Father Ray Foundation

Think of Thailand’s medal history at the summer Olympic Games and there are two sports that the Kingdom has done better in than any other sports; boxing and weightlifting.

It was at the Beijing 2008 Games that Somjit Jongjohor won a gold medal in the Flyweight division, while Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon, who apart from having the longest name of any Olympic champion, lifted her way to a gold medal in the Women’s 53 kg weightlifting competition.

They returned to Thailand as superstars and while Somjit moved into the world of entertainment and became a well known actor, Prapawadee joined the armed forces, but both became brand ambassadors for Siam Sport, Thailand’s largest sports media company.

Both recently traveled to the Father Ray Foundation to donate sporting equipment to the students with disabilities at the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities.

There they met the children and students from the projects managed by the Father Ray Foundation. They were entertained with a traditional dance routine from the young girls, the special needs children hosted a magic show and the boys from the Children’s Home gave an exhibition of Muay Thai.

Prapawadee was very happy to meet a fellow weightlifter, Prakit Thongsang, a wheelchair user who has traveled the world representing the Kingdom, and bringing home a large haul of medals.

It was a wonderful opportunity for the children and students to meet two professional athletes, and also to hear from two ordinary people whose hard work and dedication has earned them rewards that are in the reach of everyone.

DSC_0637_resize DSC_0663_resize DSC_0668_resize DSC_0672_resize DSC_0673_resize DSC_0709_resize DSC_0720_resize DSC_0723_resize DSC_0727_resize DSC_0733_resize DSC_0754_resize DSC_0762_resize DSC_0769_resize DSC_0777_resize DSC_0784_resize

We never turn a needy child away