The 159 staff still permanently employed at The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel in Sea Point have rallied together to raise over R27,000 to provide food packages for their colleagues.
“The Peninsula’s ethos and energy is focused on supporting those around us and fostering community spirit,” says Chris Godenir, The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel General Manager. “And as we slowly find our feet again with restrictions gradually scaling back, it has remained our responsibility to ensure that we continue to uphold that.”
He further explained that during the nationwide lockdown, many of their fellow staff members had become the sole breadwinner in their families. “With the situation as it is now, we’ve realised that this is our chance to truly make a difference in how we operate day-to-day, and not just for our guests, but for those still very much a part of our Peninsula family.”
Dubbed their ‘charity begins at home’ initiative, they have collectively raised over R27,000 throughout May from employees – with donations from The Peninsula timeshare owners taking the total to over R60,000.
“Over the last five weeks our ‘Peninsula tribe’ has also helped provide meals to around 200 people based at the Culemborg bridge shelter here in the city centre,” adds Brynn Rorich, The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel Guest Services Manager.
Their efforts entail a mass production of hot and nutritious meals prepared under strict sanitary conditions in the hotel kitchen which are then delivered to the site on a weekly basis.
“The shelter offers respite and relief to the city’s homeless with facilities like beds, toilets and storage lockers, all free of charge, however, meals are not provided and NGOs in charge of the site are currently overwhelmed which is why we stepped in to help,” explains Rorich.
In celebration of Youth Day this month, the staff are also currently providing lunch to the Grade 7 pupils returning to St Paul’s Primary School in the Bo-Kaap until the 3rd of July. “We wanted to extend our support to this historic school that has been providing education for the local community for over a century. It is truly part of our multicultural Cape heritage,” she added.
Aside from their social responsibility efforts, the staff are currently welcoming in their first business travellers.“We know a few of the new health & safety measures will feel quite different to the norm,but we’re doing our utmost to ensure our guests feel relaxed, well-taken care of, and safe,” explains Godenir.
The hotel has recently installed a keyless door lock system that allows guests to check into their rooms without having to go to reception. This phone-based, keyless entry solution allows for off-site check-in and reduces the amount of ‘high touch’ contact points. It also gives busy travellers the option to skip the queue at reception and save on time.
Those wishing to get more involved in the initiatives at The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel can contact Brynn Rorich, Guest Services Manager, at +27 (0)21 430 7777 or email@example.com