Banyan Tree Private Collection Making a Difference with Habitat for Humanity

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 26 April 2010

Banyan Tree Private Collection (BTPC), an asset-backed destination club offering perpetual and transferable membership, has launched a fund-raising initiative to benefit the charitable organisation Habitat for Humanity.

As part of a joint program, BTPC is asking membership purchasers to donate US$10,000 from each individual perpetual membership sold, which BTPC will match dollar-for-dollar. Banyan Tree Private Collection boasts one of the most attractive fees in the destination club industry, with membership priced at a one-time joining fee starting at US$150,000. Under the fund-raising initiative, an exclusive rate of US$140,000 will be offered, with a stipulation that US$10,000 of this fee is directly donated to Habitat for Humanity, which BTPC will match with an additional US$10,000.

BTPC aims to raise enough funds to build 100 homes over the next year through this initiative, as well as a through a series of fundraising events to be held throughout the year.

Proceeds from the donations will go towards two Habitat building projects one in Guangdong, China and the other in the Philippines.

In Guangdong, the program centres on the Qujiang district in the southern part of Shaoguan municipality where Habitat aims to build at least 150 housing units in three years for low-income families living in substandard housing, and to transform existing unsanitary and unsafe villages into healthy and sustainable communities in partnership with the local government. More than 15,800 families in the district live in unsafe and temporary mud brick or earthen wall houses without sanitation or ventilation systems. In recent years, many of these houses collapsed during storms and floods causing death and injury to the people and animals.

In the Philippines, donations will also go towards helping Habitats Philippines Pasig River Project which aims to address the potentials of disasters occurring among slum colonies living along the river banks through resettlement and provision of adequate shelter. Habitats ultimate goal for this project is to serve 40,000 additional families between 2011 and 2015 and a capacity 10,000 families served per year by the end of the campaign.

Habitat for Humanity China's General Manager, Steven Ying, expressed delight at the joint initiative. "This is a meaningful partnership that starts with introducing the friends of Habitat for Humanity network to BTPC, which is part of the multi-award winning Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts group, recognized for its corporate social responsibility initiatives worldwide. Likewise, we are excited to welcome BTPC's members to our global efforts. Together, we will bring hope and build decent homes for underserved communities in China and the Philippines."

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