With significant numbers of Australians returning to Bali, Accor’s Bali hotels have launched a programme to assist Bali’s underprivileged children in a most practical way.
Spearheaded by Accor’s Regional Manager in Bali, Michel Vivier - and co-ordinated by the General Managers at each hotel - the campaign will encourage visitors to Bali to make small donations of clean, good quality clothes as well as toys, school materials, art materials and non-perishable foodstuffs for children aged 3-18, which will then be distributed to orphanages and needy children.
“The thought behind the campaign is for tourists to bring full suitcases of surplus gifts, unload them and either stock up with shopping in Bali - which the island is famous for” said Michel Vivier. “It really has a double benefit because the donations will be greatly welcomed and purchasing goods at local stores, will help revive the local economy”.
“We recently had an Australian media group here, who all brought gifts and goods for the kids at the SLB D. YPAC orphanage and school for physically and mentally disabled children - and Accor donated boxes of much needed sheets, pillows, towels, rice and noodles - so it was over 30 boxes of goods delivered in front of their eyes. The kids did a song and dance routine as a thank you.and the project concept was born”, Michel added.
The donated goods can be left at Sofitel Seminyak, Novotel Tanjung Benoa Resort, the Novotel Nusa Dua Hotel and Residences, Mercure Resort Sanur, Mercure Hotel Kuta and the All Seasons Legian Resort.
The latest Bali initiative is part of a wider Indonesian programme designed to assist local communities, says Accor’s President Director for Indonesia, Gerard Guillouet: “Accor in Jakarta runs “A Tree for A Child” project that is sponsoring education and health care for 100 children and pays for some education, whilst rewarding parents for allowing their children to finish their education. The programme has also purchased land and planted trees for future income for the school. Our work in Bali compliments our wider corporate social responsibility programs.”
One of the journalists has also collected more than 100kg of books, stationery and toys from Perth - to be sent up by Garuda Indonesia to Bali in the next few weeks.