Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited
The Givers Network forum finds ways 'to give better'
5 October 2019
Bangkok - The Givers Network held its annual forum at Waldorf Astoria, with inspiring speeches from 5 special givers followed by workshops on 3 key issues: early childhood development, elderly care, and ocean conservation.
Co-founded by the DTGO-linked Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation, along with the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) and the Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN), the network is dedicated to the ideal 'Together we can give better.'

The network aims to help address enduring global challenges - such as illiteracy, poverty, lack of immunization - by linking givers and charities to boost the sector's impact.

The 5 speakers at 'The Givers Network 2019, Bangkok' were:

Bill Somerville - A famous Californian grantmaker with an inspiring vision of 'grassroots philanthropy' from 5 decades of helping poor communities.
Mechai Viravaidya - A celebrated Asian changemaker who led a revolution in family planning and now brings a new vision for schools.
Lilly Satidtanasarn - A 12-year-old schoolgirl whose passion to combat pollution is helping change Thai attitudes to single-use plastic.
Worawit Tantiwattanasap - The head of Umphang Hospital, who has worked tirelessly for 27 years to help border communities.
Nai Saetoen - A young girl who changes lives, without funds or resources, by everyday acts of kindness.

After attending the speeches in the Magnolia Ballroom, the attendees held discussions over lunch before joining the workshops in the afternoon.

"From renowned givers such as Mr. Mechai Varaidya, famous for his work on family planning, to 'Lilly' Satidtanasarn, a 12-year-old eco-activist, The Givers Network 2019 presented a wide variety of ways of giving," said Dr. Wit Soontaranun, vice chairperson and treasurer of Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation.

"We showed how much we can all do, whether by building organizations, leveraging social media, or just grabbing opportunities in everyday life to uplift our communities."

The honorable hosts at The Givers Network included the Asia Philanthropy Circle represented by Mr. Laurence Lien, the Thai Young Philanthropist Network (TYPN) by Ms. Ada Chirapaisarnkul, and Dhanin Tawee Chearavanont Foundation by Ms. Kamolnan Chearavanont.

The Givers Network also gathered luminaries such as Dr. Karndee Leopairote, Ms .Warunya Punawakul, Mr. John Rattanaveroj, Mr. Chawin Athakravisunthorn, and Mr. Suwannachat Phromchat, the famous humanitarian taxi driver.

For more information on The Givers Network, please go to www.giversnetwork.org.
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