Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Westin's Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Xmas treat for special kids
Story and photos by GEETHA KRISHNAN

THE spirit of Christmas is at The Westin Kuala Lumpur with a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, recently.

Special guests of children from the Magic Education Centre, which was established for those with developmental and learning disabilities, witnessed the ceremony with hotel general manager Martin Jones turning on the lights.

The tall tree, decked in shimmering blue and silver baubles, is located at the lobby.

Jones lighting the blue and silver Christmas tree at the hotel lobby.The Westin has been working with Magic since 2004 as part of their Starwood Cares community project.

The hotel has even designed a syllabus to provide students with skills to enable them to gain employment in the culinary and hotel fields.

It teaches them the basics in bread-making, creative cooking, housekeeping, banquet set-up and decorative arts related to the hospitality industry.

Phase 1 was completed last year while Phase 2 commenced in May, this year.
After the tree-lighting ceremony, Jones announced the sale of Christmas Cards designed by the children of Magic.

The cards are sold at the hotel and profits will go towards special education and training programmes conducted at Magic.

Christmas carols were also sung at the ceremony.

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