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SHANGRI-LA’S RASA RIA RESORT & SPA, KOTA KINABALU HOLDS “RASA RIA RIDE FOR AUTISM AWARENESS 2016

SHANGRI-LA’S RASA RIA RESORT & SPA, KOTA KINABALU HOLDS “RASA RIA RIDE FOR AUTISM AWARENESS 2016

Kota Kinabalu, 5 April 2016 – A total of 135 riders completed a 61.2km loop between Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu and Tanjung Lipat, Likas on Sunday, 3 April 2016, to raise awareness for autism within the local community.  This is the second charity bicycle ride event organised by the resort. 
 
Four students from Sekolah Menengah Taman Ria Tuaran (special education class) joined the riders.  On hand to provide support were marshals and volunteers from the Society of Amateur Radio Sabah (SARS) and support vehicles from Tuaran Ford Ranger Club.
 
In addition, YY Bikes provided a bicycle technical team, Polis DiRaja Malaysia from Tuaran District and from Kota Kinabalu provided traffic assistance, Hospital Tuaran and Tuaran Welfare Department provided medical assistance, information and awareness on autism and contacts for families with children who required special needs.
 
The event programme included a family day in the Grand Ballroom, where invited families with children from SMK Taman Ria Tuaran’s special-needs class, and students and guardians from Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Tuaran were in attendance.  Tapuk Tapuk (NGO) conducted a fun and educating sign-language workshop for the children and families.  The riders returned from their fun ride and joined the family day brunch. 
 
Putrajaya Shangri-La; Hotel Jen Penang; Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang; Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines; Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore; and Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu, Zip Borneo and YYBikes Alamesra Plaza Permai sponsored vouchers and prizes for the lucky draw.   
 
The resort’s event partners include Aramaitii Events, YYBikes Alamesra Plaza Permai, Percetakan Mutiara MP Sdn Bhd, Solaris Spectrum Sdn Bhd, YYBikes Alamesra Plaza Permai, F&N Beverages, C E Technical, Consolidated Food Chem, Pemborong Norsam Jaya, Jasa Abadi, Mega Express Sdn Bhd, E'Lux Engineering System, Desa Integrated Food, AsiaEuro and Kwong Hin.
 
Planning for the annual event “Rasa Ria Ride for Autism Awareness” in 2017 has begun.  It will be in April 2017, which is Autism Awareness Month, during which the resort will also host a family day to promote the cause.
 
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 the highest 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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