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Marriott International’s ‘Run to Give’ Charity Run returns in September 2017 across Asia Pacific

JW Marriott Kolkata in Kolkata joins hands in support of Rising Star Outreach

Kolkata, India – 21stSep 2017 – Marriott International in Asia Pacific has announced that its “Run to Give” Charity run will take place in 206 locations across Asia Pacific on September 24, 2017. Debuted in 2014, the annual ‘Run to Give’ brings together hotel associates to organize runs in different cities to support local charities. This year JW Marriott Kolkata joins hands with Rising Star Outreach to aid the care and rehabilitation of children affected with leprosy.

Marriott International’s ‘Run to Give’ Charity Run returns in September 2017 across Asia Pacific

‘Run to Give’ is a key event in Asia Pacific under the company’s ‘TakeCare’ initiative, aiming to encourage associates to live a fulfilling life by promoting physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and establishing a strong team synergy, while reinforcing the company’s core values of “We Serve Our World”. Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Asia Pacific, remarked, “As Marriott International grows bigger, our core belief to serve our world stays the same. With the increased presence of our hotels in terms of footprint and associate strength, we extend our efforts to drive positive sustainable social and economic impact in the communities where our associates live and work. This is the way we take care of our people and our world.”

The race held in Kolkata is divided into 3 km and 6 km categories. Registration is priced at Rs.500. As part of the registration package, participants will receive the participating kit. E.g. Bib-shirt, bottled water, breakfast and certificate.Interested participants can contact the hotel’s board line number +91-33-66330000, or sign up at the JW Marriott Kolkata front desk before the 24th of Sept,2017 or opt for spot registration on the day of the run.

Started in 2014 by the legacy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific as Hotel Charity Run, the inaugural event had seen an overwhelming response of over 20,000 runners take part in 92 locations across Asia Pacific; raising a total of close to USD 228,000. Since 2015, the run took on the official event name ‘Run to Give’ and in 2016, Run to Give marked the first associate event where legacy Starwood and Marriott International came together to celebrate a meaningful cause after the merger in September 2016, raising a contribution of nearly USD 270,000.

‘Run to Give’ is an initiative that highlights how volunteerism efforts have made and continue to make a difference in communities that Marriott operates in. Our associates come forward for this yearly charity run, conjoined by the goal of leveraging teamwork and touching lives along the way. Marriott International’s partnership with Rising Star Outreach, India reflects its broader commitment to enabling opportunities for scores of underprivileged children’, observed Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President – South Asia, Marriott International.

Ms Ranju Jha Alex, General Manager of JW Marriott Kolkata and Multi Property Vice President, East India, Bhutan and Bangladesh will be present to cheer the participants from JW Marriott Kolkata in the city of Kolkata. ‘JW Marriott Kolkata is going to complete one year in the city of joy, and we are elated to bring to them ‘Run to Give’, a unique initiative of helping those in need alongside a fun run in the city. I invite people of Kolkata to join us, and help us in our cause’, said Ms. Alex.
Run to Give expects to gather more than 100 Marriott International associates, in-house hotel guests and participants from the local communityof Kolkata.

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