CANGGU, Bali (BPN) – Bali Hospitality Movement (BHM) held a social movement for hospitality workers in Bali affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 12th event by BHM was also filled with an Eco market of small, medium enterprises at La Vela, Canggu, on Saturday, December 19.
“Today we hold a charity movement and we donate 150 sembako (staple food packages) to 150 hospitality workers in Bali. We distribute the food packages to a company called Sungai Watch that focuses to clean rivers from plastic and it is run by people who previously worked in hospitality, then to orphanage, tour drivers, and other hospitality workers who are in a difficult situation because of the pandemic,” said Halim Ardie, Co-Founder of BHM.
Ardie explained the social events also filled with eco market followed by seven small enterprises from Bali. “We create this Eco market based on the idea to help these small enterprises in Bali,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gusti Alit Arcana, Chairman of Local Manager Collective (LMC), an organization that also joins BHM, hoped to continue the social events next year to help hospitality workers affected by the pandemic. BHM has also prepared a workshop to train workers such as bartenders to maintain and develop their skill even during the stay at home so that when the tourism opens, they still have the skill and quality.
Christian Tampubolon, General Manager of PT Bali Graha Mandiri as the event sponsor, said that this event is a stimulus for hospitality workers during this difficult situation.
“We hope to continue this partnership to help our friends in the hospitality industry. Especially for the first three months of 2021 where tourism will still in the recovery stage,” he said.
Bali Hospitality Movement is an initiative and fundraising drive organized by several associations and people in the hospitality industry, especially those engaged in the field of F&B and entertainment.
Putu Sudarmayasa, Chairman of the Indonesian Food & Beverage Manager Association (IFBMA), said that the food package contains rice, cooking oil, instant noodles, sugar, tea, eggs, and a face mask. Until its 12th batch last Saturday, in total BHM has distributed 3000 food packages to workers in the hospitality industry on the island.