After participating in different games with children, Marriott Hotel staff offered children different gifts including toys, school materials and foodstuffs.
Marriott Hotel General Manager, Rex A.G.Nijhof said the gesture aimed at showing children that they should not feel lonely in their sickness because people around think about them.
“As Marriott Hotel staff, we are happy to be here at Masaka Hospital, this is part of our helping programmes. We always do our best to help the community in which we operate. We are glad to share Christmas with patient children as well as wishing them quick recovery so that they start New Year in good health conditions,” he said.
The gesture stood at Rwf1.5 million and gifts benefitted 90 children from different categories.
Parents of the children hailed the gesture, saying that it comforted them and their children in their ill situation.
“We are happy as people from poor families who are unable to buy toys for our children. My child is happy for the presents. We thank the hotel staff for the loving heart,” said Niyonsaba Kayitesi.
Evariste Bigirima, Director for maternity services at Masaka Hospital, appreciated Marriott’s moral and material support to hospitalized children.
“The joy is apparent on the faces of these children and their parents. They are really happy. Marriott staff spent time playing with the children and gave them gifts. It is really supportive,” he said.
The event followed the Hotel staff’s children reception, a fortnight ago, in which the children shared Christmas ambiance with the hotel management in different games, foods as well as getting the insights about the hotel their parents work for.