Answering the call of philanthropy, IWC Schaffhausen has inducted a newly refurbished educational facility in the northwest Thai region of Mae Sot to aid underprivileged youths living in poverty. The initiative was made possible through the auction of a Pilot Double Chronograph Edition 'Le Petit Prince' timepiece in red gold — organised in conjunction with Sotheby's Geneva — with the money raised donated to IWC Schaffhausen's humanitarian partner, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, for the sole purpose of aiding and remodelling the Hopsitality & Catering Training Centre (HCTC).
A pillar of goodwill and hope that echoes the values and vision of both partners, the facility will provide a holistic educational experience for young Thais to build a better future. First established in 2009, HCTC now boasts a new media laboratory stocked with computers, books and manuals, as well as a garden and greenhouse that allows the students to grow and harvest vegetables as part of their hospitality training. With the injection of funds from the auction, HCTC is also able to cover the schooling expenses of 60 students.
By equipping these young minds with the skills and knowledge to further their opportunities in the hospitality industry when they graduate, IWC Schaffhausen and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation are furthering their humanist philosophy and resolve of giving back to society. Certainly, their generous aid goes a long way into making a tangible difference for the less privileged of Mae Sot.