RAYONG, Thailand — The purchasing team at Ford’s joint-venture AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) recently held the fourth annual Golf Charity Event to support a local foundation. And with overwhelming support from both AAT staff and its suppliers, the organiser had to double its efforts by arranging the golf challenge twice!
The fundraising events were led by Reiko Webster, vice president of Purchasing, and volunteers from the Purchasing department. The activity drew over 392 participants to Pattana Golf and Sports Resort in Chonburi province, located near the AAT facility.
A total of THB1.5 million (around USD50,000) was raised to support the Father Ray Foundation, a charity set up in 2003 to help Thailand’s underprivileged children, young people with disabilities, and the poor.
“We appreciate the strong support from our supplier partners with their benevolent donation once again this year,” said Webster, who has led the AAT Golf Charity activity for the past four years. “All of us are privileged to have the opportunity to work here and the least we can do together is to give back to the local community.”
“There is lots of work in putting together such an event, but with the commitment and dedication from the entire purchasing team, it seems to get easier every year. And we hope to raise another THB1 million next year,” said Webster.
The money that AAT raised through the event will benefit more than 850 orphaned and physically handicapped children supported by the Father Ray Foundation, located in Rayong province where AAT and its suppliers operate.
Father Ray Foundation’s vice president Father Picharn Jaisale said, “The AAT annual event brings joy to our children and helps brighten their future. We thank all the players who took part in the recent charity golf tournament, and also thanks to the organisers and staff members of AutoAlliance Thailand for their hard work to ensure the success of this year’s event.”
“The Father Ray Foundation currently provides care and an education to over 850 children and students with disabilities, and it is only with the generosity of people like those who entered the competition that we can continue our work here,” he added.
Kenneth Minielly, president, AAT and Reiko Webster, vice president of purchasing, including AAT staff, presented two THB600,000 and THB800,000 cheques to Father Picharn Jaisale, vice president of the Father Ray Foundation