The annual SOS Rice Appeal 2010 took place over the weekend of the birthday celebrations for His Majesty the King. From Friday the 3rd to Monday the 6th of December residents from the Father Ray Children’s Home and the Father Ray Children’s Village joined the students from the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities and foreign volunteers from the Father Ray Foundation at many locations throughout Pattaya.
The aim of the Appeal was to collect as much rice as possible to help feed the 850 children and students with disabilities currently being cared for and educated by the Father Ray Foundation, who each year purchase 75,000 kilograms (75 tons) of rice, and it takes more than 6,000 kilograms to feed everyone each month.
As well as rice almost half a million baht was donated.
In these troubled financial times the generosity of the businesses in Pattaya, namely Foodland, Friendship Supermarket, Tesco Lotus, Big C, Makro, Central Festival Beach Road, TOPS and Carrefour, allowed the Father Ray Foundation to handout leaflets and collect rice and donations.
Local residents, Thai and foreign, proved that they really do have hearts of gold, and over the four days 13,410 kilograms of rice was handed over and 455,038 baht was placed in the donation boxes. Enough rice was donated to feed the children and students for two months, and the money received is enough to purchase enough rice for another two months.
There are many people to thank for their support and cooperation in making the SOS Rice Appeal 2010 a huge success; the supermarkets who gave their permission to use their stores and the children, students and volunteers of the Father Ray Foundation who stood for many hours each day outside the stores. The biggest thanks must go to the people of Pattaya for their generosity to ensure the children and students of our city will not go hungry.
For those residents and visitors who wish to make a rice or a cash donation this can be done at the Father Ray Foundation Welcome Center located on Sukhumvit Road.
More information about the Father Ray Foundation can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email [email protected] or call 038 716 628.
More than 13 tons of rice was collected.