We are pleased to share with you the winners of the Hero Awards recognising those ambassadors who went above and beyond for the partnership in 2016. This year we have two winners for Europe and two winners for the Middle East and Africa. 


The Sheraton Grand Hotel Edinburgh Front Desk Team  At the start of 2016 The Sheraton Grand’s Hotel Front Desk team decided that COFC was going to be one of their main focuses. They all took part in additional training to be able to explain the Unicef program in detail to guests and the difference the donation can make to the children in need.

The team managed to raise an incredible £10540 through COFC. This is the highest amount in the past 5 years and a 40% increase from 2015. The hotel hosted their own celebration party in recognition of their amazing achievement.  


Maria Dolores Munoz from the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville  Each year the Hotel Alfonso XIII supports the Unicef partnership and all the hotel associates gets involved.

Maria is the driving force behind the events and activities. She inspires her colleagues to take part or help with the organising by her passion and dedication. Maria puts 110% into the activities she is organising and is a fantastic ambassador and a worthy winner.


Marilize van Niekerk from the Westin Cape Hotel in South Africa  Each year an amazing Unicef ball takes place at the Westin Cape Hotel in South Africa which not only raises a huge amount of money but also gets fantastic PR coverage. The guests love the event so much they call up the hotel the next day to buy tickets for next year! Marilize is the driving force behind this event and she is one of the key reasons it is such a success. This is not an easy event to put on but Marilize plans early, thinks creatively and her passion and enthusiasm encourages the whole hotel to get behind the event.


Antonio Ostuni from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai  As part of their 2016 Road to Awareness campaign the Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai organised a very successful Culinary Evening and Auction event which was a great success. Antonio’s role in organising the event was crucial and he oversaw and managed the event with great pride and enthusiasm. He managed to pull together all the executive chefs from around the region to assemble an amazing culinary array of dishes, menus and individual setups. Antonio put a huge amount of time and effort in the event and was one of the major highlights in the hotel’s calendar.