Giving cause for celebration, the first graduating class of United World College Thailand (UWC Thailand) exceeded expectations.
Hua Hin, July 2017: Anantara Hua Hin Resort proudly started a Soap for Hope CSR programme.
Phuket, Thailand, 3 July 2017 – Marriott International’s leading resorts in Phuket recently joined forces to host an event aimed at raising awareness about motorcycle safety among the island’s schoolchildren.
Held at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, the event gathered 126 children from Baan Kata Elementary School to learn about road safety and the importance of wearing a helmet when traveling by motorcycle.
Figures show that fewer than seven per cent of Thai children wear helmets when riding on motorbikes with their parents. This means that every day 93 per cent of kids across Thailand are risking their lives while travelling to and from school.
In order to address this alarming statistic, Marriott’s hotels in Phuket joined hands to organise the “Helmet Painting Campaign” – a CSR activity that will have a real impact in saving young lives. A total of 175 motorbike helmets were painted and provided to the schoolchildren and their teachers.
Marriott International hotels taking part in the initiative included Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Nai Yang Beach, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, The Naka Resort and JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa.
From left to right: Noppadol Intanop (Officer, Thai Red Cross Society), Marisa Naysuwan (Team Member, Human Resources, Amari Phuket), Chonnanan Prakarn (Director, Human Resources, Amari Phuket), Tittiya Hirancharaspiwat (Officer, Thai Red Cross Society), Tipaporn Koonphol (Deputy General Manager, Amari Phuket), Suchela Jackson (Manager, Learning & Development, Amari Phuket) and Weerawut Na Nakorn (Officer, Thai Red Cross Society)
Phuket, 28 June 2017 – Amari Phuket’s team, led by Tipaporn Koonphol, Deputy General Manager (third from right) gave a warm welcome to the team of the Thai Red Cross Society in Phuket during their visit to Amari Phuket for a blood drive. Amari Phuket continues to organise this CSR activity and there are ever more team members who care to participate in this activity and are willing to give back to the community.
On June 21st 2017 the Phuket Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) held the closing
PATONG, PHUKET – Deevana Patong Resort & Spa’s the management representative led by Khun Sompong Mongkolguy,
Monday 5 June, Laguna Phuket visited Phuket Panyanukul School for children with disabilities and presented donation raised from “Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert 2016” which was cancelled in August 2016 due to unsettling incidents in the Southern provinces of Thailand a day before the scheduled concert date.
Beds and bedding sets were donated for Phuket Panyaunkul School to use in “Phuket Panyanukul Hotel” Vocational Skills Development Programme. With objectives to provide training in hotel room preparation and equip the school’s children with knowledge and skills in hospitality, the Programme will expand the students’ career opportunity in Phuket and other tourism destinations after graduation.
Laguna Phuket has supported the School since 2007, then donated a whopping 1.5 million baht to support the construction of skill development playground, an infrastructure required to improve the students’ learning ability. In 2015, a charity concert “Laguna Phuket presents Bodyslam” raised total donation of 110,000 baht to the School.
Today’s activity follows Laguna Phuket’s series of announcement after Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert 2016’s event cancellation in August 2016 which stated money left from purchased tickets refund will go to Phuket Panyanukul School. The total amount of 510,800 baht was raised and will be managed by a fund specially set up for long-term charitable partnership between Laguna Phuket and the School. The donation of the beds and bedding sets marks the official start of the long-term support.
“We are here today representing Laguna Phuket and all the associates who believe in sustainable community development, the goal achievable only with sufficient educational opportunities given to the young members of our communities at all learning abilities,” said Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President of Laguna Phuket,
“Wonderful schools like Phuket Panyanukul are our society’s way of giving these children a place to thrive upon and, with caring teachers and staffs, a place to call home,” he added,
“Laguna Phuket is celebrating our 30th anniversary this year in the theme “Make Laguna Phuket Your Home” with new great events and newly set up ‘Children First Fund’ to extend our community services, making it extra special for us to start the long-term partnership with Phuket Panyanukaul School this year,” he concluded.
Much to the school’s astonishment, Thailand’s number one rock star and Bodyslam rock band’s vocalist “Khun Toon” made his surprise appearance to interact with the school children, and also added 50,000 baht cash donation from his pocket to the School.
“I am very glad to be here today and meet everyone,” said Khun Toon, “Thanks to Laguna Phuket for organising this activity and to the school for taking good care of the children. Together, I believe, we can all help them achieve their goals and become valuable resources in developing our country.”
For more information about sustainable community development programmes by Laguna Phuket or to make contribution, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/CSR or contact +66 (0) 76 362 315, email CSR@lagunaphuket.com and/or follow Facebook page @LagunaPhuketCSR
On Friday 19 May, Laguna Phuket marked 11th year of its Greening Community initiative by planting 2,000 trees; 1,000 mangrove saplings at Baan Thala Village in Paklog, a sub-district in Thalang area of Phuket, and 1,000 eggplant trees at the nearby Phuket Elderly Home.
This year, 200 associates from Laguna Phuket, led by Managing Director Mr. Ravi Chandran, teamed up with 50 community members and students in this fun-filled and meaningful activity. In addition to tree planting, the resort also organized a community service activity by hosting lunch and bringing lots of joy to 71 elders at Phuket Elderly Home.
Supported by the initiative’s strategic partners such as Marine and Coastal Preserving Group (Paklog), Mangrove Station 23 (Phuket) and Paklog Municipality, this 11th edition of Laguna Phuket’s annual tree planting event is a part of its initiative that aims to raise awareness of global warming and help build greener communities.
To date, Laguna Phuket has planted nearly 30,000 trees in Phuket and neighboring provinces, with more than 1,200 associates and 600 community members participated over the years.
The annual activity is one of many initiatives set up by Laguna Phuket to support its wider strategic goal on environment preservation according to Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF)’s worldwide guideline for each property within the group to plant at least 2,000 trees in respective community each year.
PATONG, PHUKET – An Environment group from Paradise Koh Yao, led by Khun Supaporn Potpradit
Bangkok, Thailand. 4 May 2017 – ONYX Hospitality Group, led by President and CEO, Mr. Peter Henley (centre), congratulates students of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab who won the Best Design, Inspiring Design and Creative Design Awards as part of its Arts for the Planet 2017 project. The four winning teams received trophies and scholarships worth a total of 110,000 THB from the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation at the award ceremony and exhibition event.
The event was part of the Arts for The Planet 2017 project, which aims to demonstrate the potential of upcycling and to foster creative and innovative thinking in tackling one of the country’s key environmental issues — waste. For the project, ONYX Hospitality Group collaborated with the Scrap Lab of the Faculty of Architecture at Kasetsart University and Tlejourn, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The Scrap Lab incorporated the project into its educational curriculum.
Students who participated the Scrap Lab course received the opportunity to learn about issues relating to waste management, and were involved in hands-on activities such as cleaning up a canal, before going on to explore the design ideas and processes. They then experiment a process of developing products from waste materials under the supervision of renowned upcycling experts, Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Thailand’s pioneer of ecological design, Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design and founder of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab, and Dr. Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, founder of Tlejourn, best known for its eco-friendly footwear made from upcycling ocean debris.
ONYX Hospitality Group acknowledges the support of sponsors including Kiat Siam Leatherware, Hawaii Thai Furniture and ERP, who provided funds to the students participating in the project in order to support product development. To help the students supplement their creativity with functionality and business opportunities, senior leaders from the three corporate sponsors also provide factory visits and coaching support to the students for development of their product designs and prototypes.
Four out of eight teams participated in the Arts for The Planet 2017 were selected as winners by the reviewing panel. All winning teams were awarded trophies and scholarships at the award ceremony.
The Best Design Award was presented to Mr. Piphat Thongta and Ms. Chawanlapa Darachart for their creations titled “Beep Beep”. The students transformed a combination of leftover sponge, synthetic rattan, dacron, wood and aluminium from a furniture factory and mixed them with concrete to create plant pots and candle light holders which were all presented in practical and visually appealing packaging. Both students received trophies and a scholarship worth 40,000 THB.
The Inspiring Design Award was presented to Mr. Seksit Pakdee and Mr. Guillaume Bichon for their creation titled “Fantasteak”. The students have created a chair, a desk lamp and a photo frame using recycled plastic boards from Tlejourn, left over bottle corks from their university cafeteria, teak and leather scraps from the sponsors’ factories. They credit Lego for the inspiration behind their creation. Both students received trophies and a scholarship worth 30,000 THB.
The Creative Design Awards were presented to two teams of students. The first team, consisting of Ms. Nutkritta Nilkamhaeng and Ms. Lucie Lauwerier, created “From the bin to the sky”, a product made from leftover rope braid scrap from a furniture factory and straws from the university cafeteria into do-it-yourself kites in various shapes. The second team, consisting of Ms. Marie Le Gouellec and Ms. Pattanayu Thongloi, received the award for their product called “Metisse” which are practical wall partitions developed from scrap rubber sheets and foil papers. Both teams of students has received trophies and a scholarship worth 20,000 THB.
About Arts for the Planet 2017
Arts for The Planet 2017 is a project of ONYX Hospitality Group in collaboration with Scrap Lab of Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Architecture, and Tlejourn, a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The project aims to demonstrate the potential of upcycling and aims to foster creative and innovative thinking in tackling one of the country’s key environmental issues — waste.
The Arts for The Planet project has been incorporated as part of the Scrap Lab course for a period of 14 weeks from January to May 2017. Registered students receive the opportunity of learning about the potential of usually overlooked waste materials, and are offered guidance on how to transform such materials into practical products, particularly those used by hotels on a regular basis. The project also aims to showcase how a partnership between the business and educational sectors could offer environmental, societal and economic benefits.
During the course and the project, students learnt about overall environmental issues, including waste production and management, and participated in a clean-up activity at a canal in Bangplee district, before going on to explore the design of ideas and processes, and then the development of products from waste materials under the supervision of renowned upcycling experts. These experts include Thailand’s pioneer of ecological design, Associate Professor Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Head of the Creative Centre for Eco-design, as well as the founder of KU’s Scrap Lab; and Dr. Nattapong Nithi-Uthai, founder of Tlejourn, best known for its eco-friendly footwear made from
upcycling ocean debris.
ONYX Hospitality Group collaborated with its sponsors, including Kiat Siam Leatherware, Hawaii Thai Furniture and ERP, to provide funds to the students participating in the Arts for The Planet project to support product developmental processes. To help the students bridge their creativity with functionality and business opportunities, the three business partners provide assistance and consultancy to the students as they develop their designs and production processes.
After a period of 14 weeks, eight teams from Kasetsart University’s architectural school will present their innovative ideas on transforming waste factory materials into practical applications and products. Four out of eight teams participated in the Arts for The Planet 2017 will be selected as winners by the reviewing panel. All winning teams were awarded trophies and scholarships at the award ceremony from the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation.
Background information: ONYX Hospitality Group partners for Arts for The Planet 2017
Kiat Siam Leatherware
Kiat Siam Leatherware is a specialist in producing the finest quality leatherware products, custom designed to meet clients’ special requirements. With more than 30 years experience in producing quality leather products, the company’s expert craftsmen are committed to meet the most demanding of requirements. The company’s products such as amenities boxes, tissue boxes, menu covers and register blotters have become essential items used in many hotels, restaurants and even limousines across Thailand and internationally. For more information, visit www.kiatsiam.com
With over 50 years of experience, Hawaii Thai has grown into Thailand’s largest producer and exporter of wicker furniture, operating from a production base located in an area of over 80 rais (31.6 acres) in Prachinburi Province. This plant is well equipped with the highest manufacturing facilities to cater to the needs of both domestic and international customers. The company produces furniture and furnishing products for hotels, homes and residences and takes pride in functionality and elegance and exquisite craftsmanship. For more information, visit www.hawaiithai.com
Extensive Research Polymers (ERP)
ERP is the manufacturer of high quality rubber parts and compound for industries including automotive and home appliances. The company has been established at Samutprakarn province since 1991 with rubber compound as a core business. In 2004, the ERP factory moved from Samutprakarn province to Chonburi province to expand its capacity and improve process. The company also operates its own laboratory to test and develop products to meet clients’ speciﬁcations. For more information, visit http://erppolymers.com
PHUKET, May 3, 2017 – AKSARA Collection planted 150 mangrove trees
PHUKET – Deevana Patong Resort and Spa’s representative were at Reginal Environment Office