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Royal Resorts 2018 Turtle Season

Here’s our latest update on the Royal Resorts 2018 turtle season. Royal Resorts security personnel, our turtle guardians, have already released the first 3,822 baby turtles of the season so that they can scuttle down the beach and disappear into the waves to begin life at sea. We hope that in 12 to 15 years time the females born this year will return to the same beaches in Cancun to lay their own eggs.

There are currently 158 nests in the corrals at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander with 18,987 eggs.

Staff at Grand Residences to the south of Puerto Morelos are watching over 22 nests in the resort corral. Fifteen of the nests contain eggs laid by green turtles and seven by loggerhead turtles. To date, 432 baby turtles have been released.

It has been a slow Royal Resorts 2018 turtle season with fewer nests this summer. Turtle nesting is cyclical with a good year always followed by a slow season like this year. The 2017 Royal Resorts turtle nesting season was record-breaking with 1,063 nests and 111,226 baby turtles. We hope that next year the turtles will return to the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean in larger numbers to lay their eggs.

Royal Resorts has been protecting turtles since 1985. Since 1998 when official record keeping began, it has protected 8,153 nests and released 744,864 baby turtles, with thousands more still to hatch this season.

 

 

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Education and conservation, Royal Resorts community causes

From scholarships for students, aid for the sick to conservation, Royal Resorts supports many community causes. Here’s a look at some of the Royal Resorts Foundation’s latest projects.

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Royal Resorts Foundation supporting community causes

Here’s the latest news from the Royal Resorts Foundation and the work it is able to do to transform lives and protect the planet as a result of the generous support of Royal Resorts members, guests and employees.

 

Kitchen construction well underway at Don Bosco Youth Center
Building a kitchen at the Don Bosco Youth Center was the 2018 Royal Resorts Foundation Race cause and it is now taking shape. The teenagers attending the center will soon have access to the balanced and nutritious meals they need as they study for a better future.

Open School at Colegio Mano Amiga
Thanks to the donations of Royal Resorts members, guests and staff, the Royal Resorts Foundation is able to provide scholarships for an entire class of 35 children at Colegio Mano Amiga in the Ciudad de Alegria in Cancun. Royal Resorts Foundation representatives recently caught up with these second graders at their open school event before they broke up for the summer holiday.

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Colegio Mano Amiga students come from poor families, often from single parent households, migrant families or vulnerable backgrounds sometimes overshadowed by domestic violence, health and other problems that would make it impossible for children to continue their studies if it were not for the support they receive from the Royal Resorts Foundation.

 

Collecting school materials
Royal Resorts employees have been collecting new and second-hand text books, art materials and other school kit to donate to children in disadvantaged communities on the outskirts of Cancun.

If you would like to donate educational material, children’s books in Spanish, new toys and clothing in good condition for children and adults, you may do so year round. The Royal Resorts Foundation will see that they get to those who need help the most.

 

Bottle tops can make a difference
Royal Resorts employees support an ongoing campaign to collect plastic bottle tops and put them to better use. In late July, 21 kilos of bottle tops collected at the resorts were delivered to Banco de Tapitas A.C., a Mexican charity that sells them for recycling and uses the proceeds to help children with cancer.

 

Protecting the environment
Did you know that one discarded cigarette stub pollutes approximately eight liters of sea water and up to 50 liters of fresh water? However, they can be reprocessed, mixed with recycled paper and sawdust and given a new use that reduces their impact on the environment. Royal Resorts cleaning staff participated in the First Colillaton campaign organized by the Cancun Ka´Yok´ Planetarium to raise awareness about the need to dispose of cigarette stubs correctly. They handed over 15 kilos of cigarette stubs picked up on the beaches or from ashtrays at the resorts from April to July.

Get involved
For more information on the Royal Resorts Foundation and its community and conservation causes visit www.royalresorts.com/foundation and give it a like on Facebook

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Royal Resorts helping to protect the environment

On June 5, World Environment Day, the Royal Resorts Foundation donated $281,984 pesos to Amigos de Sian Ka’an in support of its conservation projects in Quintana Roo.

From turtle protection to recycling, reducing plastic pollution, saving water and energy, and reforestation among others, for Royal Resorts the role of environmental stewardship is of the utmost importance. Conservation is one of the key causes of the Royal Resorts Foundation, and it is a longtime supporter of Amigos de Sian Ka’an.

Founded in 1986, following the designation of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Amigos de Sian Ka’an is a Cancun-based conservation NGO with a scope that has gone far beyond the borders of the huge reserve. It has been instrumental in the protection of more than 1,100,000 hectares of jungle, wetlands and marine ecosystems and the creation of 13 different reserves in the state of Quintana Roo designated by the state and federal governments.

Its multidisciplinary team of scientists works on conservation projects in the Mayan Jungle and wetlands and to protect wildlife, mapping the state of Quintana Roo’s and Yucatan’s precious aquifers and creating a water management policy that protects the underground rivers and cenotes. Marine biologists monitor the health of the Mesoamerican Reef, fish populations and the eradication of invasive species such as the lion fish and devil fish. Others are involved in sustainable development projects in Mayan communities, combating climate change and environmental education.

The Maya Ka’an community tourism initiative has the goal of bringing visitors to Mayan villages in the reserve and central Quintana Roo and improve the livelihoods of their inhabitants.

MARTI, the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative is a joint program with the public and private sector to establish better environmental practices in hotels, cruise lines, marinas and other tourism companies and protect the coral reefs and other ecosystems in the area.

For more information on Amigos de Sian Ka’an conservation programs visit www.amigosdesiankaan.org

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Royal Resorts Foundation race donation to Don Bosco Youth Center

At a ceremony held in the Ciudad de la Alegria on the outskirts of Cancun in May, representatives of the Royal Resorts Foundation presented the Director of the Don Bosco Youth Center with a check for $340,000 pesos, the proceeds from the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race in February. The money will be used to build and equip a kitchen at the community center for vulnerable teenagers.

The Don Bosco Center provides a safe environment for young people to study, learn skills and attend workshops. Having a kitchen to provide them with nutritious meals will improve their overall health, attention span and academic performance.

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Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race Reaches its Target

A big thank you goes out to all those who participated in the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race in Cancun on February 18, 2018 as one of the 700 competitors or as donors, sponsors and volunteers. With your support, the Royal Resorts Foundation was able to reach the target and raise $341,500 pesos to build a kitchen at the Don Bosco Community Center for disadvantaged young people at risk.

The teenagers attending the Don Bosco Community Center will soon be eating nutritious meals in the kitchen that you helped build. With a healthy diet they will be better prepared for the future and to achieve higher grades in their studies.

The Don Bosco Community Center master plan and kitchen design are almost complete and building is set to begin soon. The Royal Resorts Foundation will keep you posted on progress on this blog and the Royal Resorts Foundation page.

For more information on the Royal Resorts Foundation visit www.royalresorts.com/foundation and like the Royal Resorts Foundation on Facebook

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Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race
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Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race, Feb 18

On a sunny Sunday morning in Cancun Hotel Zone on February 18, 2018, 700 people took part in the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race in support of a good cause. Their goal was to raise money to build a kitchen at the Don Bosco Youth Center on the outskirts of Cancun.

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Sign up for the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race, Feb 18

There’s still time to sign up for the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race on Sunday, February 18 (week 7) in Cancun. Join us for a morning of exercise and fun in support of a worthy cause. All race proceeds will go to building and equipping a kitchen at the Don Bosco Community Project, a center that helps give disadvantaged and vulnerable young people a better future.

REGISTER FOR THE RACE ONLINE

Race details
• The Third Royal Resorts Foundation race takes place on February 18 at 7 a.m. Starting point: Captain’s Cove Restaurant to Westin Regina and back again.
• 3, 5 or 10 kilometers
• Age categories for men and women
Free (15-39 years) Master (40-49 years) Veteran (50 and over)
• Race Fee is $280 pesos per adult and $230 pesos per child and includes a souvenir t-shirt and finalist’s medal, race number, chip, water and an isotonic drink at the finish line
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

Transport will be available for Royal Resorts members and guests staying at The Royal Haciendas in Playa del Carmen who would like to compete in the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race.

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.

Our Race Cause
With the proceeds and donations from the 2018 race, the Royal Resorts Foundation will help build and equip a kitchen at the Don Bosco Youth Center. This Ciudad de la Alegria community center gives vulnerable teenagers in marginalized neighborhoods on the outskirts of Cancun hope for the future.

The Don Bosco Center lends a helping hand to young people who have dropped out of school due to poverty, gang membership, domestic violence and other factors. They continue their studies and learn English and computer skills. Seminars and workshops on health and nutrition, values and self-esteem also give them a boost of confidence and there are sporting and cultural activities too.

A study by the TecMilenio University in Cancun showed that many of the teenagers attending the Don Bosco Center are malnourished and that this is causing low concentration levels and poor academic performance. Building a kitchen will give them access to nutritious meals and better health.

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Register for the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race today
You can register online at www.royalresorts.com/foundation
Email: contact@royalresortsfoundation.org
Bring your friends and family!

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Spreading Happiness, Royal Resorts Foundation Kings Day Children’s Party

A big thank you to all our members, guests and staff that supported the Royal Resorts Foundation 2017 Toy Drive for needy children and donated gifts over the Christmas holidays. You helped spread some happiness. With your generosity we were able to host a surprise Dia de Reyes or Kings Day party for children attending the Huellas de Pan community kitchen and from the Region 96 district in Cancun on January 8.

Due to the numbers of children attending the event, the party took place in the local park near the Huellas de Pan community kitchen. Some 278 children from the center and the surrounding neighborhood enjoyed a morning of games, dancing and face painting. They munched on the traditional rosca de reyes cake, drank juice and took turns to hit the piñata.

In Mexico you cannot have a party without a piñata and even the smallest children at the Huellas de Pan event proved to be experts at hitting the papier mâché figures and racing to collect the cascade of candies.

As the party drew to a close, the children lined up to receive their gifts from Royal Resorts volunteers and for one last group photo with a big smile and a gracias to all.

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Huellas de Pan A.C. community kitchen is working to eradicate malnutrition in one of the poorest districts of Cancun. It provides children with the well-balanced meals they need for healthy growth and learning skills.

Missed this event? You can donate toys during your Royal Resorts vacation any time of the year
The Royal Resorts Foundation collects toys year round if you would like to support this Spreading Happiness cause and bring a smile to a child’s face at Christmas or on Children’s Day at the end of April. Donations of educational materials, art supplies, children’s books in Spanish and clothing for children and adults are also gratefully received.

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Royal Resorts Foundation sponsoring physiotherapy for children

A heartfelt Happy New Year and gracias from the children receiving physiotherapy at the Cancun CRIT Rehabilitation Center thanks to the generous donations of members, guests and staff at Royal Resorts. The Royal Resorts Foundation is sponsoring Dionicio, Jacob, Jessica, Jesus and Ricardo so that they can attend the center and receive the treatment that they need to develop their motor and communication skills, improve their quality of life and give them a better future.

Diagnosed with conditions ranging from spina bifida and cerebral palsy to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (a genetic connective tissue disorder affecting the skin, muscles, bones and blood vessels) and slow psycho-motor development, these brave children are attending physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, speech therapy sessions and arts and crafts workshops. They also have regular appointments with the team of pulmonary specialists, orthopedists and psychologists at the center, depending on their particular needs.

One of the children, Jessica, is the daughter of a member of staff at The Royal Sands.

Great News
The Royal Resorts Foundation donated $217,620 pesos to the Cancun CRIT Rehabilitation Center this month and has increased the number of children it is sponsoring to six. The son of one of the electricians in the Corporate Maintenance department, Juan Eduardo has a cerebral development disability and therapy will help improve his coordination.

About the CRIT
The CRIT Center (Centro de Rehabilitacion e Inclusion Infantil Teleton) is part of a network of 23 centers all over Mexico managed by a charity called Fundacion Teleton. CRIT helps children with physical and neurological illnesses, speech impediments and other conditions requiring physio and specialized therapy get the treatment their families so often cannot afford. Fundacion Teleton also has a Children’s Cancer Hospital, and helps 294,172 children nationwide.

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