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Hotel reaches out to communities

July 05
12:00 2008

image Written By : WAME BAUTOLU. While many people would go to Outrigger on the Lagoon to escape from their everyday responsibility, the staffs of the resort on the other hand are doing exactly the opposite by taking on a whole lot of responsibility.
Many wouldn’t have realized but the staffs of the resort are conducting various community works around the Sigatoka area.
Being the winner of ‘Best Hotel’ in The Pacific Islands-Hotel Club Awards last year, the resort aims to show the same excellence they show their visitors to the very people and community living among them.
Their latest community work was the blood drive which was held at the Hotel’s Human Resource area on Thursday June 26.
Collecting 42 pints of blood, the Resort had exceeded their target of 36 pints which was collected by their Hawaiian counterpart.
Head of Human Resource Jacob Pau’u said they are always tried to exploit various areas of community work to help people around them.
“We have conducted various community works like cleaning up the children’s ward at the Sigatoka Hospital and also contributing school stationeries to a school nearby,” said Mr Pau’u.
There are six different departments in the resort and they took a turn in doing their own share of community work each month.
In March, the Food and Beverage Department cleaned up campaign around the Korotogo areas.
The department had also traveled to the Treasure House Orphanage at Martintar , Nadi and donated television, chairs, beddings, mattresses sheets and towels.
In the month of April the Engineering and Grounds Department did a big clean up at the Sigatoka Hospital Children’s Ward repairing, cleaning, painting the walls and putting up several frame paintings and putting up new curtains.
At the hospital grounds they repaired its fence, straighten the landscaping and planted more plants and flowers.
In the same month the Kitchen Department lead by Executive Chef Shailesh Naidu and Sou Chef Bala Krishna prepared BBQ lunch with desert for the students of the Sigatoka Special School during their sports day making the day even brighter.
On May 24th, the Sales Division traveled up to the interior Koroinasau District School and clean up the wall inside and also outside classrooms wall.
They even painted the school building and painted the inside rooms of their dinning hall and one of their main building.
They also took with them used clothes, school books with pencils, magazines and distribute them to the students.
“What ever way we can help the community, we here at Outrigger are doing our best whether its cleaning up, raking or for the first time we are conducting our very own blood drive,” said Mr Pau’u.
For the blood drive each was required to bring forward old clothing, a dollar and donating blood is optional.
The resort in return provided them will a hearty “Lovo” lunch as a reward for their efforts.
In the invitation for the blood drive, resort’s staffs were reminded not to laugh if their see their favorite manager donating blood.
The money and all the clothes donated will be donated to the Salvation Army to help them with their work.
Leading by example during the blood drive was the Outrigger on the Lagoon General Manager Darren Shaw, followed by Adam Vonthethoff and then Mr Pau’u himself.
When other staffs noticed their top managers were still alive after donating blood, they did the same without any hesitation colleting 42 pints of blood altogether.
With all the work they have done so far during the year, the resort looks forward having their own carnival next month in which they will choose their representative to the Coral Coast Carnival which will take place in November.
“The staffs are enjoys participating in community work and we are preparing for the Bula Spirit Carnival and all six queens are doing their own fundraising and the spirit is very high,” said Mr Pau’u.
For the Bula Spirit Carnival, each department will have its own representative and will be vying represent their Resort during the Coral Coast Carnival.
The Head of Human Resource said all money collected will be directed at building new classrooms for Sigatoka special school.
While the country is facing difficult times trying to make ends meet, a most recognizable resort in the South Pacific are doing their part in making life easier for people around them sharing the Bula Spirit.

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