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Give a Toy and Make a Child Smile, Royal Resorts Toy Drive 2017

Help the Royal Resorts Foundation spread some happiness this holiday season by participating in the Royal Resorts Toy Drive 2017. We are collecting gifts for disadvantaged children who attend the Huellas de Pan community kitchen in Cancun. With your support we can bring a smile to the faces of many little ones this year.

If you are currently staying at Royal Resorts or will be traveling to Cancun over the Christmas holidays you can help by giving a toy.

What can you donate?
• Barbie and similar dolls
• Superhero toys
• Cars
• Plastic balls
• Soft toys for tots
• Tea sets and other kitchen play sets
• Board games
• Children’s books (in Spanish)
• Coloring books, pencils, crayons and paints
• Craft making sets
• Candies

Please do not donate battery-operated toys, guns and war games

Toy collection boxes in the resort lobbies
Look for the decorated gift box in the lobby and leave your toys there. Final day for giving toys: January 4, 2018. Royal Resorts employees are also supporting the Royal Resorts Toy Drive 2017 and collecting toys for tots.

Where to buy toys
All the big supermarkets and chain stores in Downtown Cancun and Playa del Carmen have even larger toy departments for the season if you are not sure where to buy gifts. If you prefer to contribute to the Toy Drive by making a donation so that the Foundation can buy toys on your behalf, please contact the Duty Manager.

If you are not traveling to Cancun this season and would like to help, the Royal Resorts Foundation accepts donations of educational material, new toys and new and used clothing (children and adults) in good condition all year round. You can also donate online.

January 5 Children’s Party at Huellas de Pan
On January 5, Royal Resorts Foundation volunteers will be visiting the Huellas de Pan community center in Downtown Cancun to surprise children with the toys collected in the Royal Resorts Toy Drive 2017 and a party with traditional rosca de reyes cake, piñatas and other surprises. January 6, Dia de Reyes or Three Kings Day is the day that Mexican children traditionally receive gifts.

About Huellas de Pan
Huellas de Pan A.C. is a Cancun charity working to combat malnutrition among the poorest members of society. Through its community canteen it provides the nutritious meals that children need for healthy growth and better educational development. The Huellas de Pan community kitchen also serves meals to the elderly and anyone in need.

Through the Royal Resorts Foundation, Royal Resorts supports community and conservation projects in the Cancun area and the state of Quintana Roo. It provides study scholarships for children at the Mano Amiga School, sponsors cancer screening and treatment for women on a low income, physiotherapy for special needs children and provides emergency relief for employees in times of serious illness.

Children receiving gifts on January 6, 2017, after the Royal Resorts Toy Drive 2016

 

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Ready for the 2018 Royal Resorts Foundation Race

On your marks, are you ready to compete in the 2018 Royal Resorts Foundation Race and support a worthy cause? Join us on Sunday, February 18 (week 7) in Cancun for a fun event that the whole family will enjoy. Bring your friends too! The community project we are supporting in 2018 is to build and equip a kitchen at the Don Bosco Youth Center for teenagers in need. Help us to build dreams.

Take part in the 5 or 10-kilometer race or a three kilometer walk and there’s a Fun Run for the kids too.

Race details
• The 2018 Royal Resorts Foundation Race takes place on February 18 at 7 a.m.
• Route: Cancún Hotel Zone from Km 16.5 towards El Mirador
• Starting point: Captain’s Cove Restaurant parking lot to Westin Regina and back again.
• 5 or 10 kilometers
• 3-kilometer walk
• Race Fee is $280 pesos per adult and $230 pesos per child
• Limit of 700 competitors

Race categories
• 3 km Fun Walk
• Adults 5 km Race
For men and women
Free 13-39 Years Master 40-49 Years Veterans 50 Years and above
• Adults 10 km Race
For men and women
Free 13-39 Years Master 40-49 Years Veterans 50 Years and above

Children’s Fun Run
Bring the kids! There is a race for them too!
• Children aged 4 to 7 years
500 meters
• Children aged 8 to 12 years
1 kilometer
Start time: after the Adult Race

2018 Royal Resorts Foundation Race Closing date
February 10, 2018 or until the field of competitors has been filled

Race inscription includes
• Race number • Souvenir t-shirt • Chip • Finalist’s medal
• Water supplied along race route and the finish line
• Isotonic drink at the finish line

Collecting your race kit
Competitors must collect their kit on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Gran Salon Hacienda Sisal at The Royal Sands. Competitors who fail to show up will lose all rights to compete. Race Kits will not be handed out after this time or on the race day.

Prizes
Prizes will be given to the first three places in each category in the 5 and 10 km races for men and women. The first three Royal Resorts employees to cross the finish in the 5 and 10 km races for men and women will also receive prizes.

If you are not going to be in Cancun in February you can still support the cause by making a donation to the Royal Resorts Foundation online at www.royalresorts.com/foundation or during your stay at Royal Resorts.

The 2018 Royal Resorts Foundation Race Cause
The proceeds and donations from the 3rd Royal Resorts Foundation Race in 2018 will be used to build and equip a kitchen at the Don Bosco Youth Center, a Ciudad de la Alegria community initiative that helps vulnerable teenagers in marginalized neighborhoods on the outskirts of Cancun.
These young people are often forced to drop out of school due to poverty or family problems. They may be at risk from domestic or gang violence, addiction and crime. The Don Bosco center offers them the chance to change their lives. They can continue their education at the center and learn English and computer skills. There are seminars on health and nutrition, self esteem, values and citizenship and they also enjoy sporting and cultural activities. The kitchen will provide them with nutritious meals and give them a better start in life.

Register for the 2018 Royal Resorts Foundation Race today
Register online at www.royalresorts.com/foundation
Email: contact@royalresortsfoundation.org
Invite your friends and family to take part!

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Get set for the second royal resorts foundation race

FEBRUARY 19, 2017

On your marks, get set, go… the Second Royal Resorts Foundation Race will take place on February 19, 2017 and we are looking for runners to join us in supporting a worthy charity cause. This year, the Royal Resorts Foundation has teamed up with Pro Niños Excepcionales A.C., a Cancun NGO that supports children with physical, neurological and mental challenges to help a man who has given his life to caring for sick children. We will be raising money to help Maclovio Tun and his family. Maclovio is 74, his wife Carmen has been confined to a wheelchair all her life after a childhood bout of polio left her unable to walk and their son Reyes has cerebral palsy. Their home is in desperate need of renovation and our goal is to rebuild and extend the house, making it a safe space for all to live in.

Maclovio is the sole breadwinner in his family, steadfastly caring for his wife and his son with dedication and dignity. Pro Niños Excepcionales volunteers first met him 12 years ago when he brought his son on his tricycle to its physiotherapy clinic to request help for the boy. His appeal was granted and in return he helped out at the center cleaning the land and collecting fallen dry wood to sell as firewood. It soon became evident to staff at the center that he did not have a steady job and after meeting Carmen, it dawned upon them just how precarious Maclovio’s situation was.

In order to help him, Pro Niños Excepcionales hired Don Maclovio to work in its equinotherapy center. To this day, he cleans out the stables, looks after the horses and leads them around the paddock during sessions with children.

A Race with a Mission, to Rebuild Maclovio’s House

Maclovio and his family live in a house that is literally falling down. It was seriously damaged during Hurricane Wilma and has never been repaired. Parts of the roof are missing, others leak when it rains and falling tiles, crumbling plaster and rotting wood are a constant problem. There is no front door, a safety issue for such a vulnerable family, only one bedroom, an improvised kitchen, no cupboards or closets and no bathroom. The lack of clean water and sanitary facilities are serious health concerns.

Our goal is to raise money to renovate the house completely, adding a second bedroom, a proper kitchen-dining room, a bathroom and the ramps and other mobility aids that Carmen and Reyes desperately need. This project will improve the lives of Maclovio and his family, giving them a home that they will be more comfortable in.

Sign up for the Second Royal Resorts Foundation Race

By competing in the Second Royal Resorts Foundation Race you can transform the lives of Maclovio and his family and help renovate their home. Sign up today by emailing contact@royalresortsfoundation.org

Invite your friends and family to take part too!

The closing date for registration is February 11.

Race Registration Details

  • The race takes place on February 19 at 7 a.m., the starting point is Captain’s Cove Restaurant, km 16.5, Kukulcan Blvd, Hotel Zone, Cancun and the route takes you as far as Westin Regina and back.
  • Race Fee is $250 pesos per adult and $150 pesos per child

It includes a souvenir t-shirt and finalist’s medal, race number, chip, water and an isotonic drink at the finish line

  • 3, 5 or 10 kilometers
  • Age categories for men and women

Free (15-39 years)   Master (40-49 years)           Veteran (50 and over)

Prizes will be given to the first three places in each category in the 5 and 10 km races for men and women. The first three Royal Resorts employees to cross the finish in the 5 and 10 km races for men and women will also receive prizes.

Children’s Fun Run

Bring the kids! There is a race for them too!

Children aged 4 to 7 years

500 meters

 

Children aged 8 to 12 years

1 kilometer

 

Community Walk

If you don’t want to run, why not join us by signing up for the 3-kilometer walk? It’s open to all ages.

If you are not going to be in Cancun in February you can still support the cause by making a donation to the Royal Resorts Foundation online at www.royalresortsfoundation.org or during your stay at Royal Resorts.

Royal Resorts Foundation Donation for Cancer Screening

As part of its Cancer Awareness Month activities, the Royal Resorts Foundation donated more than $150,000 pesos to pay for breast cancer screening studies for 400 women on low incomes.

The Royal Resorts Foundation supports the fight against cancer and has partnered with Cancun-based NGO Grupo Desafio de Quintana Roo, A.C. to help women in poor communities get vital cancer screening and treatment.

This was the Royal Resorts Foundation’s second donation to Grupo Desafio this year. In May, it was able to cover the costs of medical studies for 293 women, including mammography screening, RX, mammary ultrasound testing and bilateral mammograms as part of its Gift of Life for Women campaign.

Founded in 1999 by a group of women who fought their own battle with cancer, Grupo Desafio de Quintana Roo, A.C. started life as a support network for breast cancer patients. Its mission is now to help all those living with the disease, regardless of sex, age or type of cancer.

In addition to helping women from the poorest sectors of society with cancer screening and treatments, Grupo Desafio seeks to raise cancer awareness by giving seminars on the disease and the importance of early detection in local communities, the workplace, schools and colleges. It also offers self-help and counseling sessions for patients and their families.

 

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Dani moves into his new home

Remember Dani, the brave little boy from the village of Leona Vicario who has ‘bones of glass’ or brittle bone syndrome? In February, the Royal Resorts Foundation held its first fun run in partnership with Cancun NGO Erase Una Vez un Hogar, A.C. (Once Upon a Home) to raise money to build him a house and dramatically improve the quality of his life. Dani and his family moved into their brand new home in August and Royal Resorts volunteer Raul Prado was one of their first visitors.

Built with ramps for wheelchair access, Dani’s new house has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living/dining area and a small terrace. He’ll live there with his parents, sisters and the latest member of the family, a new baby brother.

The house is almost finished, but there are still things to be done such as installing lighting and ceiling fans, mattresses and the foam floor mats that Dani needs to be able to safely play on. Erase Una Vez un Hogar launched an appeal for donations in order to obtain the furniture and appliances still needed.

Dani is happy to be in his new home and thanked everyone at Royal Resorts for their help and friendship. Raul presented this little champ, who is always ready to smile despite the challenges he faces, with his Royal Resorts Foundation race medal and t-shirt.

We will be talking to Dani and his family soon to find out how they are getting on in their new house, so stay posted.

 

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Another school year starts for our scholarship students at the Mano Amiga College

The Royal Resorts Foundation promotes children’s education as one of its community causes and helps pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds with grants to enable them to study.

As a result of the Dollar a Stay campaign at the resorts and the generous donations of members, guests and employees, we are able to give scholarships to 51 children studying at the Colegio Mano Amiga in Ciudad de la Alegría in Cancun.

We thought you’d like to see some of the most recent graduates from the Mano Amiga School. This group of 27 happy, smiling five and six-year-olds had just finished school for the summer break when they recorded this video to say thank you for the support they receive from the Royal Resorts Foundation. Some of them completed pre-school, others their first, second, third or fourth year of primary school and they are all ready for the next stage of their education in the fall.

Seven of the children received diplomas for outstanding conduct, English, dance, Catholic studies, for effort and excellence in sports.

The class of 2016 want to say a resounding and heartfelt “gracias” for your support.

 

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A second chance at life, rescuing injured wild animals

A heron with a broken wing, a pelican injured as a result of entanglement with fishing tackle, a coatimundi hit by a car and even an ocelot in captivity, all these and many more wild birds and animals are nursed back to health by Cancun couple Hilary and Alberto (‘Beto’) Charles.

The Royal Resorts Foundation helps them in their work by donating old towels and sheets every month to be used as hammocks for the patients to rest in, slings and bandages.

In a fast growing city like Cancun wildlife faces many threats, ranging from loss of habitat and pollution to rapidly moving traffic. Birds fly into plate glass windows and seabirds are injured by boats, fishing nets, lines and hooks and plastic garbage. Parrots and other jungle birds, monkeys, baby coatis, margays and ocelots are hunted in rural areas and sold illegally as pets in the city. Many are rescued by the authorities in a state of neglect and are taken to Hilary and Alberto for care.

Cancun residents for almost 40 years, Hilary and Alberto began their rescue work 35 years ago and Hillary, who once watched and helped out at vet surgeries at a Mexico City university, is now an expert in the care of wild animals. She recently participated in a training course given by the University of Texas on wild bird management for local vets.

When Hilary and Alberto first started rescuing birds, news of their dedication quickly spread and Cancun residents began to leave injured birds and animals that they found in their neighborhoods at the family residence. Nowadays, the Fire department, government environmental agencies and local vets all call on them for help.

The birds that they rescue include owls, ospreys, peregrine falcons, parrots, orioles, doves, motmots and huge frigate birds. They have raised mockingbird, pygmy owl and Yucatan jay chicks, painstakingly fed hummingbirds with a honey and water solution and taught young woodpeckers how to search for beetles and larvae in tree bark using a training log. Pelicans, herons and ducks wander freely in their back yard and flight cages house eagles and hawks. Every morning the park in front of their house echoes with the rattling calls of chachalacas that they once cared for and that now roost in trees that the Charles family have planted over the past 30 years.

They regularly receive injured raccoons, opossums, squirrels and foxes. They often have two or three coatimundis running around. Coatimundis are gregarious creatures so they wait until they have troupes of five to six before releasing them together. They have even tended porcupines and their young, peccaries, monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, kinkajou, deer and the tamandua or Mexican anteater, which often falls victim to traffic due to its poor vision and slow movements.

When completely recovered, wild birds and animals are released into their natural habitat again wherever possible. This means taking them to areas of pristine jungle or wetland, private reserves such as El Eden or the huge Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve where they are set free.

 

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Royal triathletes

In June, the team of Royal Resorts Foundation triathletes took part in Cruce de la Bahía, a swimming race across the bay to Isla Mujeres. They followed it up with a road race organized by the Cancun Polytechnic, both to raise money for our community and conservation causes.

 

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30 years of conservation in the Mexican Caribbean

Cancun-based NGO Amigos de Sian Ka’an, A.C. celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year, three decades of tireless work and campaigning for the protection of the Mexican Caribbean’s rich ecosystems.

Amigos de Sian Ka’an was founded in 1986, six months after the creation of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and is a conservation pioneer in Quintana Roo. From research and conservation projects in Sian Ka’an when it first began, over 30 years its work has gone far beyond the borders of the reserve. It has planned and lobbied for the creation of several other reserves in the state, including Uaymil, Contoy, Arrecifes de Sian Ka’an, Arrecifes de Xcalak, Chinchankanaab, Balan Ka’ax and Cozumel, among others. In fact, as a result of the direct actions of Amigos de Sian Ka’an, 1.1 million hectares of land has been protected to date and there are more areas proposed for future reserve status.

Amigos de Sian Ka’an projects also include:

 

  • Mapping the area’s cenotes and underground rivers, working on a water management plan for the Yucatán Peninsula’s hydrological resources
  • Monitoring the health of coral reefs
  • Monitoring crocodile and bird populations and other endangered species
  • Coastal management plans
  • Scientific research
  • Sustainable development in Mayan communities
  • Maya K’ab community fair trade network
  • Maya Ka’an community tourism network to bring travelers to rural villages in Sian Ka’an and the Zona Maya
  • MARTI Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative
  • Environmental services payments to landowners to keep jungle and water sources intact to protect them for posterity, conserve wildlife and offset climate change
  • Working with area biologists, landowners and government agencies to create wildlife corridors linking reserves to protect endangered species such as the jaguar and puma
  • Environmental education

 

The Amigos conservation team comprises biologists, development workers and volunteers and its projects range from wildlife research and an environmental services payment program for protecting the jungle to water studies and sustainable development. Whether it’s monitoring the health of the Mesoamerican Reef and marine life to safeguarding the jungle and the creatures that dwell in it, mapping the network of underground river systems in the Riviera Maya and community products and tourism in Mayan villages, Amigos de Sian Ka’an is involved in protecting the unique, fragile and incredibly rich mosaic of ecosystems with which the state of Quintana Roo is blessed.

A longtime supporter of Amigos de Sian Ka’an, the Royal Resorts Foundation has partnered with it to protect areas of tropical forest in areas of northern Quintana Roo under threat from development. By saving the forest, wildlife and the aquifers that supply water to Cancun, Isla Mujeres and the Riviera Maya are also protected. The goal is to expand the amount of jungle protected under this program and work towards the creation of a biological corridor linking El Eden Reserve and Yum Balam Reserve in the north of Quintana Roo with Sian Ka’an that will provide a refuge for endangered species such as the jaguar, puma and ocelot and protect the underground rivers of the Riviera Maya.

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Hosting a Lunch for the Senior Citizens of Cancun at Hacienda Sisal

Every month, Royal Resorts Foundation volunteers help out at a lunch for senior citizens at a parish church in Downtown Cancun. In April, it rolled out the red carpet for them, welcoming 135 of them to Hacienda Sisal for a special meal.

This group of senior citizens comes from Lourdes, Santa Cecilia, Maria Auxiliadora and San Juan Bosco parishes. They are poor and the majority of them have been here since the early years of Cancun. They do not have a family support network to look after them and many are ailing, with limited mobility, sight or hearing problems. This monthly get-together is their only opportunity to meet up with friends.

Royal Resorts normally provides lunch for the event and volunteers from the resorts serve the guests, spending time with them and making sure that they all enjoy themselves. In April, instead of gathering at the Lourdes church, the elderly parishioners were bussed out to Hacienda Sisal where Royal Resorts Foundation and Restaurant Division volunteers welcomed them and escorted them to tables decorated with flowers brought by the resort gardeners.

During lunch, musicians of the Perla del Caribe marimba band performed traditional melodies from the state of Chiapas and other parts of Mexico.

The afternoon entertainment included dance, fashion and singing contests and the guests also received gifts and food baskets.