A year full of the Corinthia Spirit:  giving and sharing until it hurts. PART ONE

 

The Corinthia Spirit continues to glow brightly. Members of the staff  across the Group and associated companies have further bettered their art of giving and sharing with those in need or less fortunate. These are some of the Corinthians’ social and community activities 2023. In view of the volume of work, Insider Plus is publishing the information in two parts. 

RADISSON BLU RESORT&SPA GOLDEN SANDS

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Golden Sands (the Resort) organised several activities to raise funds and sponsor a bathroom for the Puttinu Cares Foundation for its Central London project. The sum of EUR 2,500 was donated. 

This year, the Resort joined the International Women’s Day Embracing Equality and took this opportunity to celebrate the women working at the Resort for International Women’s Day by organising a brunch. 

Several colleagues joined the HSBC initiative to help serve at the Soup Kitchen in Valletta. 

Coast is Clear

The Resort is an official sponsor of the local environmental conservation organisation ‘Coast is Clear’. Throughout the summer months, several boat clean-ups have been organised, collecting approximately 600kgs of plastic from the sea and the coast from each outing. 

Aġenzija Sedqa S.A.F.E hosted the S.A.F.E. Awards, an esteemed event designed to honour organisations that have successfully implemented Sedqa’s Skills for Addiction-Free Employees programme. The Resort had the pleasure of sponsoring this year’s event by hosting it within the Resort’s premises. Since 1996, Aġenzija Sedqa’s strategy at the place of work focused on raising awareness on addictions and self care at the workplace through its programme called S.A.F.E. – Skills for Addiction Free Employees

October marked the Resort’s annual campaign to enhance Breast Cancer Awareness. Proceeds collected were donated for Cancer research carried out by RIDT – University of Malta Research Trust. 

During the first ten days of October, a Wellness Week was organised with several activities to raise awareness about mental health. The activities ranged from a Stress Management workshop, to ‘Bullying at the workplace’ workshop, dance fitness, health insurance information session, blood tests and a sports afternoon. 

It has become an annual tradition whereby guests and employees at the Resort gather to harvest the finest olives from the Resort’s olive gardens. The olives picked are then pressed, and the oil is sold to guests against a donation in aid of  Dar T’Ghannieqa T’Omm (A mother’s embrace), a home which serves as a respite for young pregnant girls facing emotional, social and financial difficulties. 

QP

QP agreed with Richmond Foundation to offer free service for their staff when required and also runs a welfare Fund to contribute in case any colleague needs help and support. 

Representatives of the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation visited QP to raise awareness on this very delicate theme. QP donated €1,100 to the Foundation.

SOAR is a peer-support service supporting women and children survivors of domestic violence who are trying to restart their lives in the community.The SOAR Survivors’ Hub is a townhouse set in the heart of the village of Tarxien. It is envisaged to become a safe, secure, nurturing space designed to fit the needs of a community of survivors and their children. QP are supporting SOAR Hub by providing detailed drawing packages, schedules, and specifications, as well as associated Bill of Quantities for the funding application and tender process for the selection of contractors.

QP is discussing its further involvement in the improvement of the Caritas Malta premises at Bahar iċ-Ċagħaq and San Blas Rehab Centre in Zebbug.  It is also discussing the possibility of embarking on an exciting new project for Inspire Foundation’s  Marsascala facility, which will be unique to Malta. The goal is to have a fully accessible facility that can serve as a gym for rehabilitation purposes specifically for people who are neurologically injured or with physical limitations. 

QP is holding discussions with the Parkinson’s Voluntary Organisation to enhance the prospects of a Parkinson’s Centre, providing specialised physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialised nurses, psychologists, specialised speech therapists, sleep experts, and dieticians. There is need for patient-centred care for around 2,000 people with Parkinson’s disease.

Staff members collected €3,355 in aid of those hit by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. They also collected goods for Oasis Charity Bazaar in Qormi in support of Mission4Changes in the third world.

A handsome donation was presented to Puttinu Cares Foundation and a Beach Clean Up activity was held in early June at Golden Bay.

Fellow colleagues contributed to Foodbank Lifeline by donating items or money to purchase food and items for the needy for Christmas

Discussions were held with Mobile Blood Donation Unit to organise the next event in mid-2024 with the involvement of neighbouring businesses, the Local Council and Birkirkara FC (men and women squads). The Local Council will  be involved in the organisation and possibly in the logistics.

AQUINICUM

Aquinicum organised the donation of used but good-conditioned mattresses and pillows to the Borostyán retirement home and the Baptistaid charity organisation. 

Borostyán retirement home

According to Hungarian custom, Santa Claus “Mikulás” leaves presents in children’s shoes on 6 December. On this day the HR team and the general manager distribute traditional Hungarian candies. Moreover, there is a Mikulás party with buffet and activities for the families with children. 

CORINTHIA SOCIAL COMMITTEE (CSC)

The committee organised a Long Service Awards presentation at the Lebdah Hall at Corinthia, Tripoli, on 6 February, with the participation of a total of 77 awardees, including ten persons with twenty years’ service and one awardee with forty years’ service. The presentation was followed by a sumptuous dinner and entertainment. Another Long Service Awards was held on 6 December at the Corinthia Ballroom at Corinthia Palace Hotel, Malta. There were a total of 110 awardees, including eight persons with 30 years’ service and three persons with 35 years’ service. The presentation was followed by a reception.

 Long Service Awards

Around 750 colleagues from all Group subsidiaries attended a Summer party on 25 August at Café del Mar, St Paul’s Bay, where there were several entertainment sketches from three DJs and some live performances.

The CSC team was involved in the planning and organisation of an investors’ visit to Budapest in October. 173 investors joined this trip, which included various excursions with the highlight being a gala dinner in the ballroom of Corinthia Budapest. 

A total of 12 teams took part in the Annual Corinthia Football Tournament held on 17 November, which was won by Costa Coffee, with Radisson Blu as runners-up.

MALTA FAIRS AND CONVENTIONS CENTRE (MFCC)

Again this year, MFCC offered very special conditions or fees for services offered to the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation, such as work in relation to the production of the annal show Rockestra. This foundation aims at improving the quality of life and care of individuals and society in general, without any form of discrimination on the basis of social class, gender identity, age, ability, health, status or religion. 

Dar Tal-Providenza

MFCC also assisted Dar Tal-Providenza by offering complementary chair rentals for their annual activity. This home provides residential services to persons with disabilities.

COSTA COFFEE 

Costa Coffee continued its collaboration with the Sigma Foundation, which aims to support those who are most in need. 

Christina Galea visited Bonga in Ethiopia in 2023, for the opening of the school, thanks to the funds raised in the previous year by Sigma Foundation. 

A Marvel Trivia Night was held in February 2023 in aid of Puttinu Cares. Much fun and a handsome collection made the day! 

Barista Day is a yearly tradition where Costa treat its baristas to a sweet treat. This year the baristas were treated to cookies by Greibels, which is a small start-up company run by Costa’s own baristas.    

A small group of colleagues at Costa supported Paulo Freire Institute, an  institute in Zejtun set up by the Maltese Jesuits to empower and promote the self-development, self-confidence and the talents of everyone, especially the vulnerable in society. They provided a deep clean-up of the kitchen, dining and bathroom areas of a family who is facing great challenges on a daily basis. 

In April 23, a Costa team participated in the Puttinu walk in aid of Puttinu Cares.  Also in April, the Costa Malta leadership team joined the Global Costa Stars in London as nominees for the GreenBean Award. Ms Leah Vassallo was also nominated for the Courage Award held in Prague the following month during the Costa Forum. Costa Malta was awarded the Courage Award during the Costa Coffee European Forum held in Prague, in May 2023.

Giant Toblerone for Sisters of Charity

In mid-year Costa Coffee donated two mega giant Toblerone chocolates to the Sisters of Charity of St Jeanne Antide Thouret and the St Joseph Youth Home

A Halloween art competition was held, after which prizes were awarded to the winners and all teams shared sweet treat. A considerable amount of homemade  sweet bones were sold with the proceeds directed to the Sigma Foundation. 

 COSTA Malta won this year’s Corinthia Football tournament.  

We are the winners!

Ms Christina Galea was appointed judge on the company programme supporting the Junior Achievers Foundation (formerly Young Enterprise) and was then chosen to join the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Ms Evelyn Micallef d’Amico also supported the Foundation by delivering Finance skills Training in schools as part of The Building Financially Capable Generation Campaign.  

END OF PART ONE . 

SECOND PART TO FOLLOW.