1. Can you tell me about Run to Give and what’s the background of this cause? 

‘Run to Give’ is an annual Marriott Asia Pacific program that has become an integral part of the company’s commitment to cultivate a people-first environment that promotes associates’ well-beings and drives its people to care for the communities where they do business. This year, 57 hotels from Marriott International hotels and resorts in Indonesia will come together to raise funds to support the Bali Children Foundation as well as Marriott associates, who have been significantly impacted by the downturn in business during the pandemic.  This month-long event will take place from October 1 to October 31, 2021.

2. Since last year, the event has been held virtually. So how does it work?

Runners everywhere are encouraged to run solo or in a team and are invited to participate in ways that are safe for them to do so: running in their neighbourhood, local park, yard, or even in the living room, whilst continuing to practice social distancing. 

3. Do you miss the offline event back then? which do you enjoy the most? 

Absolutely! As the pandemic takes away our luxury to physically gather, the 2021 Virtual Run to Give keeps us connected while championing the same cause. Health and well-being have always been important and essential, even more during these difficult times. Through this event, we want to invite everyone to take their much-needed escape from the all limiting at-home routine and run for their health and well-being. At the same time, we aim to help the affected people in need by joining the virtual run and to raise funds for a good cause.

4. The fund will proceed to Bali Children Foundation, what’s the reason you Marriott International Indonesia choose them? 

Bali Children Foundation have strong relationship with Marriott International, they are very transparent with us in terms how they utilize the donation to help our local community, in addition they also provide the website for us to raise the fund.

5. Explain how Run To Give would help Bali Children Foundation? 

This event has a registration fee of AU$15 (approximately Rp155,000) and this year’s virtual run proceeds will be going towards helping thousands of children to complete school, to find employment, and to improve their lives and the life of their community. Our Virtual Run to Give provides our associates with the chance to be part of a community that appreciates, respects, shares kindness and contributes to society.

6. Is Run to Give only open for Marriott Bonvoy members? Can nonmembers paricipate? If yes, How? 

Yes, of course! Besides the General Managers and other hotels’ associates, the general public can also join the run and support the cause. To join the Virtual Run To Give 2021, simply go to our online registration at: https://fundraise.balichildrenfoundation.org/event/run-to-give-2021/home

7. What do you hope happens next with this virtual event?

We hope that we could continue to support the community around Marriott International properties by the fund raising as well as giving the chance to our associates to take care of their well-being.