ONE side of Thailand is full of happy honeymooners, crystal clear blue waters and endless parties. The other side is a community with orphanages in desperate need of assistance.
These orphanages in rural Chiang Mai, are lucky enough to get a much needed helping hand from the Gatton Baptist Church's Volunteer Community Orphanage Support Team every two years.
This January a team of 12 volunteers travelled to Chiang Mai to assist the orphanage.
However, helping out these orphanages would not be easy without the continued support from Gatton Supa IGA and its Community Chest.
Gatton Supa IGA donates all funds from the Community Chest to a worthy cause each month to help out the region.
The Volunteer Community Orphanage Support Team was chosen as November's recipient of the funds totalling $420.
Gatton Supa IGA store manager Emma Goos said the Community Chest is dependant on the community's involvement.
"The funds come from donations and also a percentage from every IGA branded product purchased goes towards the Community Chest," she said.
"Everything in the catalogue with a Community Chest logo on it also has a percentage donated to the fund."
Pastor at the Gatton Baptist Church Doug Beahan said the IGA has contributed to the cause in more than one way.
"IGA donates products for our Saturday morning barbecue fundraisers," he said.
"They also allow us to use their shade shelters and set up the barbecue outside the store."
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