Great to have Michael Prince from St Patricks college join us for a week of work experience. I attended St Patricks myself, graduating back in 1997. Michael is currently completing a business diploma and is a bit of a wiz when it comes to spreadsheets and calculations. As an ‘old boy’ of St Pats it is great to give back to the College when I can.
It was great to get out to Northern Thailand and catch up with our friends. To the bottom right of the picture above is Praw, our first sponsor student. She has since graduated from University and is now working in a fashion boutique. It’s been amazing to watch her transformation. When we met her 4 years ago, she was a very shy and scrawny young lady who couldn’t speak much English. Now she is a confident individual who speaks fluent English. Praw came to stay with us in early 2016 and this did a lot for her English skills and general confidence. Her and my wife have become very close friends, almost like mother and daughter.
The student crouching next to her is Poon, who is one of our current sponsor students. She has a bright future with an A+ average at school and such ambition. I think that coming from a challenging background can really motivate you to do well and break away from your circumstances. Poon and her mother (pictured above her) flew in from Bangkok to join us in Chiang Mai on this day and this was the first time they had both been on a plane! We had such a wonderful day together.
Both myself and my wife feel blessed to be in a position to give back.
Phailin joined our scholarship support program in mid 2016. She’s a bright young lady from Northern Thailand looking to make a splash in the Accounting space. She is currently studying at the university in Bangkok and looking to graduate in early 2018. Her level of english concerns me, as fluent english is a major advantage in the business world…..so we are working hard on this.
Miss Wijittra Ruenkosum, a young hardworking Year 11 student from Klon Toey Bangkok. I think this girl has huge potential and we have decided to support her so that she may remain in a good school. She dreams of travelling and working in Japan.
I believe in supporting students in developing countries, as they are not entitled to the same support as those of us in developed countries. Often these students will not reach their potential due to a lack of funding for their education.
When I started this business 5 years ago, it was always my goal to be able to ‘give back’ to worthwhile causes once the business had achieved a certain level of success. So I’m very proud to announce that 2017 will mark the launch of the Dalton FP Scholarship and Community fund. (I hope to eventually settle on a name much shorter than this!)
We are aiming to allocate around $20,000 to the fund in its first year, which will come directly from the business. Although not a huge amount, it’s a great start. We are also likely to pick up support from business associates and some of our wealthier clients.
The fund will focus on 2 areas:
Overseas student scholarships: My mother came from a poor country and she was only able to complete grade 5. She sacrificed a lot in her life to help her sons get a good education and I’m so grateful for the opportunities. This is why I’m very passionate about giving that same opportunity to students in poorer countries. Students who have great potential, but maybe not the resources to realise their dreams. Through our network of contacts in South East Asia, we will try and locate individuals that deserve this support.
A scholarship worth $2,000 a year goes a long way over there.
Local community projects: Our main office is located in Sandgate, the area I grew up in. It’s a very community orientated area and we would like to support worthwhile local projects. I enjoy giving directly to the smaller, less noticed causes. This is not about ‘sponsoring’ to get our name out there, but trying to find these smaller causes that are important but often overlooked. We also enjoy encouraging and sponsoring our clients with their fundraisers, so some of the funds will likely go here too.
Anyway, exciting times ahead. I am so grateful to all my wonderful clients who we love working with and have made this fund a possibility.
– Josh D