Bhopal, 24 September 2017 – Hundreds of Marriott associates and citizens participated in ‘Run to Give’ charity run early this morning that was organized by Courtyard by Marriott, Bhopal.
This run also took place in 206 locations across Asia Pacific today. Debuted in 2014, the annual ‘Run to Give’ brings hotel associates together to organize runs in different cities to support local charities. This year Courtyard by Marriott in Bhopal participated to join efforts to raise funds for Rising Star Outreach, an NGO based in Chennai, directly impacting the lives of children affected by leprosy in Marriott Home, where they are lovingly cared for and given a new lease of life.
The 3.5 kilometer run that received huge response was flagged off at 7 am by Mr. Rakesh Upadhyay,General Manager Courtyard Marriott Bhopal from hotel premises. It went around nearby locations and culminated at hotel.
‘Run to Give’ is a key event in Asia Pacific under the company’s ‘TakeCare’ movement, which aims to encourage associates to live their best life by promoting physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and creating strong team synergy, while reinforcing the company’s core values of “We Serve Our World”. Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Asia Pacific, remarked, “As Marriott International grows bigger, our core belief to serve our world stays the same. With the increased presence of our hotels in terms of footprint and associate strength, we extend our efforts to drive positive sustainable social and economic impact in the communities where our associates live and work. This is the way we take care of our people and our world.”
Started in 2014 by the legacy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific 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. Since 2015, the run took on the official event name ‘Run to Give’ and in 2016, Run to Give marked the first associate event where legacy Starwood and Marriott International came together to celebrate a meaningful cause after the merger in September 2016, raising a contribution of nearly USD 270,000.
‘Run to Give is an initiative that highlights how volunteerism efforts have made and will continue to make a difference in communities that Marriott operates in. Our associates come forward for this yearly charity run, conjoined by the goal of leveraging teamwork and touching lives along the way. Marriott International’s partnership with Rising Star Outreach, India reflects its broader commitment to enabling opportunities for scores of underprivileged children’, observed Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President – South Asia, Marriott International