Bankers' Quest to Build Bikes of Joy for Phuket Orphanage
Big-hearted Singapore bankers got on their bikes to bring joy to youngsters of a Phuket orphanage in a unique training programme devised and staged by Quest, the corporate team building organisation.
More than 210 senior management and staff of the Singapore bank took time out from their recent conference at Angsana Laguna Phuket to spend a morning at Baan Sosa Orphanage taking part in the Quest programme – dubbed the “Great Bike Build.”
They were split into teams to work on problem-solving tasks and issued with bike parts, which were later assembled into mountain bikes with the help of a professional bike technician.
Twenty completed bikes were then handed over to the youngsters – and in a heart-warming gesture the bankers also made a donation of THB 125,000 (S$ 4,947) to the orphanage.
“This was probably the most powerful programme we have ever operated,” said Alun Gathergood, Quest regional manager. “It was an emotional experience for everyone concerned - and some tears were shed at the handover.”
Baan Sosa Orphanage is home to 120 orphaned children aged from four to 16 years-old and is one of five orphanages in Thailand administered by the Australian-based SOS Foundation and supported by Thai Royal Family patronage.
Phuket-based Quest, Asia’s leading and most innovative corporate team building organisation, also offers programmes on the Indonesian resort island of Bintan near Singapore and is poised for further expansion throughout the region.
Quest will be managing team-building operations at the new Laguna Lang Co resort in central Vietnam, due to open later in 2012. Its head office is at Laguna Phuket, where it has been operating since 1995. More information at: www.questleadingtheway.com
Laguna Phuket has fundraised more than 1 million baht over the past 15 years to support local sea turtle release research programs.