The Thai Children's Trust formally launches in Bangkok today, with a reception at the British Embassy, hosted by Ambassador Quinton Quayle.
Originally the Pattaya Orphanage Trust, the charity has changed its name to better reflect its programme of work which now extends beyond the resort town of Pattaya and operates throughout the whole of Thailand.
Representatives of the Thai Children's Trust from both the UK and Thailand are joining supporters and colleagues from the UK/Thai business community. The charity is keen to tell more people about its wider work and how business leaders might become involved. They will be invited to see how their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes could include some rewarding new initiatives.
"We are delighted to have the support of the British Embassy in our extended role", said Andrew Scadding, Chief Executive of Thai Children Trust UK, "and we are most grateful to them for hosting this special occasion.
"We should also like to express our appreciation of the good relationship that has always existed between the two countries in allowing the charity to carry out its work.
"We would emphasise that the change of name makes no difference to the heart and soul of the charity. We remain committed to the welfare of children in Thailand and we hope that tonight will encourage more people to support us.
"In the UK we have some wonderful sponsors and friends who help us send some £700,000 a year to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in Thailand.
"Many here will know that we were founded by the remarkable Irish priest from Chicago, Fr Ray Brennan, who did so much for young people in Pattaya. We will not forget his outstanding work and our support for his projects will, of course, continue."
The Thai Children's Trust uk supports vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Thailand. The charity helps orphans, disabled children, children with HIV, tsunami survivors and street children, providing a home, an education and a future for almost 1,000 children, and reaching out to thousands more through health and nutrition projects.
For more information see: www.thaichildrenstrust.org.uk