RAYONG, Thailand — The annual golf event organised by the purchasing team at AutoAlliance (Thailand), or AAT, was more than just about scoring a hole in one. The charity day was all about raising funds for hundreds of orphaned and physically handicapped children.
And each year, the event becomes bigger and even more successful.
"The purchasing team of 40 employees put this event together for the third time. We received an overwhelming response from our suppliers and had to turn teams down," said Reiko Webster, Purchasing EGM, who led the charity event which attracted 250 golfers from over 50 suppliers.
"The success of this event represents the passion that AAT and our suppliers share in giving back to the community where we are fortunate to do business," said Webster.
The annual golf charity tournament took place at Pattana Golf Club in Chonburi, close to where AAT and its suppliers are located. This year, the team raised THB 1.13 million (US$ 37,600) for the Father Ray Foundation, home to over 850 orphaned and physically handicapped children.
The golf event helped raise THB 600,000 (US$ 20,000) and THB 800,000 (US$ 26,000), respectively, in 2010 and 2011, for the Father Ray Foundation
"I would like to show my appreciation to AutoAlliance Thailand for organising such a tremendously successful event. This year’s extremely generous gift means we can carry on the work that Father Ray Brennan started 40 years ago, and which the Father Ray Foundation continues in his name," said Father Pattarapong Srivorakul, president, Father Ray Foundation.
"We all know that the auto industry was greatly affected by the big flood that hit Thailand last year. Like you, our foundation had financial difficulties as we had to feed and house 250 orphans from Bangkok whose orphanage was under water," he continued. "The Father Ray Foundation succeeds because of the generous support and dedication of people like you."
In addition to its benefit for the children at the Father Ray Foundation, the golf charity event also allowed those making the donations to appreciate the spirit of giving. .
"Being part of the organising team made me feel great. I not only enjoyed putting the event together, but I could also spend a happy moment with my colleagues," said Thitawadee Suthayakorn, one of the 40 AAT Purchasing team members who helped to organise the event.
"It was a very special occasion that I can leave all the work behind and enjoy the activity with my colleagues and the management team," she added.