In Thailand, we celebrate National Children’s Day or “Wan Dek,” held on the second Saturday in January. Children’s Day is an important opportunity for families to educate their children on their role in Thailand’s future.
The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort (TLR) team helped to celebrate the 24th National Children’s Day at Canal Village with our own TLR booth. Our sports and recreation team had fun hosting the Coconut Bowling game where each child was a winner, while our engineering, food and beverage host and human resources training teams served delicious Thai-style ice cream to each and every child, including those “young at heart”—not an easy feat considering the large turnout.
This day also allows us, as adults, to reminisce of our happy and carefree childhoods growing up in Thailand and to ensure that the Children’s Day experience for our children is a memorable one, inspiring them to be their best.
Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort — BY RORY CAMPBELL
To coincide with Thailand’s National Children’s Day, the Outrigger Koh Samui team launched their Community Social Responsibility (CSR) partnership with the Watkeereewongkaram School in Koh Samui.The day included a presentation of new school uniforms for some of the more needy students as well as small gifts for the remaining students to celebrate the day. While the students were involved in a series of sports activities and games, the Outrigger team prepared lunch with pizza making, and eating, a clear highlight. Later in the afternoon, the resort team took on the kids in more activities and despite their best efforts, were soundly beaten—we may need to work on a new fitness program!
The partnership with the school will continue throughout the year with Outrigger providing assistance with infrastructure improvements, maintenance programs, the supply of additional resources by way of books and equipment as well as staff to help coordinate many on-site and off-site development programs. If the enthusiasm of the kickoff event is any indication, it will be a mutually rewarding year for the students and staff at Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort.