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Chevrolet’s One World Futbol Project Brings Smiles to Schoolchildren in Chonburi, Thailand

  • GM Vice President of Global Manufacturing and President of International Operations Tim Lee joins GM Southeast Asia President Martin Apfel to hand out 130 footballs to local students
  • Chevrolet has given away nearly 500 virtually indestructible balls since launching the donation campaign in Thailand last week; 5,000 footballs will be distributed nationwide by year end


Chonburi, Thailand – GM Vice President of Global Manufacturing and President of International Operations Tim Lee joined GM Southeast Asia President Martin Apfel to hand out 130 virtually indestructible footballs to schoolchildren in Chonburi on Jan. 30.

The event at Wat Nhong Ka Kha School was part of Chevrolet’s sponsorship of the One World Futbol Project, a global initiative to bring the power of play to children growing up in difficult circumstances.

“Donating footballs is part of our goal of making the world a safer, smarter and healthier place,” said Lee. “By playing football, children learn about teamwork, discipline, cooperation and fair play – values that will help them succeed throughout their lives.”

More than 200 schoolchildren welcomed the GM executives in Chonburi. They were joined by Chitra Thumborisuth,national director of the World Vision Foundation of Thailand; Pirat Khunamornlerd,managing director of Chevrolet’s dealership in Chonburi; and local government officials.

The first One World Futbol caravan in southern Thailand has travelled more than 1,500 kilometers. Since last week, 300 footballs have been handed out to schools and orphanages in Ranong, Phuket and Hat Yai.

Three more caravans are planned in the next three months to bring the joy of football to communities in Khon Kaen, Nong Khai, Phitsanoluk, Chiengrai, Rayong and Chantaburi. Chevrolet has pledged to give away 5,000 footballs in Thailand in 2013.

“This year, GM is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Thailand,” said Apfel. “We thought that instead of receiving a birthday gift and throwing a big party for ourselves, it would be better to give something back to the community. We want to show our appreciation for the warm welcome our company has received in Thailand, and all the hard work our Thai staff and partners are doing every day to help our business thrive.”

As founding sponsor of the One World Futbol Project, Chevrolet has made a commitment to give away 1.5 million long-lasting footballs to disadvantaged children around the world.

In Thailand, Chevrolet has enlisted the help of SOS Children’s Villages Southeast Asia, the World Vision Foundation of Thailand and the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under Royal Patronage to ensure that the balls reach children in genuine need. More than 50 Chevrolet dealers in Thailand are also participating in the donation campaign.

“There are too many children suffering in countries around the world. As parents and as business leaders, we feel compelled to give,” Apfel said.