Two ho­tels join hands to sup­port Bhutan Kid­ney Foun­da­tion

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Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional in Asia Pa­cific had an­nounced that its ‘Run to Give’ char­ity run will take place in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across Asia Pa­cific today. De­buted in 2014, the an­nual ‘Run to Give’ brings ho­tel as­so­ci­ates to­gether to or­ga­nize runs in dif­fer­ent cities to sup­port lo­cal char­i­ties. This year, the two ho­tels un­der Le Meri­dien Brand, Le Meri­dien Thim­phu and Le Meri­dien Paro, River­front in Bhutan will join ef­forts to raise funds for Bhutan Kid­ney Foun­da­tion to aid the or­ga­ni­za­tion in their com­mit­ment to­wards en­sur­ing qual­ity health for all kid­ney pa­tients in Bhutan.

‘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.”

The mini marathon in Thim­phu will be of 3.5 kilo­me­tres. The route will see par­tic­i­pants run­ning across the Thim­phu main city . The flag off will start at Le Meri­dien Thim­phu at 7 am and the par­tic­i­pants will run straight through Norzin Lam past the main traf­fic point. Tak­ing a left turn at Chubachu onto the Doe­boom Lam, the run­ners will con­tinue their route to­wards the Na­tional Me­mo­rial Chorten where a quick left turn will have them run­ning a fur­ther short dis­tance at Ch­horten Lam be­fore end­ing their marathon back at Le Meri­dien Thim­phu, where they started.

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.

“Run to Give” ex­pects to gather more than 120 par­tic­i­pants in­clud­ing Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­ates, af­fil­i­ates and ath­letes from Thim­phu and Paro.

Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Mary­land, USA, and en­com­passes a port­fo­lio of more than 6,200 prop­er­ties in 30 lead­ing ho­tel brands span­ning 125 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries. Mar­riott op­er­ates and fran­chises ho­tels and li­censes va­ca­tion own­er­ship re­sorts all around the world.

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