By LIM CHIA YINGchiaying@thestar.com.my
BY BUYING something for just RM20, one can help rebuild the lives of victims in Yogyakarta shattered by the recent earthquake in Java.
Sheraton Subang Hotel and Towers is holding a charity drive at its premises where one can buy teddy bears from Australia, assorted cookies made by the hotel chefs, T-shirts or even pewter gift sets. The prices range from RM20 to RM100 and these will be channelled to the earthquake victims.
The hotel is also raising funds through its special weekend stay packages at the Deluxe Room.
“It is being offered at RM200++ for a night, instead of the normal RM432++,” said marketing communications manager Elaine Aisyah.
“The offer is valid until Dec 31,” she added.
General manager Datin Jasmine Abdullah Heng said the charity drive was set up a day after news of the tragedy became known to the hotel staff.
“Everyone, from the hotel staff to its top management, is putting in the extra hours to make the charity campaign a success,” she said.
Since the drive began, about RM4,000 has been raised, including from the sale of mattresses.
“We had full room bookings during the F1 race and had bought extra mattresses for the guests then,” said Elaine.
“The mattresses were only used once so we decided to sell them at a low price to our staff to raise more funds.”
The main draw is an auction for a one-night weekend retreat at the hotel’s luxurious Premier Suite.
“Minimum auction starts from RM500++ onwards,” said Elaine.
“Besides doing something for charity, it’s a perfect Father’s Day gift.”
The suite comes with a spacious living room, dining area, pantry and a balcony with scenic lake view.