Raipur, 22 September 2019 – Hundreds of Marriott associates and citizens participated in ‘Run to Give’ charity run early this morning that was organized by Courtyard by Marriott, Raipur. The 4 kilometer run was flagged off at 7 am by Hotel General Manager Rajneesh Kumar. It went around nearby locations and culminated at hotel. Large number of women also joined the run.
The winners of the run were Prem Singh (first), Dikeshwar Prasad (second) and Ashish (third). All the winners were felicitated with medals while participants received certificates of participation.
Rajneesh informed that this run also took place in more than 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 Raipur 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.
‘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”.
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.