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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Gears Up For ‘Run To Give’ Charity Run Across Asia Pacific

October 2, 2015 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific today announced that its ‘Run to Give’ charity run will take place in 105 locations across the Asia Pacific on 11 October 2015. As part of this initiative, all ten Starwood hotels in Australia will join hands to organise events in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Run to Give also marks the kick-off of Together As One (TAO), Starwood’s annual global volunteer campaign, in the Asia Pacific region.

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 6,500 hours of community service in 2014 alone.

“Run to Give underscores Starwood’s commitment to drive meaningful impact to the local communities as we recognise 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 organised 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.”

There will be seven runs happening across the country, with the largest held in Sydney.

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 AUD$325,645. Associates from Starwood hotels all over the region organised these unique runs to raise funds for a local charity in which their hotels operated in. This year, the event took on the official name ‘Run to Give’ – chosen amongst close to 500 internal submission entries by Starwood associates, best representing the spirit of the charity event.

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