Private sector's supports

business November 01, 2011 00:00

By The Nation

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This daily compilation shows supports from the private sector to flood victims in Thailand. Contact



 Business operators in Ratchaprasong area will lead an effort to help flood victims, with the project to produce 100,000 EM balls. Volunteers are being enlisted for the production and for the packing of relief bags on the first flood of Amarin Plaza during Nov 3-5. Check out more information at and Volunteer registration at About 2,000 have been registered.

 The EM balls will be distributed by Thai Health Foundation. The needy can take home no more than 30 balls (with own boxes).

 On the sideline of this volunteer events, there will be a fair where all proceeds would be presented to Princess Pa Foundation and Chaipattana Foundation.



Robinson Department Store Plc is recruiting over 1,000 workers to support the opening of 4-5 branches next year, to help those whose jobs were terminated following the floods. This is in addition to financial assistance to Thai Red Cross Society, to help flood victims in the provinces where Robinson is operating like Phitsanulok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and Nonthaburi. Aside from volunteering employees, Robinson also provided 5,000 parking lots for flood victims and established the Crisis Centre to help all employees. At present, over 100 employees have moved into its shelter on the headquarter on Ratchadapisek Road.

 After the water recedes, the company is also prepared to host a special fair to sell necessity items like mattresses, pillows, towels, clothes and kitchenware at deep discounts, more than 50 per cent.


PTT Plc recently donated 4,400 water filters, which would be distributed by several organisations including Chaipattana Foundation, Thai Red Cross Society and Princess Pa Foundation. The filters can provide a total of 18,000 litres of clean water.




The Thai Bankers' Association is in discussion on a possibility to cut fees for cash withdrawal and money transfer across provinces through ATMs, according to Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul.

Announcement is likely to be made in the next two to three days, he said.


Visa Inc announced initiatives to support Thai flood victims, aside from US$10,000 donation to Thai Red Cross Society.

 In conjunction with its client banks, Visa will waive interchange fees effective from October 15-December 15 on domestic donations made to charitable organisations in Thailand. This means inter-bank processing charges on charitable contributions made by Visa cardholders to Thailand-based charities will be donated back to those charities.

  “The recent floods in Thailand have been devastating to many people across the country.  Visa is committed to helping the Thai people recover from the country’s worst flooding in 50 years through our own charitable contribution as well as encouraging Thais to donate to local charities,” said Somboon Krobteeranon, country manager, Thailand.


Bank of Ayudhya urges donation to its account No. 777-0-06285-4 , Rama III Branch, until end-December. All donations will be presented to the Thai Red Cross Society. Tax receipts are available for donation over Bt100.