AccorHotels Race to Survive 2017

by / Friday, 10 November 2017 / Published in

Press release


Charity partners true winners as Accor Vacation Club takes

 first place at AccorHotels Race To Survive fundraiser event

AccorHotels Race To Survive 2017 Accor Vacation Club Winning Team 

31 October 2017: A team of four fit, focussed and fired up Accor Vacation Club employees beat out 41 other teams to win the bi-annual AccorHotels Race To Survive fundraiser and endurance event, held on the Gold Coast last week.

In addition to winning the rigorous four-day adventure course, the Accor Vacation Club team – with help from the holiday club’s 23 properties across Australia, New Zealand and Bali – raised in excess of $20,000 for the cause, contributing to a grand total of $640,000 raised by sister company and event organiser, AccorHotels.

All funds raised have gone directly to AccorHotels Community Fund four founding charity partners: Kokoda Youth Foundation, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Lifeline and AIME Mentoring 

Craig Wood, Chief Executive Officer of Accor Vacation Club (AVC), said, “It’s great that we were extended an opportunity to participate in this event, as part of the broader AccorHotels family.

“We are so proud of our AVC team for taking out first place at this year’s Race to Survive event, and for their amazing money and awareness raising efforts made in aid of AccorHotels Community Fund.

“Daniel Ryley (The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach), Monica Omtha (The Sebel Manly), Jacob Mineo (The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane) and Tracey Wolfe (Grand Mercure Basildene Manor) were competitive and focussed for the duration of the race. Their hard work and commitment is an inspiration, and we know that the charity partners involved with the AccorHotels Community Fund truly appreciate every cent raised and donated.”

The awesome Accor Vacation Club foursome, who participated under the auspicious team name ‘Out Of This World’, trekked, ran and canoed alongside more than 180 AccorHotels associates from hotels and regional and corporate offices across Australia to compete in this year’s challenge.

The event – which commenced at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort, and finished in style with a gala dinner at the Novotel Surfers Paradise – showcased the best of destination Gold Coast for participants. During the week however, racegoers stayed in less opulent accommodation, camping in the great outdoors each night following a grueling daily itinerary of events including a 25km trek through Numinbah Valley, blindfold canoeing, orienteering and a series of challenging beach drills with Surf Life Saving Queensland, Surfers Paradise Surf Club and Ironman champion Trevor Hendy.

Accor Vacation Club was very excited for the chance to help support The AccorHotels Community Fund, which launched in March 2017. The Fund committed to building healthy families by supporting three focus areas –  Youth, Health & Wellbeing and Diversity – through four foundation partners that align with the fund’s focus of ‘Building Healthy Families’.

Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Pacific, said that AccorHotels is committed to supporting Australian communities and that the flagship AccorHotels Race To Survive event plays a vital role. 


Watch a recap of the full AccorHotels Race To Survive adventure and Accor Vacation Club’s winning moments HERE.