25 million baht donated to charitable causes is a big milestone and that is just what Pattaya Sports Club (PSC) have recently achieved. The tireless dedication of PSC members has improved the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of local children.
PSC was born in 1979 by a few Founding Members who had settled in the fishing village of Pattaya. There was only one bar in the main beach area, which became the home of the PSC, and Walking Street did not exist. With more tourists coming to Pattaya the PSC headquarters was moved to what is now one of the oldest bars around, Cafe Kronborg in Soi Diana. The office is now just off 3rd Road in North Pattaya.
(L to R) PSC President Tony Oakes, PSC committee member Nigel Cannon, PSC Charity Chairman William Macey and Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh proudly display the cheque commemorating the milestone.
The main objective of PSC was to form a club whereby tourists wishing to play golf could meet other golfers. That has now been extended to other sports which includes softball, fishing, pool, bowling and darts.
Being a non profit organisation, each year the Pattaya Sports Club makes substantial donations to charities that house, feed, and take care of the essential needs of children. Funding is also given to train people with disabilities in marketable skills so that they may become self-sufficient. They also provide scholarships, school uniforms, books and lunches to children who otherwise would not be able to attend school. The Club has also donated filtration systems at several schools to ensure that the student’s have access to clean drinking water.
The children of the Father Ray Foundation who will soon start their swimming lessons say thank you to the PSC.
Sport is also an essential part of the PSC philosophy and donations are made regularly to promote sport in schools and centres in the area.
In 2009 the Pattaya Sports Club donated funds for a new sports court at the Father Ray Drop-In Center, and for several years they have supported the Thailand National Junior Badminton Championships.
Many local charitable organisations and schools are only able to provide the care and facilities they do because of the generosity of the Pattaya Sports Club. Members volunteer their time and energy to improve the lives of underprivileged children and people with disabilities, and the people of Pattaya should be very grateful that there is a group of dedicated men and women who know the true meaning of charity.
The Father Ray Foundation recently approached the Pattaya Sports Club to request funding to the value of 130,000 baht to cover the costs of swimming lessons, swimming costumes and pool maintenance for the young children attending the Father Ray Day Care Center and the Pattaya School for the Blind.
With the 130,000 baht presented to Father Ray Foundation, Pattaya Sports Club reached the milestone of 25 million baht over the last 12 years thanks to all the members of PSC both past and present.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh was in attendance and helped PSC celebrate this memorable day.
Here is to the next 25 million!
More information can be found at www.pattayasports.org and www.fr-ray.org