Tokoriki Island 20 May 2020 – The Solia Lesu by Marriott foundation, continued its support efforts to positively impact the communities it operates in. The recent delivery was done at Yanuya Village in the Mamamanuca Islands. This is the thirteenth village community the foundation has successfully partnered with.
“We are very proud to be able to make a difference in the lives of people during this difficult chapter. Not only has the current pandemic had a devastating impact on the livelihoods of people here but also the recent catastrophic tropical cyclone Harold. It is astounding to see how Fijians are coping with the situation and not letting this deter them. Their Bula Spirit and Bula smiles give you hope and optimism.” commented Joakim Zetterberg, Hotel Manager, Sheraton Fiji Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island “As an industry of people taking care of people, these communities have always been with us to welcome guests and take care of them and times like these are when they need us.”
Farrah Shazleen, Cluster Director of Human Resources, Marriott International Fiji Resorts together with the executive committee personally travelled to Yanuya Village and delivered over bags of rice and flour, gallons of cooking oil, various types of seedlings and linen to the village headman Jone and Chief of Vunativi clan.
In addition to these, four engineers from the property also assisted the villagers by training them on how to get clean drinking water and how to fix the water tanks which had been previously leaking or damaged. The engineering team fixed a few solar systems which were not working due to the damages sustained during tropical cyclone Harold. Further to this, they educated the villagers on the generator and other mechanical tools and did consultations for repair work with what they need to have them fixed.
Associates on Tokoriki Island moreover made effort for a major cleanup of Yanuya beach to restore it after cyclone with village the kids.
Solia Lesu, which means to give back is part of an initiative by Marriott International Fiji involving its five Fiji properties, namely the Westin Denarau Fiji Resort & Spa, Sheraton Fiji Resort, Sheraton Denarau Villas, Sheraton Tokoriki and Marriott Momi Bay Fiji.
Solia Lesu by Marriott foundation stems off the Nurture pillar of Serve 360 that believes in making the communities where we operate better places to live, work and visit. To support the resiliency and sustainable development of these communities, we invest in the vitality of their children and natural resources, as well as deliver aid and support, especially in times of need.