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Check Out for Children

Check Out for Children is a partnership between Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, and Marriott International Inc (encompassing former Starwood Hotels and Resorts). The partnership supports Unicef Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) projects across Africa and the Middle East.

Launched in 1995, Check Out for Children is one of our longest standing and most successful partnerships. Guests at Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Hotels are invited to add US$1 (or the equivalent in local currency) to their bill upon check out, as a donation to Unicef .

Whilst Check Out for Children is the foundation of the partnership, SPG Hotels also support Unicef through their fantastic Road to Awareness employee fundraising campaign.

In 2015 Check Out for Children celebrated 20 years of partnership and thanked guests and employees who together have raised over $40 million to help Unicef improve the lives of more than 4.5 million children in over 40 countries across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Since 2015, all funds raised through the partnership have helped Unicef provide clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities for children and families across Africa and the Middle East.

Road to Awareness

The Road to Awareness associate fundraising campaign has been making a positive difference to children in the communities SPG  Hotels operate in since 2008 and has now raised over $5 million thanks to the incredible support and enthusiasm of employees. Every year employees throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East organise fundraising events to help raise vital funds for Unicef’s work for children.


In 2015, Unicef and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (now part of Marriott International Inc) celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their partnership. Since 1995, guests and employees have raised over $40 million to help Unicef improve the lives of more than 4.5 million children around the world.