Riviera Group competes for good cause on Sports Day

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Winston was happily surprised on his 47th birthday.
Winston was happily surprised on his 47th birthday.

The Riviera Group’s Winston and Sukanya Gale invited their employees and contractors to put aside business for a day to compete in tug-of-war, takraw, volleyball, football and more games as the real estate developer hosted its second-annual Sports Day.

Project Development Manager Sukanya Gale opened the Aug. 20 event at Pattaya School No. 7, which was dedicated to employees who had fallen ill or suffered accidents over the past year. The day raised 250,000 baht to be donated to help two employees deal with 1.8 million baht in medical bills.

Sukanya Gale welcomes everyone to the event.
Sukanya Gale welcomes everyone to the event.

Sukanya and her husband, Managing Director Winston Gale, led two employee teams who battled 16 supplier and partner squads. Events included women’s volleyball, a 100-meter dash, 4×100-meter relay, hands-free eating, tug-of-war, sack races, eggplant rolling, takraw, three-legged racing, sack racing and football.

The employee Pink team took on the Pan team in the football match, which the pink squad won for a 10,000-baht first prize. The runner-up team received 5,000 baht.

Other supplier team wins included the eggplant race, 100-meter dash for both men and women, the relay, tug-of-war and three-legged race. Employee teams won the other events, including the cheerleading competition.

Other contractors who took part included PN Furniture, Firstcan Services, JWS, Thyssenkrupp, TT&TT Engineering, Texca Wall Siamese Ecolite, Ideal Design, WSP, and Mungkorn.

After all the action, the 500 people participating enjoyed food, drinks and a live band. There also was a surprise birthday party for Winston who turned 47, which included a cake shaped like the Riviera Wongamart and with Winston’s photo.

You’ve heard of a bicycle built for two. How about a t-shirt built for five?
You’ve heard of a bicycle built for two. How about a t-shirt built for five?

The festive event did have a serious side, however, as the stories of two employees were told, one of whom was hurt badly in a car accident and the other battling leukemia. Riviera executives said the day’s event raised only a small fraction of their medical bills, but the company will meet later to discuss more aid for their fallen workers.

Team daddiass storms the field.
Team daddiass storms the field.
Winston receives a birthday poster, signed by everyone.
Winston receives a birthday poster, signed by everyone.
Winston Gale donates cash to the children on the occasion.
Winston Gale donates cash to the children on the occasion.
Competition is close in the Battle of Cheerleaders.
Competition is close in the Battle of Cheerleaders.
Colorful costumes splash across the conga line during the Battle of Cheerleaders.
Colorful costumes splash across the conga line during the Battle of Cheerleaders.
Winston Gale confirms that these fun activities will take place every year.
Winston Gale confirms that these fun activities will take place every year.
(l to r) Evan with daddy Dr. Iain Corness and Peter Malhotra chat with Winston Gale.
(l to r) Evan with daddy Dr. Iain Corness and Peter Malhotra chat with Winston Gale.
Managing Director Winston Gale and Project Development Manager Sukanya Gale watch their teams compete.
Managing Director Winston Gale and Project Development Manager Sukanya Gale watch their teams compete.
Women athletes pass the baton in the Women’s Relay Race.
Women athletes pass the baton in the Women’s Relay Race.
Whoever is the strongest wins the Tug-of-War!
Whoever is the strongest wins the Tug-of-War!
The Eggplant Race provides plenty of laughs.
The Eggplant Race provides plenty of laughs.
The Women’s Volleyball competition is well-played.
The Women’s Volleyball competition is well-played.
The Sack Race is even harder than it looks.
The Sack Race is even harder than it looks.
Young athletes sprint for the finish line.
Young athletes sprint for the finish line.
Coordination is key in the Three Legged Race.
Coordination is key in the Three Legged Race.
The football tournament was the highlight of the event.
The football tournament was the highlight of the event.
Defending the spike during the Men’s Sepak Takraw event.
Defending the spike during the Men’s Sepak Takraw event.
Who’s the fastest today?
Who’s the fastest today?
Cheerleaders from Team 1 daddiass and Team 2 Mom’s Team prepare to take the field during the opening.
Cheerleaders from Team 1 daddiass and Team 2 Mom’s Team prepare to take the field during the opening.
Teams line up, ready for a fun day of friendly competition.
Teams line up, ready for a fun day of friendly competition.
The band plays on.
The band plays on.