The 2018 SOS Rice appeal kicked off Dec. 5 and continues throughout the weekend to encourage Pattaya residents to donate rice to help feed the 850 children and students with disabilities living at the Father Ray Foundation.
Rev. Peter Pattarapong Srivorakul, the foundation’s president, announced the start of the 22nd-annual campaign Nov. 27 with Pitak Peanpitak, regional manager for CP All, the franchiser of 7-Eleven stores, who made the first donation of the year.
Each drive aims to collect 70,000 kilograms of rice to feeds children for the coming year. Volunteers will be at shopping malls and department stores across Pattaya Dec. 8-10 to receive donations.
Donations of rice, foodstuffs and cash can also be dropped off at the Father Ray Foundation Welcome Center on Sukhumvit Road, between North and Central Pattaya roads.
The SOS Rice drive was pioneered by D.D. Afare, a Belgium businessman and editor of L Echo du Siam, who was touched by the kindness of HM the late King Rama IX. Therefore, he had chosen HM’s birthday as the day to organize campaigns to donate money and rice in various stores and shops starting from 1996 and have expanded to include other businesses.
For more information, call 081-723-5949.