The Shangri-La group of hotels in Penang, hosted a Chinese New Year celebration dinner for over 180 people at the Lighthouse, a community service center for the urban poor.
Management and staff of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang, Golden Sands Resort, Penang and Traders Hotel, Penang, brought Lighthouse clients good wishes and a sponsored dinner, ice cream and Chinese New Year cookies.
A grand toss on the giant platter of yee sang between the hotel staff and the Lighthouse clients followed thereafter, and all were treated to a Chinese New Year dinner featuring specialities prepared by master chefs at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang.
The Lighthouse is a community service centre project for the homeless and urban poor initiated by the Penang Office for Human Development, a social arm of the Catholic Church’s Penang-based diocese. It started its operations in March 2003 and it is a charitable organisation dependent on the generosity of the public's contributions and sponsorships. In 2009, Shangri-La group of hotels in Penang, comprising of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang, Golden Sands Resort, Penang and Traders Hotel, Penang, committed to a meal sponsorship programme and took turns to sponsor daily dinners for about 120 guests every month for the duration of one year.
“The Shangri-La group of hotels in Penang is a firm believer in the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Under the Embrace programme, we take corporate initiative to benefit the local community. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to give back to society. We wish everyone a happy and healthy Year of the Wood Horse,” said Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman, Director of Communications at Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa and Golden Sands Resort.
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