On November 20, the Foreign Chambers Alliance (FCA) teed off for charity at the premier FCA ChariTee Friendship Golf Tournament at the AMATA Spring Country Club. Organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand in cooperation with the Australian, British and German Chambers of Commerce, the Friendship Golf Tournament brought together the international business community raising over 500,000 Baht for the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand Foundation (ATF), to support education for Thai children.
Executive Director Heidi Gallant, AMCHAM Thailand, also the Vice President of the AMCHAM Thailand Foundation said, “Despite a challenging year in so many ways, golfers dedicated their time to raise critical funds for a charitable cause. The Friendship Golf Tournament represents an important collaboration to demonstrate the international business community’s commitment to give back to the Kingdom.”
Beyond making a difference to the lives of these children, the event was an excellent opportunity for the business community in Thailand to network and build ever-lasting business relations. The FCA is an alliance created by the founding members: AMCHAM, AustCham, BCCT, and GTCC, representing together more than 2,000 companies and employing approximately one million Thai employees. The goal of the FCA is to collaborate on foreign investment and trade issues of mutual interest in the Kingdom of Thailand in order to foster economic growth and sustainable development. In the paper Ten for Ten, the FCA recently proposed steps to the Thai Government which will make the business environment more attractive and accelerate Thailand’s economic recovery post Covid-19.
The event was generously sponsored by AMATA, Citibank, General Motors, International School of Bangkok, Total Access Communications, Western Digital, and Aetna Health Insurance. All proceeds and donations from the charity event will benefit the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand Foundation (ATF) scholarship program. ATF offers tuition for high-achieving Thai university students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2020, the AMCHAM Thailand Foundation has given scholarships to 73 students to further their studies in the Kingdom.