Norwegian donates equipment for disabled to Father Ray Foundation

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A Norwegian expat working to help his ill and handicapped countryman came to the aid of disabled Thais, donating 5 million baht in equipment to the Father Ray Foundation.

Tor Oskar Jorgensen, from Baan Sabai Jai, presented the donation to Father Ray Foundation Acting President Pattarapong Srivorakul, Vice President Rev. Michael Picharn Jaiseri and Redemptorist Vocational School Principal Udomchok Churan Nov. 22.

Tor Oskar Jorgensen (right) provides a speech during the presentation ceremony. Tor Oskar Jorgensen (right) provides a speech during the presentation ceremony.

The equipment, which includes dozens of wheelchairs and other equipment to aid the disabled came in a container from Norway. Since all the items are second hand and were to be destroyed, Jorgensen got together with other Norwegians who are married to Thai ladies and raised enough money to ship the goods to Thailand.

The Father Ray Foundation plans to redistribute the equipment to its Pattaya Vocational School, as well as in Nakhon Panom, Umphur Napot Hospital in Buriram and to the Chonburi provincial government.

Pattarapong said the equipment was an important donation for disabled recipients as many of them cannot afford the expensive items that can improve the quality of their lives.