One of the main pillars of our overarching sustainability principle is Community Engagement. In this light, we have designed a programme that builds on the philanthropic and children-focused commitment established in 2004 by our Group: Children at Heart. We believe the path out of poverty begins with equality for all—basic human rights, great education, adequate healthcare. Each of our hotels plays a part in the everyday lives of their neighbouring communities by collaborating with nonprofit partners to support the next generation. Sun Resorts has been the main support and founder of the Sun Children Cancer Fund.
The SUNCARE team takes particular pride in The Sun Children Cancer Trust and the work it has done since 2008 in partnership with the Victoria Hospital. Even today, the Cancer Ward for Children is the only ward in the Indian Ocean region dedicated solely to children suffering from cancer. The ward is equipped with 22 beds and each year treats a total of 120 youngsters, including several from Madagascar and the Comores, where treatment facilities are limited.
Sun Resorts continues to help maintain the building and the wards, and provides psychological support to children and parents when needed.
Each year, we also organise an event at Christmas, one of the worst times of the year to be in hospital. A team spends a morning in the Cancer Ward with the children, their parents and the hospital staff working there. Even Father Christmas turns up!
We believe every child with cancer should have access to essential healthcare. To date, we’ve impacted more than 1,000 lives, but we have so much more to do. We have therefore drawn up a list of priorities for our future involvement:
• Having identified a need for more emotional and psychological support, SUN is collaborating with neuropsychologists to address the unmet psychological needs of the children and their families.
• We have noticed that access to care can be a major problem for many patients. Sometimes this can be because of a lack of transport facilities but, even more complicated, some children need to travel to other countries to receive the most appropriate treatment. We are working to identify the more complex cases and find a solution
• A number of patients are not able to pursue their schooling due to ongoing treatment and a lack of funds. We are working on a volunteer programme to assist them.
SUNCARE Charity Golf Competition
Every year Sun Resorts organised a charity golf course on Ile aux Cerfs.
It is not easy to organise events on this scale but SUN has been fortunate to receive the support of numerous other sponsors and supporters, including Skills Roofing, Mauvilac, Palco Trading, Tornado, J&B Trading, Gypsum Pro, Fondation CIEL Nouveau Regard, CIEL Textile, Four Seasons and Lions Clubs.
This event has become a national event. Sun is the only private company taking care of the national hospital, where children coming not only form Mauritius but from the region
Every year we organise charismas event for the children and have taken children with cancer at heart.
Next year we are looking forward to partner with UN inoder to work on the project CureforAll.
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