Jitinat Asdamongkol, President of ONE Championship Thailand, joined some of the promotion’s leading Thai stars to provide relief goods for families in the Wat Pai Ngern area of Bangkok.
Alongside event partners PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, representatives from the organization such as Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai, Petchboonchu FA Group, and Pongsiri PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym were there on 10 May to be a part of the ONE Care initiative aimed at helping people through the COVID-19 crisis.
Villagers from the Phai Ngern Temple and nearby community of 800 homes descended on the gym, which is nestled in the heart of the district, to receive food, household goods, and financial aid.
“ONE Championship is happy to shake hands with all partners in order to help society in all forms. We are also trying to fix the negative image that has occurred to boxing in our country, which has been directly affected by the recent COVID-19 crisis,” Jitinat says.
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PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym representatives “Sor Ann” Amphon and “Khun Game” Thoedsak were on hand at the drive, and they were proud to do their part to help the local residents.
“The Wat Pai Ngern community is like an important neighbor of the camp. Like Phai Ngern Temple, PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym is another center of people in this area,” Thoedsak says.
“Sometimes, people come to meet and talk to the team and the boxers during training sessions. They follow the boxers they love, and some send their children to study boxing in the camp.
“If the camp knows that they are in trouble, we are always ready to reach out to help with good relations.”
Wiratchai, a Thai mixed martial arts pioneer and ONE Championship featherweight star, was glad to be a part of the initiative – especially since it happened in a place that is so close to his heart.
“This is my hometown community. I was ordained as a monk for the first time at this temple,” he reveals.
Officials at the event handed out masks and sanitizer to everyone who attended to receive goods, and there were also temperature-checking stations to limit any potential spread of infection.
Though it was a success and everything went smoothly on the day, there is still plenty of work to be done.
ONE Championship will continue to do everything in its power to help the vulnerable in these unprecedented times, as well as the sport of Muay Thai, and the nation as a whole.
“This is just the first step of the project,” Jitinat says. “There are still many initiatives that ONE is currently developing with our partners in order to get the combat sports industry back on its feet again, and also expanding the growth of related businesses and the national economy.”