ROSEWOOD CORNICHE ‘PAINTS A SMILE ON CHILDREN’S FACES’
Hotel staff joins forces with Jotun Paints to refurbish an entire floor at Jeddah Autism Centre
Jeddah, KSA, 14 April, 2013: Dozens of employees at the luxurious Rosewood Corniche hotel joined forces last week to overhaul a section of the Jeddah Autism Centre, as part of their efforts and commitment to support the non-profit organisation which cares for children and families affected by autism.
A group of 87 volunteers, including 10 female staff members, the hotel’s Managing Director along with senior managers and staff from the kitchen, F&B, housekeeping, engineering, finance, security, human resources and reservations departments participated in the ‘Lets paint a smile on children’s faces’ initiative.
The task at hand was to give an entire floor of the Jeddah Autism Centre a complete make-over and freshen up the walls to make it a more vibrant space for the children who are cared for.
Working with partners Jotun Paints, which supplied the materials, the team from Rosewood Corniche included a wide variety of cultures and nationalities, and saw patience and teamwork put to the test as they worked together to paint the space during the recent school spring break.
“I was overwhelmed by the response we had from our team,” said Hans-Peter Leitzke, Managing Director of Rosewood Corniche. “This time of year, when the schools are on spring break, is one of our busiest times and this year we saw a 99% occupancy rate at the hotel.
“Despite everyone working long hours, we had a great number of staff who dedicated their personal time to make this great difference to the Jeddah Autism Centre and the children they look after.”
Nazeha Othman, Deputy General Manager for development and follow up at Jeddah Autism Centre, said: “Rosewood Corniche has played an instrumental role in supporting our centre and it has always been a pleasure working with them. It was wonderful to see their staff members come together. They have done a great job and we would like to thank each person for their hard work and contribution.”
Leitzke added, “But it wasn’t all hard work. The team had a lot of fun taking part and the children were delighted with the outcome which was more than enough of a reward. It is important to us all that Rosewood Corniche plays its role in the local community. The work that Jeddah Autism Centre does is second to none, creating a positive impact on the welfare of children with autism and their families.”
Iman Filfilan, a telephone operator and supervisor at Rosewood Corniche, said: “This was a new experience for me and I felt very good supporting a charitable cause. As a Saudi national, I feel that women should be given more opportunities to participate in such initiatives so we can also play a key role and contribute towards the welfare of our community.”
As part of the hotel’s continued plan to support children with autism, the 2013 Rosewood Corniche Vertical Marathon will be open to the children and families from the Jeddah Autism Centre. The unique challenge, which was launched last year, sees participants running in a relay formation up the 17 floors of the hotel and back down again to the finish line outside the hotel lobby. Proceeds from the Marathon will also be donated to the Jeddah Autism Centre.
Situated on Jeddah’s Corniche, Rosewood Corniche is an ideal place for business and leisure travellers. The celebrated Jeddah Corniche runs parallel to the Red Sea for more than 32 kilometres and provides convenient access to the city’s business and leisure areas.
As the premier hotel in Jeddah, the stunning Rosewood Corniche redefines modern elegance and offers unparalleled personal service and world-class amenities, including 24-hour butler service for each of the 127 guest rooms and suites.