Recently, over forty Hilton Worldwide staff members and general managers from the company’s 18 hotels across Egypt were joined by HE Ezzat Mohamed Saad, the governor of Luxor while spending the day with the children of the Sunshine Orphanage in Luxor, Egypt. This special outing is in line with the company’s “Blue Energy” concept of encouraging passion and commitment among staff members to undertake community service activities.
The Hilton Luxor Resort chefs and staff set up and prepared a range of dishes on-site for the children’s lunch while the regional members served them their meals, played team games with them and organized an auction where artwork created by the children was sold. The auction raised EGP 16, 500, which was given directly to the orphanage. During the visit, the children gave the Hilton members a message in a bottle with their wishes, letting them know their dreams and what they would like to become when they grow up.
“At Hilton Luxor we believe that the success of our business is directly tied to the success of the community in which we operate,” said Christoph Schleissing, General Manager of Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa. “Hilton Luxor has a long-standing relationship with the Sunshine Orphanage which is in line with Hilton’s global commitment to supporting local youth initiatives. Our relationship with the Sunshine Orphanage helps ensure the care and protection of underprivileged children in Luxor with the hope of providing the proper environment to encourage the success of future generations of Egyptians. It was an honor for all the local and regional Hilton staff to have the opportunity to spend the day with the children at the orphanage and to extend our support in a more personal way.”
The Sunshine Project was founded in 1996 by Pearl Smith and Dr. Amr Taha, secretary General of the Egyptian Doctors Association after a visit to Luxor by Pearl, where she felt compelled to help the street children she saw living in implorable conditions. The Sunshine Project is a non-profit charity established in the UK which provides funding and aid to the children of Luxor, Egypt. The Sunshine Foundation in Luxor offers a home, personal care and shelter, education, recreation and health facilities to abandoned, orphaned or needy children in the area. The orphanage currently houses 93 children.
Hilton Worldwide hotels are an integral part of the communities in which they operate; supporting local charities and initiatives where they feel they can make a difference. As the world’s leading global hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide has always stood behind its long-term commitment to CSR initiatives under four broad themes: creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainably.