On Friday 24th April Kurumba Maldives proudly hosted the fundraising event “Party with a Purpose”. This event was held for the fourth year running in aid of 72 orphaned children residing at “Kudakudhinge Hiyaa” located on Villingili island. Support from 10 different Maldivian performers, many suppliers and partners contributed to raise over US$21,000. This upcoming year, the funds will be destined to the development of the “Early Childhood Play and Development Training Programme” for caretakers, in cooperation with the local non-governmental organization ARC – Advocating the Rights for the Children, amongst other projects.
Local artists volunteered their time to perform Maldivian and international tunes with bands, DJ’s and a Bodu Beru groups performing for guests’ enjoyment. Performances took place at the Water Sports Beach Stage between 3.00pm to 7.00 pm and at Kandu Bar from 7pm until 12am. The musicians who offered their time and joie de vivre were: Duo Saxophone, Mishy featuring Thoo, Rishvan Imon, The Woods, Def Note, DETUNE, DJ Paiday, DJ Shammi, DJ Sadaf ft. Veli Spa team, as well as the Kurumba Bodu Beru team.
The setup for the event would have not been possible without the vital support of Event Maldives as well as a taskforce of more than 50 team members from Kurumba itself donating their time.
Local and foreign suppliers; Wrist, Cosmopolitan, SIMDI Beverages, Grape Expectations, MMI Maldives, Navean, Coca Cola, Regal Seafoods, Euromarketing Maldives, VB Brothers, SAFCO and Yeoman Group donated goods that were used as refreshments and nourishment throughout the day, from which all proceeds went to the cause.
The silent auction was graced this year with the tremendous support of 18 resorts and 2 major airline carriers as sponsors. This was conducted throughout the event with many guests bidding for the following resorts and prizes: Velassaru, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Kanuhura, Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Soneva Fushi, Sheraton Full Moon Resort & Spa, Niyama, Bandos, Jumeirah Vittaveli, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, Holiday Inn Kandooma, Huvafen Fushi, Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef, W Retreat & Spa, LUX* Maldives, Crown & Champa Resorts, Constance Halaveli, Constance Moofushi, Rihiveli Island Resort, Thulhagiri, Gili Lankanfushi, Hotel Jen, Universal Resorts, Kurumba Maldives, Veli Spa, Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways.
The afternoon and evening was a great success with many locals, expatriates and senior business invitees plus Kurumba’s in house guests joining in. There was non-stop live entertainment across the two venues and the day was blessed with perfect weather to host such an event.
The Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage, located on Villingili island hosts children between the ages of 6 months and 21 years old. This is a self-supporting service that requires help from the community and industry in order to continue providing a caring, safe and educational environment for these children.
Jason Kruse, General Manager of Kurumba Maldives stated: “For the fourth consecutive year, this event has proven to be successful. We cannot thank enough and are overwhelmed by the support of the local performers providing their time, suppliers donating food and beverage items and resorts and airlines, contributing with vouchers for the Silent Auction. We definitely intend to maintain this popular yearly event and raise greater funds year after year for a good cause.”