November 26 2018

SOS Children’s Villages and Radisson Hotel Group announce regional launch of its global partnership

Radisson Hotel Group™ has launched their regional campaign with SOS Children’s Villages International - Gulf Area Office to support vulnerable children in the Middle East and North Africa. The regional launch follows the announcement made earlier this year of the global partnership between Radisson Hotel Group™ and SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to building loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children.

The local collaboration includes fundraising and youth empowerment initiatives, namely:

“Gift of Family” Campaign
A fundraising initiative that provides guests staying at Radisson Hotel Group’s hotels in Dubai the option of donating AED 5 upon check-out towards SOS Children’s Villages. Participating in this campaign, under the IACAD fundraising permit number of 1344, are: Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City, Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront, Radisson Blu Dubai Silicon Oasis and Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City. All contributions raised during the “Gift of Family” campaign will directly benefit the holistic educational, health and development needs of Arab children who have lost parental care, and have been given a new home and opportunities for their future through SOS Children’s Villages.

SOS Youth Internships
Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City and Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront will also be sponsoring four youth in the direct care of SOS Children’s Villages under a hospitality internship programme which will last for up to six months, with a view to offering successful candidates permanent employment following the programme. Under the global partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, Radisson Hotel Group aims to have its 1,100 hotels in operation sponsor the upbringing and education of at least one child per hotel and help establish meaningful local relationships with SOS Children’s Villages worldwide.
Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Radisson Hotel Group said: “We are delighted to launch the partnership between the Radisson Hotel Group™ and SOS Children’s Villages in the Middle East and North Africa. Our Responsible Business programme is a core pillar of our business and these important initiatives provide a way to directly contribute towards the upbringing and living costs of the children in the SOS Children’s Villages in the region”.

Jumana Abu-Hannoud Managing Director, SOS Children’s Villages - Gulf Area Office said: “Partnerships for development are a cornerstone of our work and with the help of global partners such as the Radisson Hotel Group, we can continue to support vulnerable children and reach out to more children and youth in need. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals we strive to provide access to decent employment, which is another aspect that our local partnership with Radisson Blu provides,  through securing internships and economic empowerment opportunities for vulnerable youth across a number of Radisson Blu hotels.”
Participating in this campaign, under the Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) fundraising permit number of 1344