Two hotels join hands to support Bhutan Kidney Foundation
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.
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