SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

March 17, 2014 15:21 ET

4-Star Hotel in Koregaon Park Celebrates International Women's Day by Giving Back

Courtyard Pune City Centre Gives Self Defence Lessons to Associates and Offers Free Eye Check-Ups to the Less Privileged

PUNE, INDIA--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2014) -  Saluting the spirit of womanhood, Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre celebrated International Women's Day with a practical self-defence session for all the lady associates of the property by martial arts expert and Limca Book of Records winner Mr. Shihan Chakraborty, Founder & Master of Indian Karate Do Kyo Kushin Kai. The Pune hotel also conducted a free eye check-up camp for the less privileged women in association with Hope for Children Foundation.

Acknowledging the vital need for women to be confident and independent, Mr. Shihan Chakraborty taught the ladies some practical self-defence moves to ensure their safety in times of danger.

As a part of their Spirit To Serve activity, the business hotel in Pune also assisted the Hope for the Children Foundation in conducting free eye check-ups for the less privileged women. This was followed by a dessert making class for them by the expert chefs at the hotel which will help the women strengthen their culinary skills to support their catering business.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gagan Deep Singh, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre said, "We understand that women today need to be fully equipped to protect themselves and we hope to have motivated our women associates to learn more about self-defence and in the process contributing to their safety. We have always associated with Hope for the Children Foundation and we will continue to strive for the betterment of the society by doing our bit for it."

In order to polish up culinary skills, the hotel also conducted a masterclass by the leading lady chefs Rama and Keshia and mixologist Mayuri at Evviva Sky Lounge, a popular lounge in Pune.

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