Marriott International (Nasdaq: MAR) in Asia Pacific today announced that close to AUD $352,859 (USD $270,000) was raised from Run to Give Hotel Charity Runs that took place on 16 October 2016 across Asia Pacific. Run to Give 2016 marks the first associate event where legacy Starwood and Marriott International came together to celebrate a meaningful cause since the announcement of the merger transaction completion in late September 2016.
Teams at The Westin Sydney and Sheraton on the Park taking part in the run
“Run to Give this year is bigger and even more significant than ever,” said Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Marriott International. “Not only is the event a first for us since the completion of our merger transaction, it also further underscores our commitment to ensure that the increased presence of our hotels in terms of footprint and associate strength continue to drive positive sustainable social and economic impact in the communities which we operate. Run to Give echoes with the mission of Marriott International’s TakeCare movement, which we believe will lead the culture integration in the combined company; and reinforce our core values of putting people first.”
In January 2016, Marriott launched a “TakeCare” movement in Asia Pacific providing resources and opportunities for associates to stay physically and spiritually healthy with an ultimate goal of improving the wellbeing and happiness of associates, while making a difference in the communities that Marriott International operates in.
Run to Give is unique in each location and the events were organised by different Marriott International properties in various locations; some collaborating for the first time to organise such a large-scaled event. Funds raised in each location benefited a local charity for maximum local relevance and a broader impact with wider reach.
Initiated in 2014 by the legacy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific under the ‘Starwood Cares’ umbrella as individual hotel charity runs, 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 AUD $352,859 (USD $270,000). In 2015, the run took on the official event name ‘Run to Give’ – chosen amongst close to 500 internal submission entries by Starwood Asia Pacific associates, best representing the spirit of the charity event.
*based on the exchange rate as of 02 November, 2016