Radisson Hotel Group has launched their regional campaign with SOS Children’s Villages International, Gulf Area Office to support vulnerable children in the Middle East and North Africa.
The regional launch follows the announcement made earlier this year of the global partnership between Radisson Hotel Group and SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest not-for-profit organisation dedicated to building stable families for orphaned, abandoned, and other vulnerable children.
The local collaboration includes fundraising and youth empowerment aspects wherein fundraising initiative gives guests staying at Radisson Hotel Group’s hotels in Dubai the option to donate AED5 upon check-out towards SOS Children’s Villages. The properties participating in this initiative include Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City, Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront, Radisson Blu Dubai Silicon Oasis and Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City. All contributions raised during the campaign will directly go to benefit the holistic educational, health and development needs of Arab children who have lost parental care and have been given a new home and opportunities for their future through SOS Children’s Villages.
Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City and Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront will also be sponsoring four youth under SOS care under a hospitality internship program up to six months, with a view to offer successful candidates permanent employment following the program. Under the Global partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, Radisson Hotel Group aims to have its 1,100 hotels in operation sponsor the upbringing and education of at least one child per hotel and help establish meaningful local relationships with SOS Villages worldwide.
Tim Cordon, area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Radisson Hotel Group said: “We are delighted to launch the partnership between Radisson Hotel Group and SOS Children’s Villages in the Middle East and North Africa. Our Responsible Business program is core pillar of our business and these important initiatives provide a way to directly contribute towards the upbringing and living costs of the children in the SOS Children’s Villages in the region”.
Jumana Abu-Hannoud, managing director, SOS Children’s Villages, Gulf Area Office said: “Partnerships for development are a cornerstone of our work, with the help of global partners such as the Radisson Hotel Group, we can continue to support vulnerable children and reach out to more children and youth in need. We strive to provide access to decent employment which is another aspect that our local partnership with Radisson Hotel Group provides, through securing internships and economic empowerment opportunities for vulnerable youth across a number of hotels.”