a skill that the children learned through the hotel’s virtual learning series.
“They were so happy to apply the skill they just learned and translated it into an art piece for the hotel to wish us all a merry festive season,” said Patsy Chan, area director of corporate social responsibility. “We were even happier and felt totally loved and blessed.”
In the Philippines, Shangri-La Group city properties joined forces to raise funds for the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation’s KAAGAPAY Protect Our Healthcare Heroes Project. The KAAGAPAY Project was launched by the PDRF in April 2020 to help bring immediate aid to medical professionals and hospital workers who continue their relentless fight against the spread of COVID-19.
From November 22 to December 28, Edsa Shangri-La, Makati Shangri-La, Shangri-La at the Fort and JEN Manila by Shangri-La hosted the Star Cookie fundraising program, in which guests can purchase a Shangri-La Star Cookie for PHP250 (about USD5). Each cookie includes a special ornament on which guests can write thoughtful festive wishes and hang them on the respective hotel’s Tree of Hope. All proceeds from the Star Cookie Program and the written holiday greetings will be distributed to frontline communities through KAAGAPAY.
Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa and Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu support local communities and bring warmth to the season by supporting the Children’s Haven Orphanage in Mactan, Cebu and Barangay Yapak in Boracay, Aklan.
“2020 has been a challenging year with natural calamities and the unprecedented conditions brought about by the pandemic,” said John Rice, vice president of operations for Shangri-La Group in the Philippines. “As the year draws to a close, we celebrate the Filipino spirit and honor our frontliners who have fought hard to keep us all safe.”
Also in Boracay, the resort payed homage to the resilience and strength of the community following a typhoon in 2019 that devastated the destination with a Christmas Tree made from upcycled materials from uprooted trees left by Typhoon Ursula. Resort colleagues created festive decorations with the upcycled materials such as reindeer standees, table centerpieces and tree ornaments.
On November 21, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur launched its annual Embrace the Gift of Life project. Since 1985, the project has supported children with heart ailments and other serious conditions through the sales of its festive ornaments, this year led by Pastry Artist Wayne Siow. Available for purchase in the hotel lobby, the edible hot balloon ornaments symbolize the intent to bring hope and a second chance at life to children with serious ailments. To date, the hotel has raised over RM4 million (USD982,198) to support hundreds of children who are critically ill.
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur also organized an ornament designing workshop with hotel colleagues. Twenty-five hotel associates from various departments spent 12 days creating 2,260 Christmas Tree ornaments using recycled materials.
Colleagues decorated 18 Christmas trees - 10 small trees for outlets and eight large trees for the public area - with gold stars (700 pieces), baubles (450 pieces), toilet rolls (700 pieces), snowmen (80 pieces) and Christmas tree (330 pieces) ornaments. The decorations are on display throughout the hotel until December 31.
Starting in December 2019, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris colleagues sewed toys for children from underprivileged backgrounds. In December 2020, the hotel donated the toys to Féminité sans abri Association to gift to the children.
Thank you to Shangri-La Group colleagues around the world for helping our communities and environment during the winter season.