Hotel volunteers and the physically disables
As the full moon lights up the autumn sky, the Mid-Autumn Festival is here once more. On September 20th, just before the nation celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, 23 volunteers from The Langham, Shenzhen, headed to the Shenzhen Lianhuabei Rehabilitation Centre to welcome the festival with 30 people with physical disabilities, enjoying a series of interesting activities, including lantern and snow-skin moon cake making, and riddle solving.
Lanterns originated in China over 2,000 years ago during the Western Han Dynasty, and lantern making during the Mid-Autumn Festival has been part of Chinese tradition since then. Families enjoy a time of fun and togetherness as they create personalised lanterns using colourful materials, before taking them to the streets.
The volunteers paired up with people with physical disabilities to compete against the others in a test of craft and creativity. With immaculate teamwork and delicate hands, the teams came up with a number of unique and wonderful creations. The six fastest pairs also received surprise gifts prepared by the hotel.
Also popularly known as the Moon Cake Festival, moon cakes are an indispensable part of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Under the patient guidance of Mr. Yang, Chef of the hotel staff canteen, everyone put their hands together to make delightful and delicious snow- skin moon cakes.
With lanterns and moon cakes out of the way, it was time for another folk tradition—riddle solving. In between the colourful lanterns small slips of paper with riddles written on them were hidden.
Surrounded by witty riddles and amazing gifts, the group experienced the harmony and union of the festival in echoes of laughter.
As part of its commitment to its social responsibilities, The Langham, Shenzhen has always been an active participant in social efforts for vulnerable groups. For five consecutive years since 2013, the hotel has invited “left-behind children” from Longhua Yuanfen and young congenital heart disease patients from Shenzhen Children’s Hospital to spend Children’s Day at the hotel. In addition, for the last two years, the hotel has also prepared hand-made Braille paper for the Shenzhen Blind People’s Association.
Through these charitable efforts, The Langham, Shenzhen hopes to establish a standard for corporate social responsibility.
About Langham Hospitality Group
As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under the Langham Hotels and Resorts and Cordis Hotels brands with more than 50 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from Asia, Europe and North America to the Middle East. The Group takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was widely recognized as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties. For more information, please access the website at www.langhamhospitalitygroup.com.