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100 Smiles in Chiang Mai for Dusit Smiles
Bangkok, April 19, 2013 - Leading Asian hospitality group Dusit International held a press
conference at Maharaj Nakhorn Chiang Mai Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand to announce its
sponsorship of cleft lip or cleft palate surgeries for 100 children with these facial deformities.
The sponsorship comes by way of Dusit Smiles, a program created in partnership with
Operation Smile Thailand.
The surgeries are possible due to donations collected from guests and staff of Dusit
International’s hotels and resorts. Donations are collected throughout the year via voluntary staff
salary deductions, donation boxes in the hotels, and various fundraisers organized by the
Group.
Founded in 2010, by 2011 Dusit Smiles raised enough funds to sponsor surgeries for nearly 80
children. In 2012, to commemorate the auspicious occasion of the 85th birthday of HM the King
of Thailand, the company sponsored 85 surgeries.
To date, Dusit Smiles’ efforts have raised over 3 million THB, used to cover the cost of medical
equipment as well as transportation for the children and their families. The surgeons, nurses
and hospital staff are all volunteers.
“Because we are a Thai company, we feel it is both our duty and responsibility to give back to
the community,” said Mr David Shackleton, COO of Dusit International. “The objectives and
results achieved by Operation Smile Thailand make this an exceptional organisation to support,
and we are pleased to partner with them in bringing a brighter future to these deserving
children.”
Since 1997, Operation Smile Thailand has treated over 7,000 children with facial deformities.
Children who do not receive reconstructive surgery often have difficulty breathing, drinking,
eating and speaking. As a result, many suffer from malnutrition, medical and psychological
problems. Approximately one in every 500 babies in Thailand is born with a cleft lip or cleft
palate, but in as little as 60 minutes, one surgery can change a child's life.
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For more information on Operation Smile Thailand, visit http://www.dusit.com/dusit-smiles.html.
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Photo Caption
Photo 1 – Dusit International COO, Mr David Shackleton, presents the check to Operation
Smile Thailand on behalf of Dusit Smiles.
From Left to Right:
1. Mr Nitti Racharit, Hotel Manager, Royal Princess Chiang Mai
2. Ms Therese Beauvais, Board Member, Operation Smile Thailand
3. Mr Kevin J Beauvais, Chief Executive Officer, Operation Smile Thailand
4. Mr David Shackleton, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International
5. Ms Sukanya Janchoo GURU dusitD2 chiang mai and General Manager Royal Princess
Chiang Mai
6. Mr Mana Chanhorm General Manager Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai
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Photo 2 – Representatives of Operation Smile Thailand and Dusit Smiles are joined by some of
the doctors who volunteer their services to the charity.
From Left to Right:
1. Ms Therese Beauvais, Board Member, Operation Smile Thailand
2. Mr Mana Chanhorm General Manager Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai
3. Dr Krit Kwan-ngern, Plastic Surgeon, Maharat Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital
4. Mr Kevin J Beauvais, Chief Executive Officer, Operation Smile Thailand
5. Assoc. Prof. Wattana Navacharoen, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Chiang Mai University
6. Mr David Shackleton, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International
7. Asst. Prof. Wimon Sirimaharaj, Head of Plastic Surgeon, Maharat Nakhon Chiang Mai
Hospital
8. Dr Puttan Wongtriratanachai, Plastic Surgeon
9. Mr Nitti Racharit, Hotel Manager, Royal Princess Chiang Mai
10. Ms Sukanya Janchoo GURU dusitD2 chiang mai and General Manager Royal Princess
Chiang Mai
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Media Contact:
Yingrekha Langulasena | Corporate Director – New Media & Communications | Dusit International
Tel: +66 (0) 2200 9999 ext. 3320 | Fax: +66 (0) 2636 3549 | Email: [email protected]
Thitiporn Wongpakawat | Corporate Assistant Manager – Public Relations | Dusit International
Tel: +66 (0) 2200 9999 ext. 3321 | Fax: +66 (0) 2636 3549 | Email: [email protected]
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Note to editor: Dusit International has more than 60 years' experience in the hotel and hospitality field. Founded in
1949 by Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose first hotel was the Princess on Bangkok's New
Road, Dusit International has since acquired a unique portfolio of distinctive hotels, building upon Thai culture and
tradition to create a personalized welcome for all guests made distinctive under the Dusit International brand promise;
the delivery of an 'experience that enlivens the individual spirit, no matter the journey’.
Dusit International comprises four hotel brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana. It also
operates Dusit Residences and its own signature Devarana Spa.
WORLDWIDE PROPERTIES
UPCOMING PROPERTIES
Dusit Thani Hotels & Resorts:
Dusit Thani Hotels & Resorts:
Dusit Thani Bangkok, Thailand
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Thailand
Dusit Thani Guam, U.S.A.
Dusit Thani Pattaya, Thailand
Dusit Thani Hainan, China
Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Thailand
Dusit Thani Qingyuan, China
Dusit Thani Manila, Philippines
Dusit Devarana Hotels & Resorts:
Dusit Thani Dubai, U.A.E.
Dusit Devarana Hainan, China
Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo, Egypt
Dusit Devarana Jaipur, India
Dusit Thani Maldives
Dusit Devarana New Delhi, India
Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai, Thailand
dusitD2 hotels & resorts:
dusitD2 hotels & resorts:
dusitD2 dubai, u.a.e.
dusitD2 chiang mai, thailand
dusitD2 khao yai, thailand
dusitD2 baraquda pattaya, thailand
dusitD2 nairobi, kenya
Dusit Princess Hotels and Resorts:
dusitD2 new delhi, india
Dusit Princess Srinakarin, Bangkok, Thailand
dusitD2 pasadena, u.s.a.
Dusit Princess Korat, Thailand
Dusit Residence Serviced Apartments:
Royal Princess Chiang Mai, Thailand
Dusit Residence and Suites, West Bay,
Royal Princess Larn Luang, Bangkok, Thailand
Doha, Qatar
Pathumwan Princess, MBK Centre, Bangkok,
Thailand
Dusit Residence Serviced Apartments:
Dusit Residence Dubai Marina, U.A.E.
Pearl Coast Premier Hotel Apartments,
Dubai,U.A.E.
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