GOLD COAST, QLD, Australia (October 8, 2014) — Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s philanthropic program has been recognised as the top performing charity initiative in the Australasian accommodation industry.
The Wishes by Wyndham program was a joint winner in the ‘Service to the Community’ category at the prestigious 2014 HM Awards, which recognise the most innovative and successful achievers in the hotel sector across a range of brands, chains and properties.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific collected the award in front of nearly 600 industry representatives, hoteliers and suppliers at a glittering ceremony held in Sydney in September, 2014.
he Wishes by Wyndham program is led by a committee of employee volunteers, who endeavor to raise funds for a different signature charity each year, while also aiming to engage all 1,600 staff members across the company in charitable works.
In 2013 the company raised $80,000 for the Cancer Council Queensland and in 2014, is supporting the Animal Welfare League of Queensland (AWLQ).
Throughout the year fundraising events have included a Good Food Cooking Challenge, a hugely successful Trivia Night, an online pet pageant, and a large team entry into the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Fundraising has also taken place across Wyndham’s network of resorts and sales sites.
Efforts have been greatly boosted by Wyndham’s workplace giving program, which allows employees to donate directly from their pay on a regular basis. In the last six months Wyndham has seen a significant increase of Workplace Giving participants by more than 46%.
“At Wyndham we feel strongly that it is our responsibility to do what we can to support the communities in which we operate, and it is a great honour to be recognised as a philanthropic leader in the Australasian hospitality industry,” said Barry Robinson, CEO and Managing Director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.
“At Wyndham, our Count On Me! service philosophy underpins everything we do, and this includes our service to the community. I am extremely proud of our dedicated Wishes by Wyndham volunteers who go above and beyond to assist those in need,” he added.
Wishes by Wyndham is a global philanthropic program developed by Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific’s U.S. parent company, Wyndham Worldwide.
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