The students sponsored by the Asia Center Foundation (ACF) scholarship programme have traditionally prepared a performance on the field for the sponsoring teams at the tournament, which was held on the island this year for it’s 15th time.
Attending the tournament is one of the highlights of the scholarship programme, and about 40 sponsored students from schools in Phuket and Khao Lak took part in this year’s performance, which took the word “Hope” as its theme.
The students performed a thank you song, and four children also spoke about their hopes and dreams, and their perspectives on how the scholarship programme has helped and motivated them to continue to go to school, and do as well as they are.
At the height of the performance, 100 balloons were released to symbolise the children’s dreams for their futures.
The Asia Center Foundation (ACF), a local Christian organisation that celebrated its 10th year of charity work last year, started their scholarship programme in 2005 in response to the tsunami to help children and families affected by the catastrophe.
Eight years later the programme is still going strong, supported by the Rugby 10s tournament.
The ACF and Phuket Rugby also manage the ACF Youth Rugby Development programme – and local youth team the Phuket Lomas did everyone proud by winning the cup in the U13 youth category of the tournament.
Youth teams from Bangkok [Bangkok Lions], Surathani and Krabi played against the Lomas over the weekend, and it was great to see how the youth side of rugby is developing on the island and in the south of Thailand.
Any kids interested to learning to play rugby are welcome to participate in the Phuket Lomas club activities. For details, contact the ACF’s sport development officer Darryn Mathee at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year the ACF also received a donation of B50,000 from DCM Solutions, presented during the 10s tournament, in support of the annual Charity Bike Ride from Bangkok, which takes place in February each year.
Bike ride participants mainly comprised of rugby players who “branched out” to include this fund raising event in their programmes, to help ACF to continue their work with disadvantaged children on Phuket.
Including the DCM Solutions contribution, the bike ride raised B270,150 for the ACF scholarship programme.
For more information about the ACF and its activities, contact director Roelien Muller at email@example.com