September 26, 2019
Panthera Group co-founders, Mr. Michael T. Doherty and Mr. Paul Hayward, recently distributed 1,000 high-quality helmets to students in Thailand through our Helmets for Kids program, which aims to increase helmet use among children, teachers, and parents to reduce their risk of head injury.
Mr. Doherty and Mr. Hayward joined students at Chumchon Mooban Pattana School in Klong Toey District, Bangkok for a symbolic helmet handover ceremony, where 500 helmets were distributed to students at Mooban Pattana School, Wat Saphan School, Wat Klongtei School, and Sun Ruam Namchai School. An additional 500 helmets were sent to students across 6 schools in Phuket, Thailand.
During the helmet handover ceremony, students learned to properly use helmets by watching other students’ performances and onstage helmet demonstrations. The students also participated in various games and activities, through which they learned about the importance of safe road behavior and about the dangers of failing to wear a helmet.
The event marks the first helmet distribution by Panthera Group through AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Kids program.
Mr. Doherty stated, “The Helmets for Kids program ensures that communities in need have access to quality helmets and life-saving road safety education. Panthera Group has donated 1,000 helmets today because we recognize the importance of saving every single young life. The number of road fatalities in Thailand is truly inexcusable, at some of the highest rates in the world. We feel that we need to step up and help protect children’s lives.”
Panthera Group is a privately owned company, based in Bangkok, with operations in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Samui, Thailand. The company was originally formed as an amalgamation of various food and beverage, hotel, property, investment, and management companies and offers expertise in ground-up construction, adaptive reuse, value-added acquisition and repositioning projects.
Read the full press release here and see more photos of the helmet handover ceremony here.