12 Jun '11, 5am

Free hotel stay for three low-income families (via ST iPhone App)

Free hotel stay for three low-income families (via ST iPhone App)

Ahmad and Siti enjoying the buffet at a restaurant in Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel yesterday. They had their first taste of a hotel stay as part of a community engagement programme. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN SIBLINGS Ahmad Badrun, 16, and Siti Nuraisyah Salleh, 14, have never stayed in a hotel before. Their father, a bus driver, is the family's sole breadwinner and their monthly household income is $1,000. School holidays were spent on day trips to Batam, kite flying at Marina Barrage and staying at home. But yesterday, their family checked into the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel for a free night's stay, with two other low-income families. It was part of a community engagement programme organised by the hotel, its owner Roxy-Pacific Holdings, and the Marine Parade Citizens' Consultative Committee. The first thing Ahmad did was to jump onto the hotel bed. 'It feels very nice, very dif...

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