Fair & humanitarian activities
Winner of the Caius Culture SME prize in 2012, particularly for its involvement in the Musica Mundi courses and festival, Martin's Hotels has always supported many charitable, educational and humanitarian organisations, most of which work with children and youth.
1. Hand in hand with Musica Mundi since 1998 - www.musicamundi.org
Musica Mundi, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, aims to develop the musical and human potential of young talent from around the world. This is the philosophy that has prompted the founders of Musica Mundi, Leonid and Hagit Kerbel, to organise every summer, an international chamber music course and festival for young musicians aged 10 to 18 years.
Every year, the workshop brings together some 70 participants, pianists, violinists, violists, cellists, bassists or clarinettists, from around the world: 30 countries were represented in 2012 (countries as varied as South Africa, Belarus, Thailand, China, Venezuela, Chile, Australia, England, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Finland, Mexico, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel, Japan and Korea.)
Martin's Hotels also contributes to the event's prestige by hosting artists and the majority of concerts at the Martin's Château du Lac, the teaching staff at the Martin's Manoir but also 70 young people throughout their course in the special setting of Martin's Lido in Genval in the heart of lush gardens dotted with ponds, a nature reserve and a haven of peace and quiet.
Today, thousands of lovers of classical music have been privileged to experience and discover the innate talent of hundreds of Musica Mundi students. This adds up to no fewer than 35,000 spectators and 850 participants in the festival's over 15-year history!
2. Social and educational work of the Jesuits in the Third World
For 20 years, eight children have been sponsored and their educational expenses covered in Lebanon.
3. La Ferme de la Hulotte in Wavre - www.fermedelahulotte.be
An educational farm belonging to John Martin, dating from the eighteenth century and renovated to help children discover farm animals, draft horses (there are 6 on the farm), and horses in general within the framework of hippotherapy, beekeeping, butter-making, farming and the role of farms and farmers in everyday life. Children can also learn about the important role of birds of prey, nest-making and organic farming.
In addition to its support for charitable events, Martin's Hotels offers recurrent support to local non-profit associations such as Le Logis in Rixensart and La Fontaine in Brussels. It also supports local sports clubs and charitable sports events such as the Jogging du Fonds des Ails
2. Humanitarian Activities
Martin's Hotels group regularly changes the mattresses, sheets, duvets and towels in its different establishments and donates them to local or Brussels-based organisations, the Samu Social humanitarian emergency service, since they are still in very good condition. The same goes for new and unused toiletries and supplies whenever the logo is changed.
Martin's Hotels selects Belgian not-for-profit associations known for their dynamism, their seriousness, their very low operating costs and above all their supervision of activities on site to guarantee you, our donors, the best use of your money in the field.
www.enavantlesenfants.be, for its part, shows a natural concern for children, among others, who have suffered in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the volcano that destroyed Goma (Congo) in January 2002.
Martin's Hotels does not hide its admiration for all those women and men who work for others to give thousands of children hope for a better world and who, maybe, one day in turn will help to bring about the fair and equitable world most of us dream about ...
By ordering tea and coffee in one of our 10 hotels, you are making an ACTIVE contribution. In fact we donate 25 cents on your behalf for every cup consumed. One hundred per cent of your contribution is paid to these three associations.
Moreover, thanks also in part to our efforts, the company Rombouts buys thirty tonnes of fair-trade coffee in the same Great Lakes region (Congo-Rwanda) from www.comequi.org, a company specialising in fair trade.
Finally, note that, this year again, we will continue to actively come to the assistance of thousands of young children.