In possibly one of the most beneficial Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in recent times, the combined forces of local Resorts and a number of other community orgaisations and companies have presented 1,150 motorcycle helmets to Hua Hin children as part of the “Helmet Extravaganza”.
Shocking figures show that less than seven per cent of Thai children wear helmets when riding on motorbikes with their parents. This means that every day, all across the country, more than 93 per cent of Thai children are risking their lives just by traveling to and from school. In order to address this alarming statistic, 14 of Hua Hin’s top hotels joined forces on 14th September, to present the “Helmet Extravaganza” – a CSR event aimed at saving the lives of young people in Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.
Hotels taking part in the initiative included Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, InterContinental Hua Hin, Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Chiva-Som International, Putahracsa Hua Hin, SO Sofitel Hua Hin, G Hua Hin Resort & Mall, Banyan The Resort Hua Hin, and Amari Hua Hin.
Representatives from these hotels welcomed hundreds of local children from nearby for an engaging event aimed at delivering the message of motorcycle safety. A total of more than 1,000 motorbike helmets were donated by the hotels, Hua Hin Palm Orchid Homes, Hua Hin Business Network, the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin and the Da Vinci International School to the students, who were also able to take part in fun activities such as helmet painting. “It is a worrying fact of life in Thailand – and across many Asian countries – that many children do not wear helmets when traveling on motorcycles with their parents,” Goetz Bauer, General Manager of the Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa. “There are many reasons for this, but often it is simply that the children do not have helmets to wear.” “By donating more than 1,000 helmets to local students we could be potentially saving the lives of 1,115 local children. This is a truly incredible.”