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Shangri-la’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Launches Make a Difference (MAD) Project at Laselase Village Beautification Project

Coral Coast, Fiji, 20 April 2018 – Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa has launched its Make a Difference (MAD) project with the installation of six waste disposal platforms for the Laselase Beautification Project. The engineering team from the resort installed the platforms and also landscaped the area which was previously overgrown with makeshift structures.

The project is part of an initiative by Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa to implement six MAD projects in the province of Nadroga in 2018 under Shangri-La’s Embrace Care for People project. In making the announcement the resort General Manager, Mr Francis Lee, said that what was even more inspiring was that the projects that are being implemented were put together by colleagues from various departments.

“We have a very active staff volunteer programme that allows our colleagues to contribute their time and skills to community development,” Mr Lee said. “In 2017 our colleagues carried out a total of over 3,000 volunteer hours in various projects representing close to 130 days of time spent in volunteerism and that is an achievement worthy of mention. “This year we decided to challenge our team even further and asked them to submit proposals for projects that they thought would help the communities they lived in a meaningful way,” Mr Lee said. The Laselase Beautification Project is spearheaded by the women’s committee who are advocates for proper waste disposal in the village.

More than 25 MAD projects were submitted for consideration to management and seven have been selected and integrated into the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility calendar for Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa.

The projects include waste management, installation of water tanks, Fire Life Safety Life Skills community training, village beautification and drainage project and career skills.

The MAD Project is part of Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa’s Embrace Care for People project under the overall banner of Sustainability, Shangri-La’s social responsibility campaign worldwide.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”. Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote high level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please visit the group’s CSR section on www.shangri-la.com.

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