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The Moodie Report is delighted to have reported on many instances of corporate and personal generosity down the years. Travel retail remains an industry of great conscience, which has proved time and again it has the ability to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate.
So here’s a lovely story from one of the trade’s great characters, MCM Global Travel Retail Director Gerry Munday. MCM, owned by the quite wonderful Korean businesswoman Sung-Joo Kim, has always been a company with an acute sense of social conscience and corporate responsibility. And its executives and employees invariably live and breathe the same attributes.
Take Gerry, for example. She and husband Mike recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by hosting a group of personal and industry friends at their house in Spain. But she insisted – and anyone who knows Gerry knows you don’t argue with her – that no-one bring a present.
Instead she asked them to make a donation to leading cleft charity The Smile Train. As a result, some 715 Euros was raised – that’s enough for five life-changing operations on young children in emergent markets.
“After 25 years of marriage Mike and I decided we had everything we need – why not give to something that will make a difference to others?” Gerry told us. We’ll drink to that, and in the process toast the Mundays for their 25 years together.