Fundraising: Me and my charity - Jonathan Ganesh

Former boxer Jonathan Ganesh, 32, began supporting the Pattaya Orphanage Trust UK, a charity helping orphans and street children in Thailand, after reading a newspaper ad six years ago. He raised £7,000 last year through events including a boxing match and running the London Marathon.

Why did you choose the Pattaya Orphanage Trust? I went to Thailand eight years ago to see a boxing match and was taken aback by a poor girl who everybody was avoiding in the street because she was suffering from some kind of extreme eczema on her face. I gave her some money but soon realised that it would not make a difference in the long run.

Back in London, I saw a tiny advert about the trust in the paper and decided to phone them. I have been involved ever since.

What do you do to support the charity? I have been sponsoring a child at the orphanage in Pattaya for five years. I met the girl, named Roong, for the first time in October when I went back to Thailand. She is five years-old and I give her £15 a month via direct debit.

I also give speeches about the trust's work at my local church in the Docklands, London, and raise donations on their behalf, like the £180 I raised by organising a Christmas raffle. But my biggest fundraising effort last year was when I raised £5,000 by running the London Marathon, and £1,000 for a boxing match that I lost. The money will be use to build a home for the street children of Pattaya. I saw the foundations being laid during my last trip.

I give as much time as I can to the charity because I enjoy it so much. It is like a family.

Do you support other charities? I give £5 a month to Cafod. I have been supporting them for 10 years, but my mother has been doing it for even longer. I only give to well known charities because some charities are bogus.

For example, yesterday somebody rang at my door to collect a donation for the tsunami appeal, and I felt that something was not right with what he was saying. He said that the money would pay for a minibus, which I found very odd.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus