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Mad Monkey’s Community Impact in 2023, Q3

1. Blood Donation Drives: A Lifesaving Gesture Mad Monkey Luang Prabang, in collaboration with the Lao Red Cross, organized a Blood Donation Drive on July 28th, focusing on aiding the “Lao Friends Children’s Hospital Organisation.” This initiative, led by Niall Charles, offered guests a chance to contribute meaningfully, particularly in aiding children needing medical assistance. The drive was strategically located en route to the Kuang Si Waterfall, enabling both guests and locals to participate in this life-saving endeavor​​. Mad Monkey Cambodia organized simultaneous Blood Donation Drives in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. This collaborative effort aimed to benefit Kantha Bopha Phnom Penh and Angkor Children Hospital Siem Reap, two vital healthcare institutions catering to the needs of mothers and children in Cambodia. Furthermore, Mad Monkey Hanoi joined forces with a local blood donation initiative in Vietnam, underscoring our commitment to the well-being of the communities where we operate. The campaign emphasized the idea that every blood donation has the potential to save a life. By participating in this local blood donation effort, our guests and staff actively contributed to addressing the ongoing need for blood supplies in the region. 2. Water Quality Advocacy: Quenching Thirst for a Better World In Q3, Mad Monkey extended its support to organizations dedicated to providing clean water access to communities in need. Collaborating with entities like Waves for Water PH, The Karen Hilltribes Trust Thailand, and Gravity Water Vietnam, they conducted advocacy presentations across their hostels. Through these engagements, we aimed to raise awareness about the importance of clean water and garner support for sustainable water solutions. The presentations not only informed our guests but also facilitated fundraising efforts for the respective projects. 3. Big Backpacker Brunch: A Feast for a Cause On September 29th and 30th, Mad Monkey Hostels globally hosted the Big Backpacker Brunch, a community-building event that united guests over a shared meal. The proceeds from this brunch were donated to various charitable organizations, aiding local community projects in countries like the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Laos. This initiative successfully raised over $5500 USD, demonstrating the collective power of community engagement​​. 4. Football for Good: Goals Beyond the Field On September 19th, Mad Monkey Hanoi organized a Charity Football Match, emphasizing their dedication to community engagement and philanthropy. This event was not just a display of sportsmanship but also a fundraising opportunity, particularly benefiting Gravity Water Vietnam. It showcased the positive impact achievable through collective efforts​​. 5. World Tourism Day: Cleaning for a Cause Mad Monkey Siem Reap celebrated World Tourism Day by actively participating in a city cleaning initiative. This commitment was a demonstration of their dedication to a clean and sustainable community environment, aligning with their broader mission of being conscientious contributors to the places they operate in​​. The pride expressed in our team’s participation is a testament to the collective effort and commitment to making a positive impact beyond the confines of our hostels. As we contribute to keeping the community clean, we also strive to enhance the overall tourism experience for visitors and locals alike. This endeavor aligns with our broader mission to create not only vibrant and welcoming accommodations but also to be conscientious contributors to the places we call home. 6. End Polio Run: Striding Towards a Healthier Future Mad Monkey Panglao supported the Panglao Island Rotary Club’s End Polio Run on August 12th, contributing to the global effort to eradicate polio. The End Polio campaign represents not only a battle against a disease but also a pursuit of an improved tomorrow. Through immunization and prevention efforts, we strive to eradicate polio and…

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Mad Monkey CSR Corporate Social Responsibility Report | Q2 2023

A joyful CSR Fiesta in Panglao, Philippines Mad Monkey Panglao joined the vibrant Bgy. Danao – Daorong Fiesta, a community celebration that fostered connections with the residents of Bgy. Danao. In line with our commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), we made a meaningful contribution by offering a cash prize of 3K and additional prizes worth 2K which included an assortment of delightful treats including biscuits, chocolates, candies, chips, and drinks for the children. Our involvement added an extra touch of joy and excitement to this festive event. Backpacker Brunch in Hoi An, Vietnam Mad Monkey Hostels’ partnership with Children’s Hope in Action (CHIA) allowed us to play a significant role as a major sponsor in a remarkable project—the repainting of an entire school building in anticipation of schools reopening in Vietnam. The event itself was an immersive experience, starting with a delectable 2-hour free flow brunch buffet that satisfied attendees’ taste buds. The energy soared as the festivities continued with an exciting pool party featuring a talented live DJ. Adding to the excitement, guests had the opportunity to participate in a charity raffle with enticing prizes up for grabs. This initiative not only showcases our dedication to creating a positive impact in the lives of Vietnamese children but also strengthens our support for CHIA’s noble mission. Thanks to the collective efforts of our attendees and supporters, we successfully raised an impressive $1,217 for CHIA, further empowering their impactful initiatives. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most. Doing our part for the community animals in Siargao, Philippines Mad Monkey Siargao remains steadfast in our dedication to animal welfare, and this commitment was exemplified through our active involvement in the Strategic Power for Animal Respondents (SPAR) Philippines initiative. SPAR provides vital services, including free vaccination, spaying, and neutering, for community cats and dogs. To rally support for this initiative, Mad Monkey strategically placed sign-up posters within our hostel, encouraging guests to contribute and participate in this worthy cause. Through a range of efforts, including a special F&B Promo and donating a percentage of our walk-in revenue for the month of May, we successfully raised Php 5,000. Our collaborative efforts with SPAR Philippines highlight the importance we place on animal welfare, as we continue to make a positive impact within the community. Together, we are championing the well-being of our furry friends and creating a better future for them. World Ocean Day, various locations across Southeast Asia In honor of World Ocean Day, Mad Monkey Hostels embarked on a remarkable journey to celebrate and raise awareness with a series of captivating CSR events under the theme “Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing.” Our primary goals revolved around highlighting the significance of ocean conservation, providing guests with engaging and educational experiences, and promoting sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices. In a synchronized effort, each of our hostels passionately embraced this initiative, organizing a range of activities designed to make a positive impact. These included invigorating beach clean-ups, captivating ocean-themed nightly activities, and enticing food and beverage promotions. Through these events, we not only nurtured a sense of responsibility toward our oceans but also encouraged active guest participation in preserving and safeguarding our invaluable marine ecosystems. CSR Efforts at Mad Monkey Gili T Mad Monkey Gili T made an enthusiastic and impactful celebration of World Ocean Day, extending the festivities over two consecutive days, on June 7 and 8 (Wednesday and Thursday). The event commenced with a Beach Cleanup on Wednesday, where dedicated participants joined forces to clear the beach, promoting environmental consciousness and embodying our commitment…

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Mad Monkey Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report | Jan – March 2023

Welcome to Mad Monkey’s Corporate Social Responsibility report, where we keep you up-to-date on all the amazing ways our hostel is making a difference in the world. As travellers ourselves, we understand the importance of travelling with purpose and giving back to the communities we visit. That’s why we’re proud to share our impact stories from the first quarter of 2023 with you.  From fundraising events to clean water initiatives, Mad Monkey is on a mission to be the leading socially responsible travel hostel by number of beds, worldwide.. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s dive into our latest adventures!   Fundraising Efforts for International Women’s Day 2023 Community Fundraiser in Hoi An International Women’s Day was celebrated worldwide, but our team in Hoi An, Vietnam went above and beyond to mark the occasion. On March 8th, we organized a fundraiser to support local single mothers and their disadvantaged children. We wanted to make sure everyone in the community was involved, so we invited local suppliers to donate products to be used as prizes in a charity raffle. The response was overwhelming, and we are delighted to announce that we raised a total of $264 USD, equivalent to 6’260’000 VND.   Spreading Food and Love in Panglao In Panglao, Philippines, our team was determined to spread happiness on International Women’s Day by providing a much-needed meal to the residents of Bohol Crisis Intervention Center (BCIC). The center serves as a refuge for women and children who have been subjected to various forms of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We offered a “Merienda” spread, which is a popular afternoon meal in some parts of Europe, especially Spain and Portugal. At Mad Monkey, we hold BCIC close to our hearts. The center provides support services to young women who have survived abuse, offering them protection and safety. Its programs and services include residential care, education and training programs, therapy and counseling, and livelihood programs. The institution’s ultimate goal is to provide care and empower women of all ages to take charge of their lives. We are particularly inspired by BCIC’s commitment to not only care for and protect Boholanas who have experienced abuse but also to offer hope to all women, regardless of their circumstances. Canopy Bar Opening Party – Fun Times and Fundraising! If you know any of us at Mad Monkey, then you’ll know we love any excuse to have a drink and when we get to combine that with fundraising, you bet we’re not holding back! On March 11th, we had the opportunity to open Canopy Bar in Siem Reap. On opening night we hosted a huge party – we sure know how to throw one of those – with a live DJ, and drag performances! We donated 100% of the charity raffle proceeds, beer sales, which were kindly sponsored by Hanuman beer, and our cocktail sales, which was also kindly sponsored by Seekers Spirits. Our goal was to raise as much money as possible to support the beautiful souls at Super Monkey Kids School, which is located in Kouk Kreul village just outside of Siem Reap. Currently, the school provides English language lessons for 24 children. We are thrilled to announce that we raised $565.35 USD which will be used to purchase the following for the school: Our team will be heading back to the school once the materials are ready in order to help set up the tables, and spend some quality time with the students. World Water Day 23rd March 2023 – Fundraising For Clean Drinking Water As we prepared to say goodbye to Q1,…

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Mad Monkey Secures US$4.6M Investment from EXS to Accelerate their Expansion Across Southeast Asia

Mad Monkey, a leading Southeast Asia-based hostel operator and provider of high-octane, sustainable, travel experiences, has closed its first major round of fundraising from the EXS Property Innovation Concepts VCC (“EPIC”), a Singapore-domiciled fund platform sponsored and managed by EXS, a specialist private equity firm focused on real estate business & platforms across Asia. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate its ambitious expansion across Asia, substantially growing its portfolio across the region in the next 3 years, building on the great success of the past decade.  Singapore, March 22, 2022 – The sun is slowly setting over the Cambodian capital. So much has changed in the uber-fast developing city in the past 10 years since the Mad Monkey team opened the first hostel in the heart of Phnom Penh. High-rises mount over pagodas, SUVs are passing slower tuk-tuks, mobile phones have become the primary payment method. But some things remain the same — the charm and soul of the entire region, inviting young adventurers back to explore its colorful streets, dreamy beaches, and magical sites, now that the pandemic-stricken world has started showing signs of recovery.  Early evenings are a time when the music starts getting louder by the pool in Mad Monkey’s hostels and the party is slowly starting. But right now, there is a different buzz; the Mad Monkey team is hard at work preparing rapid re-openings of its existing locations, inviting domestic and international travelers back to its world. In the past decade, Mad Monkey has earned an iconic status in Southeast Asia and has opened hostels in 6 countries, delivering unforgettable, sustainable, and culturally immersive travel experiences to an ever-growing segment of young digital nomads & other experience-driven travelers who are hungry to travel, build friendships and experience new cultures. But reopening seems like a small task amidst a much bigger ambition now turned into an accelerated action plan. The Mad Monkey team is poised to open up to 50 hostels in the next 3 years in Asia and Australia, cementing their status as the region’s biggest player in experience-driven hospitality.  To help achieve this goal, Mad Monkey has now partnered with EXS, a Singapore-based private equity firm focused on real estate businesses & platforms, through EPIC, which is focused on “New Economy Real Estate” across Asia including co-working, co-living, student housing, new hospitality, and modern fitness models.  EPIC has successfully completed a US$4.6M investment into Mad Monkey to drive the company’s near-term growth and reinforce its position as Southeast Asia’s leading hostel operator. “Mad Monkey is a leading player in Southeast Asia and a great example of real estate’s continued shift towards ‘new economy’ business models that combine real estate, hospitality and technology to deliver unique experiences. The Mad Monkey team has organically built a business anchored on strong values, with social and environmental responsibility at its core, while staying aggressive with expansion plans, maintaining profitability, and developing a stable team over the past decade. We are proud and excited to enter the next phase of driving Mad Monkey’s growth across the region,” stated Eric Solberg, Chairman & CEO of EXS.  EXS plans to contribute its expertise in building leading Asian real estate platforms to Mad Monkey. As a specialized private equity firm with a track record of investing successfully across Southeast Asia, EXS is a strong believer in the growing trends driving new business models across real estate. Through EPIC, EXS plans to play a major role in helping the Mad Monkey team to accelerate growth and take advantage of the rapid return in tourism across the region, creating value for…

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Mad Monkey & TruTravels Raise Nearly $9000 USD for Typhoon Odette Disaster Relief

Right before Christmas, Super Typhoon Rai, known locally as Typhoon Odette, made landfall in the Philippines and left widespread destruction across the archipelago. Typhoon Odette generated  wind speeds exceeding 240kph, flooding, landslides, and caused mass blackouts throughout the country. Even with preemptive evacuations and storm preparations, Typhoon Odette left over 400 dead, hundreds missing, and even more injured. Entire communities were completely cut off and were uncontactable, due to power lines being destroyed and roads being unnavigable because of landslides and fallen trees and power lines.     This crisis literally hit home for us so Mad Monkey partnered with TruTravels to raise funds to go directly to the locals affected, in the quickest and most efficient way possible. We just want to thank everybody again for donating to our Typhoon Odette fundraiser. Thanks to all of YOU, we raised nearly $9000 USD that went directly to those most affected by the typhoon. In Siargao, which was hit the hardest, ₱80,000 was sent to TruTravels partners, plus ₱160,000 that was sent to Mad Monkey team members. Individuals received ₱5,000 each to help purchase building materials to rebuild their homes as well as food, drinking water, medicine, and baby supplies. Additionally, the Mad Monkey Siargao generator is still being used to power the Sayak Margar Living Water Station. This water filtration system is the biggest on the island and has been able to provide 96,000 liters of free drinking water every day, even to those in remote villages who have suffered the most from Typhoon Odette.      In Cebu City, ₱30,000 was spent on relief goods for our local Barangay, which was mostly used for bottled water due to their limited access to drinking water. An additional ₱150,000 was sent to team members who received ₱5,000 cash relief. Because banks, ATMs, electricity and internet services were down, we decided that the biggest impact we could have was to give individuals cash so they were able to immediately buy the supplies and goods that they needed most. All of this was a direct result of the donations our Mad Monkey and TruTravels family around the world generously contributed. Thank you again for your support!

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