The second quarter of 2019 fuelled energetic Mad Monkey teams across our hostels to continue their support for local community initiatives with innovative fundraising ideas & events & promoting awareness for Global Campaigns addressing social welfare issues and a peaceful and sustainable environment.
In the Philippines, Boracay Island marked the first anniversary of its April 2018 closure & subsequent re-opening with events celebrating the ongoing rehabilitation of this world famous tourist destination. Mad Monkey Boracay was proud to host & promote events during this Sustainability Week themed “Love Boracay: Celebrate, Rehabilitate” to generate environmental awareness among residents, tourists and stakeholders.
With all hands on deck, the hostel holds to its commitment to maintaining a clean environment with regular clean ups on Bulabog Beach aided by our guests as well as staff.
Mad Monkey Boracay also created lively hostel events to continue its support of Balabeg Elementary School with proceeds adding to a fund for the purchase of school supplies and sporting equipment.
Celebrations for Easter Sunday in the Philippines saw Cebu City Mad Monkeys dressed as Easter bunnies and a big easter egg hunt for delighted children and families from Barangay Lorega
In preparation for opening our newest hostel Mad Monkey Siargao, our proud certified first aiders are now skilled and ready to provide assistance to our guests, fellow team members, locals & tourists during emergency situations:
“Always First. Always Ready. Always There.”
And over at Mad Monkey Bangkok, 11 staff also completed their First Aid Training course which included CPR training, regular first aid, snake bites, how to stop bleeding, first aid for broken bones & heatstroke.
Our staff got to try out some practical CPR on a doll.
April 6 is the United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which recognizes the power of sport in promoting peace and erasing cultural barriers worldwide. For some years, Mad Monkey Hostels has been promoting comradery amongst our community members through sports. This year Mad Monkey teams helped in raising awareness of the positive contribution sports brings to the community. In the Philippines, Cebu City & Boracay hostels held pool parties and pool olympics, in Nacpan they held their own Beach Olympics. Over in Cambodia, Koh Rong Samloem island hostel rallied their guests for a mad day of “Pier Olympics & Beach Competition” 💪💪💪
In Cambodia, Mad Monkey Phnom Penh funds local teams so that more players can join and establish a sense of community. For further information, check out our full Sports Day feature here: https://bit.ly/2Ke5pDW & the football team’s website at www.rielphnompenhfc.com
Mad Monkey initiatives have included supporting improvements in children’s welfare, health and education. Mad Monkey Coogee Beach, Sydney holds weekly fundraising events for the benefit of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. Their fun trivia night, every Wednesday, draws up to 40 guests and the proceeds help fund new equipment, training for health professionals, art, music & play activities as well as groundbreaking research.
For more information: https://www.schf.org.au
Mad Monkey Bangkok supports Peuan Peuan Project providing psycho-social support with essential services to children, youth and their families in Bangkok shelters.
Peuan Peuan has been working since 2006 in the government shelters in Thailand to provide services to children detained.
The services include: non-formal education, life skills, psycho-social counseling, hygiene education, translation and other activities to ensure their good mental health and rehabilitation during their time in the shelter.
In Phnom Penh, we are continuing our funding of a classroom for children aged 8-14 years for the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF). Last quarter we reported on our Mad Monkey Hostels Cambodia emergency fundraiser following a fire in March that devastated homes in an area where the Cambodian Children’s Fund works. 52 families were left homeless and without possessions. A few months on, we can bring good news from CCF: “Plans are in place with the land bought and cleared, and the design of the new homes agreed, made possible thanks to generous donations, which came in from Cambodia and around the world.” More information about CCF & this project can be found here:
In Thailand, Mad Monkey Bangkok staff have been upskilling with ChildSafe Training provided by social workers from Peuan Peuan Project. The course provided tools for staff to identify where a child may be in an unsafe situation and was delivered through presentations, role playing, group discussions & tasks.
World Health Day in April, focusing on the need for universal health coverage & UN World Day Against Child Labour in June provided us the opportunity to spread awareness of these issues and inform our Mad Monkey Bangkok guests.
Mad Monkey Hostels are proud ChildSafe supporters. For more information https://thinkchildsafe.org/
Mad Monkey Hostels & our Siem Reap team is working with the Cambodian Buddhist Association for Vulnerable Children (CBAVC) to improve access to clean water in Siem Reap Province. Without access the villagers, mostly women and children, have to walk 3 kilometers to collect dirty water from stagnant pools or contaminated streams resulting in many health problems such as diarrhoea and other diseases.
For International Yoga Day, Mad Monkey Siem Reap stretching with Loz Adams, founder of Whole Lotta Soul Yoga & Dance with donations going to CBAVC for Water Wells.
During April and May we were able to fund 6 new Water Wells at a total of $1980. With thanks to all our customers, we have now contributed over $60,000 to CBAVC and built 251 Wells!
For more information: http://www.cbavc.org/
Looking after our Environment
At Mad Monkey Hostels, we believe that the little things we do eventually make a big positive impact to the community. As a socially responsible business, this extends to the environmental impact we make in the places where we’re located.
That’s why in honor of Earth Day in April & World Environment Day in June, we created a special twist to our hostel events to incorporate a “trash pickup” to help keep our local environments sparkling!
In the Philippines, Cebu City added in a clean up activity alongside their Moalboal & Canyoneering Tour, Nacpan organised a sunset beach clean, Boracay organised their trash collection crew for Bulabog Beach & Siargao hostel offered a free Siargao Shocker for every sack filled with trash collected at the Mangroves.
In Cambodia, Siem Reap hostel hosted a combined city clean up and walking tour, while over on the island Koh Rong Samloem hostel hosted a Trash-to-Treasures event which was a huge success.
After gathering the trash, and with the help of our clever guests, we were able to create…TRASH MONKEY!
Thanks to everyone who came out to pick up trash on their holiday. Mother Earth appreciates you!
World Oceans Day is a day to celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. This day is for spreading awareness of plastic pollution and encourage people to take action to save our oceans
A little bit of rain didn’t stop Mad Monkey Kampot staff & guests from cleaning up Mother Earth this World Oceans Day!!
With gloves, bags & grippers supplied, free transport & free drinks, Kampot hosted a beach clean up Kampot Playground together with The Green School Cambodia.
Over in Nacpan & Boracay Mad Monkey teams & guests lent their muscle to World Environment Day with organised groups of trash collectors keeping their beaches free of litter with some clever ideas for recycling the garbage for further use.
Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem – keeping the environment clean – has regular beach trash pick ups with free beers for our lovely guests who join us
🌊 ONE FREE BEER FOR EVERY BAG OF TRASH COLLECTED
🌊 EVERY TUESDAY AND SATURDAY
🌊 12:30-1:30 PM
Rounding off our CSR activities this quarter – Pride Week was a huge success across the regions, our Mad Monkeys made us proud! Thanks to all our partners who worked with us to create these amazing events across all the hostels!
And finally with thanks all our Mad Monkeys – our guests from all over the world – who make it all possible for us to support all these amazing projects and worthwhile causes.