In celebration of Hilton Worldwide’s annual Global Month of Service, throughout October, volunteers from DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur will join forces with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to fight dengue by spreading awareness of dengue prevention among children, youth and corporate communities. Community service is a tradition embedded in the company for nearly 100 years, and throughout the year Team Members dedicate their time, passion and unique brand of hospitality to create positive change in their local communities. DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur’s effort is a part of Hilton’s month-long celebration of the company’s year-round commitment to serving and enriching the communities where we live, work and travel.
“The number of dengue cases is rising in Malaysia and it remains as one of the nation’s top killer with a 36% increase in cases reported compared to the previous year. Through this collaboration with Kuala Lumpur City Hall, we hope to raise stronger impact and awareness to the communities to curb the spread of dengue before the epidemic worsens,” said Mr. Jean-Sebastien Kling, general manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur. “We are grateful to have gained the full support from various local authorities, ministries and schools through the course of this campaign”, adds Mr. Kling.
On October 15, 2015, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur officially launched the Global Month of Service with an event that took place in Sekolah Kebangsaan Sentul (1) with more than 150 volunteers present from the hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and secondary school children from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Ampang. During the event, a talk and video presentation was presented by the local authorities followed by a mass clean up of the school’s compound. The highlight of the event was the planting of over 60 mosquito repellent trees within the school vicinity. This is aimed at ensuring that school children are protected in the long run and reducing the risk of the mosquitoes breeding within the vicinity.
The hotel will continue the month long campaign with a second phase which will be conducted on October 29, 2015 whereby volunteers from hotel and the Kuala Lumpur City will co-organize an exhibition with the aim to spread awareness to corporate representatives from offices in The Intermark building. Mosquito repellant plants will be planted surrounding the premises of the building to ensure prolonged impact in fighting dengue cases.
Global Month of Service is Hilton Worldwide’s largest annual community service initiative and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of Team Members from every region to engage in numerous volunteer events and activities happening around the world. Volunteers offer their time to support a wide range of projects including conserving natural resources, mentoring and training young people, creating amenity care packages for communities in need, collecting surplus food and distributing to underserved communities and aiding local communities devastated by disaster.
Since its inaugural service celebration in 2012, Hilton volunteers have provided support to more than 6,700 projects worldwide contributing more than 300,000 hours of community service. Last year in just one week, Hilton hosted more than 3,500 projects in 86 countries, volunteering more than 150,000 hours. The company aims to complete 3,750 projects across its global footprint.
Team Members are encouraged to share their personal stories of hospitality and community service. Throughout the month, photos, videos and stories will be posted at www.hiltonworldwide.com/serve, on the Hilton Worldwide Facebook page and on the @HiltonWorldwide Twitter account.