GIVING AROUND THE GLOBE: SWISSÔTEL HOTELS & RESORTS SUPPORTS SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES
ZURICH, 18 December 2006 – This month Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts launched a worldwide fund-raising program to help children around the globe through SOS Children’s Villages.
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental and social development organization that aids neglected and abandoned children and orphans, as well as disadvantaged families.
“As Swissôtel operates hotels in destinations around the globe, it is a privilege for our management and staff to be able to contribute to the welfare of the children of the world by supporting SOS Children’s Villages,” states Meinhard Huck, Managing Director, Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts.
As of December 2006 all Swissôtel properties, from Ankara to Sydney, will prominently display collection boxes near check-in counters to collect guests’ spare change. All funds collected will specifically benefit the SOS Children’s Village in Lavrovo, Russia.
In addition, a portion of all proceeds (a total of CHF 5000; approximately $4200 U.S.) from Swissôtel’s 2006 Christmas cards, Welcome cards, and Celebration cards will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages. Each Swissôtel property around the world will also organize an event to fundraise money for SOS Children’s Villages. For example, Swissôtel Le Concorde, Bangkok held a Christmas tree lighting ceremony to benefit SOS Children’s Villages at the end of November that was attended by Thailand’s H.R.H. Princess Soamsawali. The money collected through this event will be donated to the SOS Children’s Villages foundation in Thailand.
The partnership between Swissôtel and SOS Children’s Villages started in 1999 and as a result many projects have been realized to help children in need. For example, Swissôtel sponsored a house at the SOS Children’s Village in Entebbe, in Uganda. The house was financed with money raised by Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts.
More information about Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts’ partnership with SOS Children’s Villages can be found at www.swissotel.com/sos-childrensvillages.
SOS Children’s Villages, founded in 1949, is one of the largest private non-political and non-denominational welfare organizations in the world. It offers orphaned and destitute children, regardless of race, nationality or creed, a permanent new home and prepares them for their independent life through education. SOS Children’s Villages also work to support and stabilize families in times of crisis, provide health education and relief supplies and reconstruction work in times of crisis.
SOS Children’s Villages work in the spirit of the United Nations Conventions on the rights of the child and promotes these rights around the world. The organization supports more that 450 Children’s Villages in more than 132 countries worldwide.
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts (www.swissotel.com) is a distinctive group of deluxe hotels for today’s discerning business and leisure travellers, combining the renowned Swiss touch with a fresh, modern and contemporary design. Each Swissôtel hotel offers personalized service with charm and efficiency. Located in main gateway destinations and city centres, the hotels have convenient access to business and shopping districts, and local attractions. Swissôtel hotels and resorts worldwide have won prestigious awards and accolades.
* Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts under development:
° Swissôtel Grand Shanghai (target opening 2007)
° Swissôtel Foshan (target opening 2008)
° Swissôtel Tallinn, Estonia (target opening 2007)
° Swissôtel Grand Efes, Izmir (target opening 2007)