In line with the corporate motto “I Will Care,” the Bentota Beach Hotel in Sri Lanka, is dedicated to combating HIV and Aids, to ensure that the status remains “low prevalent” in the country. The John Keells HIV/Aids Awareness Campaign focuses on prevention through education and access to the correct information.
The Bentota Beach Hotel belongs to the small group of Elite Green Globe Members, renowned to lead by example. This property stands out with their numerous social responsibility initiatives.
Over the past few months, the hotel conducted a series of programs to raise the HIV-Aids awareness among the community. Another objective of this initiative was to enhance the living standards of HIV victims in Sri Lana.
In collaboration with Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa, and the under guidance of Mr. Sanjeeva Perera, General Manager at both properties, donations were made to the IDH Hospital, Lanka Plus, and the `Positive Women`s Network`, providing support and resources for women living with HIV. Donation items included mattresses, pillows and cases, towels, bed linen, and table mats.
“We are committed to support the community, and do what we can to contribute to an Aids-free generation in the region,” said Mr. Sanjeeva Perera.
John Keells plays a significant role nationally and in the region in efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. The hospitality group was the principal Sri Lankan corporate sponsor of the 8th ICAAP (International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific), held in Colombo in August 2007. The Foundation has been a member of the Board of the Lanka Business Coalition on HIV&AIDS since its inception and holds its chairmanship at present. The John Keells HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign was highlighted in the “Best Practices by Private Sector in Disease Prevention and Management – South West Asia Region.”
ABOUT BENTOTA BEACH HOTEL
The Bentota Beach Hotel is part of John Keells Hotels PLC, which is the hospitality leader in the Sri Lanka and Maldivian sector. The hotel, designed and based on an ancient Dutch fort by the famous Geoffrey Bawa, is situated in the southern coastal zone of Sri Lanka, at the point where the Bentota River flows into the Indian Ocean. Bentota is known for its stretches of indigo sea and golden sands, a peaceful perfect beach sanctuary to escape to. The property offers 130 superlative rooms and 3 suites, all of which have sea-front or river views. All rooms are color-washed in somber beiges and whites and decorated with bright colored bed spreads and pillows. The resort offers a wide array of services, including a water sport center, tennis courts, and the Azmaara Spa.
Contact: Sanjeeva Perera, General Manager, Bentota Beach Hotel, Bentota, Sri Lanka, Phone: +94 (0) 34 2275176-7 / 2270524, Fax: +94 (0) 718440159, Email firstname.lastname@example.org , www.johnkeellshotels.com