With Mandela Day happening this month, and altruism on everyone’s minds, we’d like to challenge everyone to do more than just their 67 minutes. Madiba gave so much of his life striving to improve South Africa; not so he could benefit, but so communities as a whole could live in harmony for generations to come.
At City Lodge Hotel Group, we care – and not just for 67 minutes. We support a number of charities, that are doing amazing work in their fields. We would like to emphasise our partnership with two of these organisations, what they do and how we (and our guests) partner with them.
Firstly, we’ll focus on the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa, or HPCA for short. Their mission statement is: “To promote quality in life, dignity in death and support in bereavement for all living with a life-threatening illness by supporting member hospices and partner organisations.” That tells you the kind of people involved with this organization – caring, loving and professional. Death is a factor of life but it’s not something often spoken about, making our friends at HPCA truly unsung heroes. We’re very proud to support people who face such tough circumstances on a daily basis and help families navigate tough journeys.
With life-threatening illnesses like HIV/AIDS and cancer still devastating our population, there is, unfortunately, no shortage of work for the HPCA. It is their aim to, where possible, provide carefree of charge, meaning there is a huge need for funding.
Our guests play a part in raising funds for the HPCA, when making an online booking on clhg.com, they’re offered an opportunity to select a charity and we donate, at no extra cost to our guests, a percentage of the accommodation value to the chosen charity. As of 2018, R834 285 had been raised through our guest’s generosity!
At City Lodge Hotel Group, we love helping where we can. In 2018, we were proud to donate R210 000 to the Cancer Association – raised through the ongoing Cuppa for CANSA initiative run at our Road Lodge properties. This took the total raised through this campaign over the years to R1.98 million – all thanks to the loyal tea and coffee drinkers at our Road Lodges!
We are very proud to aid such worthy causes and, furthermore, are so proud of how well our guests respond to the initiatives we implement to aid our partners.