Singapore Chapter of Pistorio Foundation raises S$28,490 for Underprivileged Children in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Close to 90 people braved the rain to attend the launch of the Singapore Chapter of the Pistorio Foundation on February 1, 2008. Held as a private event at the Picotin Restaurant, the Foundation sought to raise S$15,000 to benefit its Education for Life Program in aid of the Chiang Rai Village Project in Thailand. Among the guests present were representatives from the private industry and the Economic Development Board, and the Italian Ambassador.

During the event, members of the Board and supporters of the Foundation recalled the purpose of the Foundation and objectives, presented a brief on the projects so far undertaken and spread the awareness on the plight of unprivileged children around the world.

Through personal donations received and a live auction , the event raised a total of S$28,788 for the Chiang Rai Village Project, surpassing all expectations, thanks to the generosity and support of those present.

The Chiang Rai Village project allows for hill tribe village children to live with their families while attending school. The project currently covers the daily nutrition, uniform and school furniture and transportation of over 250 children to school. The money raised will contribute towards the building of a primary school adjacent to one of the villages so that at least 50 children will be within walking distance and many more will not have to travel long distances to get a good education. One hundred per cent of the money raised (S$28,788) will be used to help fund the primary school construction project in Chiang Rai.

The Pistorio Foundation operates with the support of local partners and volunteers, and through special projects with NGOs and non-profit organizations that share its philosophy of operating with minimal or no overhead costs. For more information on the Pistorio Foundation and its projects, visit www.pistoriofoundation.org