To celebrate Food Day, COMO Maldives resorts support local students

COMO Hotels and Resorts has launched an initiative to support children, including school students in Maldives, as part of the hotel group’s celebration of World Food Day.

Launched in association with Mastercard, the initiative celebrates World Food Day, which falls on October 16, by highlighting the importance of childhood nutrition. From October 1 to December 31, the partnership (through the Purchase with Purpose programme) will provide 10 nutritious meals for underprivileged children every time a guest settles their bill with a Mastercard.

In the Maldives, the beneficiaries of this year’s Purchase with Purpose programme include:

  • Maafushi School and Guraidhoo School: Providing primary and secondary school education to 580 children. Supported by COMO Cocoa Island.
  • Thaa Gaadifushi School: Providing primary school education to 50 children. Supported by COMO Maalifushi.

Hans Jörg Meier, Chief Operating Officer for COMO Hotels and Resorts, says: “World Food Day is an important day for us. At COMO, we believe that serving our guests well includes providing an assurance of responsible dining. This partnership with Mastercard will allow us to serve at least 35,000 meals to underprivileged children living in the vicinity of our hotels.”

World Food Day is celebrated each year on October 16 by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to commemorate the founding of the organisation in 1945. Events are organised in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

COMO runs two resorts in the Maldives, the COMO Cocoa Island in South Male Atoll and COMO Maalifushi in Thaa atoll.

COMO Cocoa Island is an intimate private Maldives island resort, located in the South Male Atoll and accessible by a 40-minute speedboat ride from the main Velana International Airport.

COMO Cocoa Island. PHOTO/ COMO

The resort features 33 overwater suites, allowing you to slip right into the turquoise lagoon to explore an exceptional house reef. Encircled with powder soft white sand, the carefree, understated luxury experience includes holistic wellness treatments at COMO Shambhala Retreat, South Indian-influenced cuisine and world-class diving.

COMO Maalifushi is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to open in the pristine Thaa atoll in the archipelago’s southwest. With overwater villas and garden suites, Maalifushi is the ultimate away-from-it-all destination for families, couples, surfers and divers. There are some excellent breaks nearby as well as a string of uninhabited private islands, where whale shark sightings are common.

COMO Maalifushi.

Among Maldives island resorts, Maalifushi stands apart with its understated style, encapsulating the spirit of the Indian Ocean and the barefoot chic of a COMO private island resort. The luxuries are all here, with a COMO Shambhala spa, world-class yoga facilities and exceptional cuisine along with the Maldives’ vibrant marine life, including rich whale shark, hammerhead and manta ray populations.

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