Starwood Hotels & Resorts Gears Up for ‘Run to Give’ Charity Run Across Asia Pacific
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Chiang Mai, Thailand – 01 October 2015 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific today announced that its ‘Run to Give’ charity run will take place in 105 locations across Asia Pacific on 11 October 2015. As part of this Asia Pacific-wide initiative, Le Méridien Chiang Mai will organize the event in support of The Centre for Medical Home Care Equipment and Support, Nakornping Hospital. Run to Give also marks the kick-off in Asia Pacific of Together As One (TAO), Starwood’s annual global volunteer campaign.
Now in its second year, Starwood has dedicated the entire month of October to TAO to encourage additional volunteer efforts and also celebrate its associates’ volunteer work that takes place year-round throughout the world, making a positive impact in their communities. Across Asia Pacific, Starwood associates have volunteered more than 6500 hours of community service in 2014 alone.
“Run to Give underscores Starwood’s commitment to drive meaningful impact to the local communities as we recognize that the vitality of our business is directly linked to the vitality of the places where we operate,” said Stephen Ho, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “Last year was the first time we organized the charity run to immense response; this year with the continued support from our associates, we are confident that Run to Give will accomplish more than we ever could alone.”
The race held in Chiang Mai is a 6.2 KM charity run. The route will see participants running across the city’s business district (Chang Klan Road and Charoenprathet Road).
Registration is priced at 300 THB. As part of the registration package, participants will receive a LMCM Run to Give T-shirt, the 01st - 03rd place winners for both Male and Female will receive trophies and dining vouchers from Starwood luxury hotels, and all tickets purchased are included in a raffle for amazing prizes including accommodation and dining vouchers at various Starwood hotels. Interested participants can contact Le Méridien Chiang Mai at 053 253 666 or sign up at the Hotel’s Front Lawn on the race day at 07:00.
Started in 2014 as Hotel Charity Run, the inaugural event saw an overwhelming response of over 20,000 runners take part in 92 locations across Asia Pacific; raising a total of close to USD 228,000. Associates from Starwood hotels all over the region organized these unique runs to raise funds for a local charity in which their hotels operated in. This year, the run took on the official event name ‘Run to Give’ – chosen amongst close to 500 internal submission entries by Starwood associates, best representing the spirit of the charity event.
Run to Give expects to gather more than 350 Starwood associates, running enthusiasts and philanthropists from Chiang Mai. Local medias and the Hotel’s Management Team will also be attending. Funds raised through the charity run in Chiang Mai will go towards Nakornping Hospital to support The Centre for Medical Home Care Equipment and Support as an effort to educate and support the families and caregivers of home-cared patience.