Earlier this year Albon visited the Wat Sakaeo orphanage near Bangkok which is supported by the Iceman Charity which is run by Volker Capito, the brother of team manager Williams Jost.
Albon dyed his hair red after visiting the orphanage in March and later encouraged the F1 paddock to do the same as part of a fundraising campaign, which was helped by the decision to auction his Singapore helmet designed by the children he met. .
The helmet was eventually sold at auction for £84,075, pushing the overall fundraising for the orphanage through the Iceman Charity to nearly £100,000 for the year.
Following the conclusion of the F1 season in Abu Dhabi last weekend, Albon returned to Thailand to visit the orphanage to see the impact of the fundraiser, which had enabled the construction of a new sports hall. which should bear his name.
“When I visited the orphanage in Thailand earlier this year, I was determined to help in any way I could,” Albon said.
“With 2022 being my first year racing in Formula 1, I wanted to use my platform to do good and give back to the Thai community. I was amazed at the quality and creativity of the kids when they started designing my Singapore helmet, and the results were super impressive.
Alex Albon Williams
Photo by: Williams
“I wasn’t going to let my health concerns at Monza stop me from racing in this helmet in Singapore and I’m totally overwhelmed with the money we’ve raised to help improve the facilities at the orphanage.
“I want to say a huge thank you to my fans who donated and in particular to the very generous bidder who won my helmet.”
Albon told Autosport in a May interview that he thought working with the orphanage was “an opportunity to do the right thing.”
“I’m pretty shy and public things aren’t my favorite thing to do,” Albon said. “But I think there is an element of responsibility to be able to do good. I feel really Thai and I want to do more and more projects that can give opportunities to people, to children, to anyone. in Thailand.
“Obviously I feel like I’m in a great position to try to help. This is an opportunity for me to do the right thing. We’ve been able to give a lot of money and we’re not stopping, we want Continue.”
Helmet of Alex Albon, Williams
Photo by: Alex Albon