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“Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is pleased to give back to the local community of Batu Feringgi, where we operate, as well as Teluk Bahang, where many of our staff are from. We designed a fun and interactive Sanctuary Programme, with lots of games, recycled art and storytelling aided by simple visuals. The objective of the Sanctuary Programme is to educate the school kids, who are our future leaders. But more importantly, we hope to empower them to take action, be it now as a child, or later as an adult,” said Elizabeth Liew, the resort’s corporate social responsibility manager.
The session kicked off with a simple “Getting to know PenYu”, which translates to “Getting to know your friend”, during which the facilitator, Carrol Marie Lawrence, introduced the four endangered turtle species found in Malaysia alongside other turtle facts.
The children were then enthralled by a stimulating storytelling session, followed by an exhaustive “Turtle Telematch”, where the children simulated various stages in a turtle’s life, focusing particularly on the threats the turtles face. After making creative sand art turtles, the children were taken to the Eco Centre for an interactive tour, and they watched a special video presentation by the Penang Department of Fisheries.
“We are proud to have an ex-Pai Chai student, Kanageswaran Muthukaripan, better known as Kana, volunteer as one of the group leaders. Staff volunteer rates for this particular programme was very encouraging – we had 16 staff volunteers over the two-day period, and many more wanting to volunteer for the same programme with SRK Teluk Bahang in October,” said Ms Liew.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remain committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner while balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. Under the umbrella of sustainability, Shangri-La’s social responsibility programme consists of the two elements of “embrace” and “sanctuary.” Embrace focuses on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. In sanctuary, the programme concentrates on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, visit Shangri La’s CSR section.