Race & Care
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya the luxury hotel hosted its second charity run, Race and Care, earlier this year. The annual sporting event started in 2013 as a social gathering for the hotel’s guests and stakeholders and to give back to the community, with all the proceedings donated to charity. This year’s Race and Care offered something different, with participants invited to create their own race on the hotel’s 2.5-kilometre racetrack for two hours. To add more fun, participants tied green balloons to their wrists and flooded Surabaya’s main road of Jalan May jend Sungkono, creating a long line of bright green dots and filling the street with laughter and a sense of togetherness. The charity run started with full-blown force at 6am and was opened by the hotel’s General Manager, Martin Brenner, who welcomed all participants and extended his deepest gratitude for all their contributions. This year, Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya doubled the number of runners from the 400 in 2013. Mr Brenner said more than 1,000 tickets were sold for the event. “We have more runners than before; almost 1,000 runners joined us on the track, which was fantastic. We’re so happy that so many runners joined because that means we can collect more donations for the kids,” said Mr Brenner. Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya selected Yayasan Kasih Anak Kanker Jawa Timur (East Java Care for Cancer Kids Foundation) as the beneficiary of this year’s Race and Care. Located at Jalan Karang Menjangan No. 5 in Surabaya, the foundation provides transit shelter for less fortunate children diagnosed with cancer to rest before their treatment and chemotherapy sessions at Dr Soetomo Hospital. “We managed to donate more than 50 million rupiah to help the foundation in providing shelter for the kids while they’re undergoing chemotherapy,” Mr Brenner said proudly. Race and Care ended on a high note with participants and the hotel’s team continuing the celebration at the hotel to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Shangri-La, Surabaya. Sumptuous food, delicious drinks and friendly conversation were the theme of the day, marking another year of success for Shangri-La, Surabaya.