Here at Aya Hotel, we are aware of the difficulties many people are going through, and so we try to carry out many small actions throughout the year to do our bit to help. They may not solve the problem entirely, but when combined with the efforts made by other hotels on Majorca, as well as organisations and the general public, they are sure to make a powerful force for change.
Now that the year is drawing to an end, it’s time to look back on those actions, as well as look ahead to one that is yet to come.
Early this summer, the Playa de Palma Hoteliers’ Association (which we are partners of) signed an agreement with Es Refugi, a not-for-profit organisation that for the last twenty years has been working to combat poverty in the city of Palma, providing shelter and food for people in need. As a result, and for the second year running, every two weeks we coordinate food donations in order to offer its community kitchen users a more varied diet.
Another interesting initiative takes place each year at the end of the tourist season, known as Operation Kilo Hospitality. When a hotel closes for winter, large amounts of food are left over which are normally returned to the supplier. Fully aware of this, four years ago, the Mallorca Hotel Business Federation (FEHM) and the Hotel Chains Group (ACH) via the Rotary Clubs of the Balearic Islands decided to do something to change this trend. Instead of returning the food, it was given to the community kitchens or poor families. Last year 30,700 kilos of non-perishable food were collected, and the aim this year was to beat that record!
Moreover, each year the local s'Arenal board of the Spanish Association Against Cancer holds a charity dinner and our hotel supports this initiative by contributing some of the wine and cava served during the meal.
Last but not least, we are also keenly aware of the current major health crisis the world is experiencing. So this Christmas, we’ll be buying our greeting cards from Medicus Mundi, to support their vitally essential humanitarian role and help them spread their work.
We’d like to hear about similar initiatives in your country. So why don’t you tell us on facebook?