This World Autism Day, the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, in association with Autism Association of the Maldives, held a special fundraiser to spread awareness and support children with autism. The events included a fun run at the Fari Campus and everyone were handed merchandized custom-made blue caps embroidered with inspiring wordings “embrace, educate, and empower”.
The celebrations were also supported by the preferred local partners: Intour Maldives, Capital Travel and Pearl Travel, under the brand's flagship programme, The Community Footprint project. Local partners virtually participated in the event and immensely supported the different associates at the Fari Campus - the dedicated staff island focused on community, education and engagement.
The Community Footprint project is a global outreach initiative of the brand founded with the aim to contribute and uplift local communities, built around three signature programmes: Child-Wellbeing, Environmental Responsibility, Hunger and Poverty.
"We often see discrimination towards people with autism and unfathomable challenges they face in the community.” said Abdulla Nabeel, the advocate for Child-Wellbeing at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, commenting on the importance of uniting to amplify awareness. “I believe it's time to take strong actions to create awareness and education. It should start from your home, workplace and community, by embracing and creating an inclusive culture. We can collectively dismantle the social stigma by acting now."
Set to open on June 1, 2021, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands has been initiating various projects under the Community Footprints programme, such as donation made to Huraa island's pre-school on International Volunteer Day 2020. Even before opening their doors to the world, they have committed to connect with local communities to make a meaningful difference and a lasting contribution to the destination.