Thai Beverage Co. donated 800,000 baht to the Royal Thai Navy to help develop the service’s competitive skydiving team.
Charlotte Donavanik, chief spokeswoman for the brewery, presented the donation to Lt. Pongsak Phuriroj, director of the navy’s skydiving team at the Sattahip Naval Base Aug. 22. The funds will go toward both training and equipment for the navy jumpers, which compete against similar teams from other Thai military branches.
Donavanik said Thai Beverage has always promoted conventional sports, such as football and golf, as well as more-extreme sports, including skydiving, as a way to strengthen and develop Thai society.
Charlotte Donavanik (back row, 3rd left), chief spokeswoman for Thai Beverage Co., donates 800,000 baht to Lt. Pongsak Phuriroj, director of the navy’s skydiving team.
Pongsak said skydiving enhances the performance of military personnel’s strength and courage and promotes the sport to benefit tourism. He said the Royal Thai Army founded inter-service skydiving competitions and the navy finds it important to be able to compete at the highest level.