There are several ways in which you, your business and your work colleagues can help the thousands of children for whom daily life means the constant threat of danger, illness, neglect or abuse. As you can see from the case studies below help comes in many forms: From corporate sponsorship of a single project, fundraising or logistical support to the simple donation of a competition prize.
Sponsoring one of the charitable projects that we work with in Thailand provides many of our business partners and their employees with an experience which is much more than about simple giving or ticking the box next to 'social responsibility'.
Corporate sponsorship of a single project means protection, safety and a vital chance for some of the most underprivileged kids who have nowhere else to go.
At the Thai Children’s Trust we have a selection of small but crucial projects which would benefit enormously from being sponsored by your business. In hard economic times it is often the poorest and most vulnerable children who bear the brunt of pain and suffering as unskilled work dries up and their families are forced into desperate measures just to survive.
By providing corporate sponsorship you are doing more than simply adding to your businesses bottom line - you're helping to save a life.
If you're thinking about having a charity fun day at work why not consider fundraising for the Thai Children's Trust? Alternatively, you and a group of your work friends might like to band together to sponsor a vulnerable child - there's a real satisfaction in knowing that you are part of a team which has made something good happen in a troubled child’s life.
Giving more than money - Team visits, logistical support & product donations
You can see from the case studies below that the Thai Children's trust is lucky enough to receive help from some of the UK's best and brightest companies. In many instances these businesses and their employees elect to help our projects not by offering money but by supplying practical help or their services.
Individuals and teams who volunteer to visit our projects and lend a practical hand find that what they get back from the children they are helping is at least as valuable as the time they have given up. Not least, many of them find that a visit to Thailand is an adventure in itself - helping them to grow both as individuals and team players.
Thai Leisure Group (TLG) own two major restaurant brands - Chaophraya and Thaikhun. They are the largest Thai-focussed hospitality employer in the UK. We joined forces in March 2016. The restaurant group has pledged to raise £50,000 for Thai Children’s Trust's Rice Bucket Challenge through various fundraising programmes involving both staff and customers.
Thank you to Thai Leisure Group and all their staff, friends and customers for taking on this fundraising challenge - we are very pleased to have your support!
Find out how you can get involved in TLG’s fundraising events at our events page.
Follow TLG’s fundraising efforts at their website.
Staff from British Airways visited the Fr Ray Children's Home in Pattaya, paintbrushes in hand. They found the children ever so willing to join in, and probably better used to working hard in temperatures of 86 Fahrenheit! In addition, British Airways enabled Thai Children's Trust staff to travel to Thailand to monitor our work and meet the children we help.
To celebrate 60 years in business, Bupa recruited 60 volunteers from their worldwide business group, who spent 6 weeks volunteering at Sarnelli House in Nong Khai. Sarnelli is home to 200 children who are either HIV+, or have been orphaned by HIV.
The volunteers also fundraised for Sarnelli (all their travel and accommodation costs were paid by Bupa). Daily online diaries and a special edition of Bupa's in-housebupa TV engaged the entire workforce in the effort. Bupa's vision is 'Taking care of the lives in our hands'. That's exactly what the volunteers did: they decorated all the orphanage buildings, built 4 basketball courts and 5 playgrounds, created a landscaped garden, and installed over 20 bathrooms and a new kitchen. The impact on the volunteers is best described in their own words.
'I won't do the cliche of saying it was life changing but it truly was.'
'You're coming here to give, yet you receive so much from these kids. I think it will stay with me for a long time.'
I think a company of our size should be doing things like this. You know, the power we have to help people, we need to make full use of it'.
Leyland SDM donated £10,000 to us to support the work of the Burma Children Medical Fund, which works with refugee children who have escaped Burma's war torn north to find a safe haven in Mae Sot, North-West Thailand.
Then Chief Executive Andy Urban learnt, by chance of our appeal to treat Zin Ko, whose parents escaped terrible fighting in Burma, only to find that their six year old son was suffering from childhood leukemia. Paying for his treatment was impossible for the penniless refugee family. Andy decided that Leyland would match all the money raised, £1 for £1. Soon Leyland SDM was handing over a cheque for £6,000.
Project Regift involved staff and customers across fifty Orchid Carvery and Dragon Pub branches from Newcastle to Norwich. Unwanted Christmas gifts of toys were collected, whilst dragon boat races and bungee jumps raised cash. One heroic manager walked the length of Hadrian's Wall. Then, a team of staff delivered the lot to Baan Tharn Namchai Orphanage, home to 70 tsunami orphans in Kao Lak.
Chang - current sponsors of Everton Football Club - have been active supporters of Thai Children’s Trust for more than a year. Gifts have included cases of beer for competition prizes, tickets to Everton matches and there will be an Everton shirt signed by the team for a competition later in the year.
Watch our facebook page, or follow us on Twitter, for details of the latest competition and your chance to win! Chang also sponsor Football Training for children in Thailand at National and State level. Children from the Orphanage and Father Ray Foundation are to be included in the training schedule in Chonburi.
Following a request by Thai Children’s Trust, Tesco-Lotus kindly donated 20 computers to the Teacher Preparation Centre outside Mae Sot. The computers will be used to train mobile teacher trainers in the use of technology, knowledge which they will carry back into Burma and share with teachers working at schools in the Eastern states.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin your adventure or simply call free on 0800 652 4969 to find out more about how you can get involved