Best Western Donates $30,000 to World Vision Project in Laos

17 February 2015


Best Western Australasia, part of the World’s Biggest Hotel Family, has donated $30,000 to World Vision Australia to provide better education and health resources for fifty children living in rural Laos.

A cheque for $30,000 was presented to World Vision’s Corporate Partnerships Manager Shona Langridge at Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar in Sydney yesterday by Steve Richards, Best Western Australasia’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing and Paul Hodda, Best Western Member Director.

The money was raised from a promotional World Vision rate plan, auction winnings from previous Best Western Conventions and two $1,000 personal donations made by Mr Hodda and Best Western Australasia’s President, Phil Hateley.

“Best Western has always been a family company, so our ongoing partnership with World Vision Australia to help children, their families and communities is a natural extension of this philosophy,” Mr Richards said.

“We’d like to thanks our guests, hoteliers and friends who dug deep to help us fundraise over the last two years. We’re proud to make this thirty-thousand dollar donation to help bring about positive change to children and rural communities in Laos.”

Travelling to Laos’s Xaybuathong district in 2014, Hodda visited the rural communities set to benefit from fundraising support.

“Simple things like roads, clean drinking water and resources for schools are needed to help give children the best chance at receiving a good education and a healthy upbringing. I’m pleased that their standard of living can improve with the help of this donation made to World Vision.”

Langridge said, “Best Western’s support, sponsoring fifty children in a community in Laos will provide funds to improve primary and secondary education through buying resources for schools, improve the nutrition and health of mothers and children under five years old and help sustain food security.”

Since 2010, Best Western Australasia has raised almost $60,000 dollars for World Vision Australia to help children and communities in need around the globe.

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