ANZWG has an established tradition of giving back to the Thai community in which we live in various ways. Since 2003 funds raised from the Melbourne Cup Luncheon have assisted a range of organisations that work with Thai women and children to promote their health, well being and education. In more recent years ANZWG has strengthened the focus on Melbourne Cup proceeds funding educational opportunities and programs. ANZWG also raises funds throughout the year and supports projects that provide health, welfare and education.
Examples of organisations previously supported by ANZWG with Melbourne Cup Funds.
2015 109 Educational scholarships over eight organisations
2014 Haus Bethesda Orphanage and Home of the Open Heart
2013 Beaumont Ruam Pattana School
2012 Schools affected by flooding
2011 Smiles on Wings
2010 Duang Prateep Foundation
The ANZWG Welfare sub-committee is elected annually at the AGM and is comprised of a small group of current members. The sub-committee holds responsibility for community project requests and provides informed recommendations to the ANZWG committee for endorsement. The sub-committee also provides information to members about volunteer opportunities in Thailand and arranges visits for members to familiarise them with local charities.
The ANZWG Melbourne Cup Luncheon and sales from the ANZWG Bangkok Guide provide the major source of funds for welfare and community projects. In 2015 ANZWG distributed the Melbourne Cup proceeds to eight organisations that provided 109 educational scholarships for the 2016/17 academic year. In addition food, transport costs and school uniforms have been funded. Some of the other community projects funded during 2015 included the construction of an ablution block and sports field at an orphanage, the provision of bunk beds and bedding at a school and renovation of bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchen in an orphanage. Organisations in northern and southern provinces benefit from ANZWG support.
ANZWG also holds a monthly morning tea for members and proceeds from “spare coin” donations at this event are given to Sister Joan who distributes them in packs of 40 Baht to Thai people requiring assistance with transport to school, medical appointments and purchase of food.
Some of the projects ANZWG has been involved with over the last few years include:
- 3 students given university sponsorships through the THEP Project
- 100+ students given yearly school sponsorships
- Providing over 600 children in Klong Toei with school uniforms
- Milk Sponsorship: The Friends For all Children Foundation (FFAC), receives monthly milk powder assistance, nappies, and other special requests for help.
- Sister Joan from the Presentation Slums Mission Bangkok, assisted with Baby Milk, Food for Families and School Uniform programmes.
- The Duangkaew Foundation led by Dr Piyoros Preeyanont
- The Rural Ear Nose and Throat Foundation
- The Fatima Self-Help Centre, run by Sister Louise
- Thailand Hilltribe Education Project [THEP] through the auspices of Susan Race, Khun Panwadee Rammasit
- The Christian Care for Disabled Children [CCD] and Rainbow House
- We Train (Association for the Promotion of the Status of Women) under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H. Princess Soamsawali
- The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer at King Chullongkorn Memorial Hospital
- St Joseph's Home Yala (In the unstable south of Thailand)
- The Cardiac Children's Foundation under the patronage of HRH Princess Galyani
The Australia New Zealand Women's Group (ANZWG) has a long and proud tradition of appreciating the Thai community in which we live and in doing our best to help those in need within the community. Throughout our time in Thailand, ANZWG’s mission has always been to raise funds to support disadvantaged Thai women and children. In May 2016 the 20th Edition of the Bangkok Guide is to be launched. 45 years of giving back to the community continues.