One of the key initiatives of the Hotel this year would be the installation of the Wish Tree- a two dimensional tree scaling a height of around 6 feet in the lobby. The tree will have ‘wish cards’ through which guests and associates alike can make a monetary donation and help replace the wishes with the Joy of Giving Week smiles. The proceeds collected through the Wish Tree would be given to the Marriott Home in Chennai, a key initiative by Marriott in India to support nearly 400 children affected by leprosy.
In addition, the Hotel has also started a donation drive amongst its associates. Donation in kind including clothes, toys and basic essentials would be given to Sri Sainath Social Society to be distributed in the rural areas of the city. Donations in cash are also being collected to support the '60 Dignified Days' Campaign initiated by Goonj toward the welfare of women and adolescent girls in rural areas.
Besides the launch of the wish tree on the first day, the associates would also conduct a Joy Ride around the city for children from municipal schools supported by with Samvedna, an organization that works toward providing quality education to underprivileged children.
A fun evening of good entertainment and food shall be organised on 3rd October as the associates spend time with the residents of Jeevan Sandhya, an old age home that supports 200 elderly people.
Come 5th October, the hotel shall arrange for a visit to the orphanage supported by the Missionaries of Charity. The children at the orphanage would be treated to an enjoyable evening of games and entertainment as the associates spread joy and distribute sweets and gifts amongst them.
In the spirit of giving and spreading joy, the Hotel has also dedicated one day of the week toward its associates. On 7th October, the Hotel shall play a host of movies for their sheer delight and entertainment as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude. The week would culminate with a blood donation drive at the hotel in collaboration with Prathma Blood Centre, a non profit organisation that collects blood to support more than 40,000 patients in and around Ahmedabad.
Speaking about the Joy of Giving Week, Ms. Parul Thakur, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad comments, “Every associate at Courtyard by Marriott Ahmedabad passionately resonates with the company’s unique philosophy of ‘Spirit to Serve,’ which emphasises the practise of giving back to the community across all Marriott hotels worldwide. Through the Joy of Giving Week, we shall whole heartedly contribute- be it in cash, kind or even an hour of our time to try to bring a smile on someone’s face.”
Through the Joy of Giving Week, Courtyard by Marriott Ahmedabad commits toward putting in an effort to better the lives of those less fortunate.
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