24 top hotels in Hainan join hands with Marriott's 'Run to Give'
Marriott International in Asia Pacific announced that its ‘Run to Give’ charity run will take place in different locations across Asia Pacific on September 24, 2017. Debuted in 2014, the annual ‘Run to Give’ brings hotel associates together to organize runs in different cities to support local charities. This year, 24 hotels in Hainan with 922 associates join efforts to raise funds of RMB 118,000 for Yao Foundation and Sanya Social Welfare Home to support education’s program for underprivileged children.
The race held in Sanya for a 3KM races on Sanya bay beach with opening speech delivered by Mr. Zheng Conghui, the deputy director of Sanya Tourism Development Commission who highly recognises Marriott International’s initiatives on taking care of associates’ wellbeing and supporting of community and charity. Edmund Ko, Chairman of Marriott International Hainan Business Council gives special thanks to all participants, volunteers and wishes all a pleasant journey to running on the beach under sea breeze.
‘Run to Give’ is a key event in Asia Pacific under the company’s ‘TakeCare’ movement, which aims to encourage associates to live their best life by promoting physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and creating strong team synergy, while reinforcing the company’s core values of “We Serve Our World”. Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Asia Pacific, remarked, “As Marriott International grows bigger, our core belief to serve our world stays the same. With the increased presence of our hotels in terms of footprint and associate strength, we extend our efforts to drive positive sustainable social and economic impact in the communities where our associates live and work. This is the way we take care of our people and our world.
About Marriott International
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About Run to Give
Started in 2014 by the legacy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific as Hotel Charity Run, the inaugural event saw an overwhelming response of over 20,000 runners take part in 92 locations across Asia Pacific; raising a total of close to USD 228,000. Since 2015, the run took on the official event name ‘Run to Give’ and in 2016, Run to Give marked the first associate event where legacy Starwood and Marriott International came together to celebrate a meaningful cause after the merger in September 2016, raising a contribution of nearly USD 270,000.
About Yao Foundation
Chinese rural youth have benefited from studying in the 18 Hope Primary Schools and one special education school it has funded. Besides constructing the school buildings, the Yao Foundation also improves the educational experience of Chinese youth by partnering with leading Chinese and multinational companies to build libraries, computer rooms,kitchens, and sports and exercise areas in local schools. In 2012, the Yao Foundation initiated the “Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Season”program. By 2016, students from 375 schools in impoverished areas, 510,000 attendances from 25 provinces joined the event, letting the children experience sportsmanship through playing basketball and enjoy the happiness that sports bring to them. For more information about Yao Foundation, visit www.yaofoundation.cn.Weibo &WeChat: 姚明爱心基金.
About Marriott International Hainan Business Council
The Marriott International Hainan Business Council is made up of leadership from all the Marriott hotels in Hainan Province, The main goals of the Business Council are to gain competitive advantages and achieve greater efficiency in the market through joint efforts in the areas of recruiting, procurement, training, and shared services, as well as to drive the Marriott Spirit to Serve the Community in Hainan Province with both associates and the public community.Hainan Business Council belongs to the Marriott International South China Business Council. Besides, the main Business Councils in China are North China Business Council, East China Business Council, Hang Kong Business Council, Taiwan Business Council. And so far, there are more than 82 Marriott International Business Councils around the world working on all the related things above.