Thursday, July 26, 2023: One young man’s journey is a shining example of dedication and selflessness in a world where inspiration and compassion often merge. Meet Rafa Oakkharathewa, a talented Muay Thai boxer and a beacon of hope for his community. For the past five years, Rafa has been supported by the WBC MuayThai Youth Cares program, which has not only helped him pursue his dreams but also witnessed him blaze a trail of his own, giving back to those in need with unwavering generosity.

Thanks to the academic scholarships provided by WBCMT Youth Cares, he focused on honing his skills in the ring while ensuring a quality education without financial constraints. However, Rafa’s ambition knew no bounds, and he was determined to make his mark as a Nak Muay and a force of positive change in his community.

Throughout the past years, Rafa has been giving back to his community in remarkable ways. His most recent act of inspiring civic engagement came as a heartfelt donation to an elderly handicapped that provides care for the physically injured elderly who lack access to quality healthcare. Rafa’s support was life-changing for one older woman with an amputated leg. He donated a wheelchair and covered her medical bills, offering her a glimmer of hope and a sense of comfort in her time of need.

What makes Rafa’s contributions even more extraordinary is the source of the funds he uses for these philanthropic endeavors. He earned the reward from his MuayThai competition in Italy last June. Rather than indulging in personal luxuries, Rafa has reinvested his success into the community.

His acts of generosity and selflessness have not gone unnoticed. WBCMT Youth Cares, the program with Rafa every step of the way, takes immense pride in witnessing the young Nak Muay’s growth. Rafa has not only become a hero in the ring, showcasing his skills and determination with every punch, but he has also emerged as a hero in his community, touching lives and inspiring others to follow in his footsteps.

As Rafa continues to shine as an athlete and a philanthropist, his story reminds us that we can all make a difference, regardless of our age or background. Let us be inspired by Rafa’s remarkable journey and strive to create positive change in our communities, following the path of a true champion, not just in the ring but in life.