Sunday, January 19, 2014

Thistle PD Kids In Charge! Winner

After 4 board meetings,
With its first ever advisory board 
Comprising 10 kids aged7 – 12 years old
Thistle Port Dickson concluded its Kids in Charge! 
Initiative with a ceremony 
To pay tribute to the Board members...

Adam Mrani, 12 years old, 
The Grand Prize winner! 

Adam won a 6 day/5 night stay 
At Thistle London for a family of four, With return air tickets to London, 
Courtesy of SriLankan Airlines. 

He received his mock ticket 
From Mr Chinthaka Weerasinghe, 
Country Manager Malaysia, 
SriLankan Airlines 
And Mr John Murphy, 
General Manager of Thistle Port Dickson Resort.

“It was an awesome experience, 
In terms of what I learned 
And also the many friends I’ve made 
During the four Board Meetings,” 
Said Adam who is a student 
At S.K. Seri Mega in Kuala Lumpur. 
“I’m glad I was able to actively contribute 
And be a good team player 
During the various projects 
We had to undertake as Board Members. 
What I’ve learned will stand me in good stead 
For years to come.”

Adam’s proud mother, 
Vanitha Samuel, 
Was equally thrilled 
To see her son 
Declared the grand prize winner. 

“It was a truly amazing learning curve 
For Adam,
And the whole experience wasn’t so much a contest,
But involved a whole lot of mentoring and encouragement 
From the Thistle team and facilitator 
Who brought out each kid’s potential. 
In fact I can see the change in Adam, 
Who’s become more confident 
And more of a leader in many ways. 
And the rest of the parents have been so supportive 
And become very good friends as well,” 
said Vanitha.

Each Board member was tasked 
With coming up with ideas 
To transform Thistle PD 
Into Malaysia’s best hotel for kids, 
A place where kids can truly enjoy themselves. 

The ideas ranged across 
All aspects of the hotel’s operations, 
Including its F&B offerings, 
Accommodation, services, 
Amenities and activities.

Besides convening at the meetings, 
The Board members also conducted their own research, 
Interviewed staff of the hotel 
And conducted feasibility surveys 
To ensure the ideas presented 
Were practical, workable and cost effective.

Board members were judged by a panel of 5 judges, 
Who adjudicated the members 
Based on originality and creativity of ideas, 
As well as their overall performance 
Over the 4 Board meetings.

“We were indeed astounded by 
The wit, charm and creativity of these kids 
Over the 4 Board Meetings. 
Their brilliant ideas 
Truly reflect their high level of commitment. 
They have proven that 
Children are full of possibilities and surprises 
And they deserve to be given a chance 
To show the world what they are truly capable of. 
Kids today are more astute than ever before, 
And in our efforts to continually improve our services, 
We held this initiative 
To make Thistle Port Dickson Resort 
A true haven for kids, 
And the kids have been successful in this,” 
said John Murphy.

Each Board member was also rewarded 
With complimentary passes to Legoland Malaysia 
And a certificate of appreciation!

The idyllic Thistle Port Dickson Resort, 
Located just 80km from Kuala Lumpur 
Is set in 36 hectares of tropical landscaped gardens, 
Along a 3-kilometre stretch of a private sandy beach 
In Teluk Kemang, 
One of the most popular beaches in Port Dickson.  
Already recognized by a host of awards and accolades, 
Including the 2012 Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor, 
Thistle Port Dickson Resort boasts 251 luxuriously furnished rooms 
With views of either the Straits of Malacca 
Or the resort’s very own golf course. 
All room bookings at the resort 
Include complimentary unlimited wi-fi, watersports, 
Golf, tennis and many other activities.

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