School of Tourism & Hospitality Management Visits Hilton Early Intervention Center
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Staff and students of USP’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management with students of Hilton Early Intervention Center.
Staff members of The University of the South Pacific’s School of Tourism & Hospitality Management (STHM) and students of the Tourism and Hospitality Students Association (TAHSA) visited the Hilton Early Intervention Center in Suva on 28 October 2015.
More than 15 staff and students participated in the event by donating items on a ‘wish list’ that included stationery, basic necessities and morning tea for the children. The initiative was mooted by STHM staff and supported by the TAHSA Committee.
Head of STHM, Professor Marcus Stephenson, who was also part of this visit, said that the initiative was just the beginning of STHM’s commitment to the Center, and more visits will be organized in future.
“We want to develop a closer relationship with the Center because we believe in its educational-based mission and its strong emphasis on social inclusivity,” he added.
Mr Marika Kuilamu, who oversees STHM’s social responsibility initiatives, agrees that such activities should be encouraged because “it fosters a caring attitude to the world”. He also said that, “STHM is concerned with this core value and indeed wider community accountabilities."
The students who attended were pleased with this visit.
Kara Korovulavula said the visit was a “heartwarming experience” that she will always remember. She added that the children taught her to appreciate “every little thing in life”.
Azam Khan stated that it was a “humbling experience” that he will never forget. He said that "we must support these children as much as we can."
For Jurgen Ali-Traill, “it was extremely satisfying to be part of the visit. Just to see how happy the children were to have visitors was a very gratifying experience,” he said.
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