Mr Andrew Robinson, Managing Director of WPP Marketing and Communications (Thailand) Co Ltd, a world-class agency network, has recently led more than 40 staff volunteers to join a bicycle assembly event to support World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT)’s Bikes for Kids Project and handed 10 assembled bikes to Watmataiy (Sumwitthayafairat) School, located in WVFT’s Makham Project, Chantaburi province. Dr Bunjongsek Supsopha, Assistant National Director - Marketing and Fundraising, represented WVFT in the handover ceremony in which Miss Anthika Srimukda, the delegate of the director of Watmataiy School, also participated, along with the school student representatives, at World Vision Foundation of Thailand Training Centre.
In this event, the management and staff of WPP had an opportunity not only to assemble the bicycles, but also to enjoy recreational activities with the student representatives. Both the givers and receivers were full of smiles and laughter.
Mr Andrew Robinson, Managing Director of WPP, revealed his feeling for joining this event, 'I think the activity is a really fabulous way, not only for the team to bond and have time together, but also for us to find a way of giving back to the community and have an impact on the society in general. I think joining this activity with World Vision has been really beneficial for the team. It’s a way for us to really sort of see the ways in which World Vision can contribute to the community. I'm also happy to meet the children today as I know they've come far from home. WPP is willing to support their education and hope that the children will make the most out of what they've received.'
Miss Anthika Srimuka, or Teacher Fon, shared how some of her students travel to school: ‘Most of our students come from poor families. Their parents are hired to tend to orchards. Some of them must live in the land of the owner situated on the mountain, far from school. The children have no choice but walk down from the mountain or from the orchards to school. It gets even more difficult during the rainy season. Some of them arrive at school with their clothes soak in mud while the others with their shoes ripped apart. I greatly thank WPP and WVFT for having high awareness of the importance of education. The bicycles handed over in this event will not only help some children to have vehicles for traveling to school, but also increase their opportunities to develop themselves from knowledge gained in and outside the classroom and lead a better life.’
Thanchanok, or Yok, one of the school student representatives, unveiled her feeling from having a new bicycle to ride to school: ‘I’m so glad to have a bike. I’ll give my younger sister a ride to school every day. Thanks to all of the kind donors for giving us the bikes.’
The bicycles supported by WPP will be loaned by Watmataiy School to students who live far away for them to ride to school. The school teachers and students will join hands in checking and maintaining the bikes at least once a week to ensure they are in good condition and ready to use to reach their maximum benefit. Once the students who have received the bikes complete grade 6, they will hand the bikes to the younger students who live far away to make their school journey and daily life easier.