Employees of Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo took time away from the bustling hotel recently to spend quality time with the Children of two orphanages recently.
The Granville Wickremaratne Memorial Children’s Development Centre for Boys at Gonawala, Kelaniya cares for fifteen young boys between the ages of five to fifteen who have been orphaned. The Finance team of the hotel, visited the home geared with treats for the boys. They were welcomed warmly by the children who entertained them with their performances. A touching moment that tugged on the emotional cords of the team was when one of the young boys sang a song about a mother’s love for her child.
The Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo crew provided refreshments to the children and spent the day talking to and playing with them, rewarding winners of the games with gifts. They enjoyed musical chairs, cricket and many other activities together. A donation of mosquito nets, towels and other amenities were made to the orphanage. Soon the hotel’s staff hopes to provide the children with a clean and safe play area by developing the space available at the orphanage currently. They found that what the children wanted more than any material gift was to be loved.
The human resources department of the hotel pooled in their resources to help the children at the Methsarana Childrens Home in Ganemulla where twenty boys between the ages of two and twelve are cared for. The team donated fans for the boys’ dormitories and spent the day with the children. Managing a team of more than 800 employees, the HR team of the hotel is familiar with the complexities of managing people. They were taken up by the disciplined manner in which the children behaved, which extended from well organized performances to giving thanks before consuming the food provided by the hotel.
Both teams returned to the hotel with a sense of satisfaction about a day well spent, and with the conviction to return to the orphanages soon.