5th Annual Kurumba 'Party with a Purpose’
On Thursday, April 21st, Kurumba once again hosted an amazing ‘Party with a Purpose’ event raising over US$23,000 in aid of 145 orphaned and foster kids living at Kudakudhinge Hiyaa Orphanage. A community of musicians, resorts and other corporate business partners were found to be having a lively and vibrant time filled with food, drink, music, dancing and auctions.
“It is a wonderful turnout for our 5th Annual Party with a Purpose. We thank all our event sponsors for securing high prized vouchers for the auction tonight. It is truly them who are making the money. We thank all our suppliers for free food and beverages.” said Jason Kruse, General Manager of Kurumba Maldives.
Proceeds from ticket to the party, food and beverages by almost 150 invitees throughout the event went to the cause. The local and foreign suppers for the Party had Cosmopolitan, SIMDI Beverages, Grape Expectations, MMI Maldives, Navean, Coca Cola, SAFCO, Yeoman Group, Good Food Exports as sponsors. Other contributed suppliers include M7, Bee House and Rateria.
“This event also highlights the talented Maldivian artists to General Managers and F&B Managers from other resorts. Through these annual events, we hope to seeing an increased demand for local talents in resorts.” added Jason Kruse further.
Nine different local artists were seen volunteering their time to perform local and International tunes for the resident guests and invitees enjoyment at Kandu Bar from 5.00pm to 12am. The musicians volunteered were Island Fusion, Passive Harmony, Flower Rain, Mishy, Mira, Rishvan Imon, Def Note, DJ Paide, DJ Maapu and Ammadey.
The silent auction, which went on throughout the evening ending at 11pm had 24 from resorts and hotels category along with three major airlines as sponsors. The highest prize on the auction was by Jumeirah Vittaveli worth of USD 4300 open for the bidders. Other auction sponsors included W Maldives, Coco Collection, Veligandu Resort, Holiday Inn Kandooma, Olhuveli Resort, Kurumba Resort and Spa, Taj Vivanta by Taj, Sheraton Fullmoon, Taj Exotica, Maalifushi by COMO, Hotel Jen, Four Seasons Resort Kuda Hura, Jumeriah Vittaveli, Thulhaagiri Island Resrt, LUX Resort, Bandos Island Resort, OBLU by Atmosphere Helengili, Velassaru, Gili Lankanfushi, Park Hyatt Handahaa. The airline sponsors were Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Turkish Airlines.
According to Kurumba, this year the funds will be allocated mostly for educational projects, in cooperation with Kudakudhinge Hiyaa and the local NGO ARC – Advocating the Rights for the Children.
“We were looking for CSR Opportunities at that time. On our inquiry, we found that Kudakudhinge Hiyaa was struggling to meet the very basic needs of children. We found it essential to meet those needs and make others in our industry aware of providing care and support to orphans and vulnerable children.” said Ali Farooq, Assistant Food and Beverages Manager and local head of CSR activities in Kurumba Resort, with regards to how the annual event started for the 40th anniversary of the resort.
The set up for the 5th ‘party with a purpose’ was done by Event Maldives. They also had support from a taskforce of more than 55 hardworking team members from Kurumba resort that volunteered cheerfully for the cause. The photography and videography of the event was done by Think Advertising and Digital Studio.
“It’s the fourth consecutive year being able to participate for such a noble cause. On top of everything, it’s a get together for all musicians and we always have a great time“ Mauroof Khaleel, a top artist and a talented DJ talks about volunteering for the cause.
“We make so much money out of resorts. Its amazing that Kurumba has begun ‘Party with a Purpose’ just to give back to communities. Not many do that.” said Mishy Athif. The young and talented artist has been performing for resorts mostly.
The Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage, located on Villingili, established in 2006 and Hulhumale, recently opened in February 2016, hosts children between the ages of 6 months and 21 years old. This is a self-supporting service that requires help from the community and industry in order to continue providing a caring, safe and educational environment for these children.
About Kurumba Maldives.
Kurumba Maldives, the very first private island resort, is set on a tropical island in North Male Atoll, a brief 10 minute speedboat ride from the airport. Beautiful gardens, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a vibrant house reef is the hallmarks of this classic Maldivian resort.
Kurumba has also been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including Maldives Leading Hotel (World Travel Awards) in 2010 and 2011, and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Service and Luxury (2013) as well as the number one All-Inclusive resort in Asia (2014 and 2015), and number one best All-Inclusive resort in the world (2015).