December, 2010: Kamala School Christmas Party
The Rachaprachanukroh School, Kamala put on a Christmas Show with a little help from Phuket Has Been Good To Us English teachers and students. In Coconut Club we made props for the song and then the teachers and 20 students sang The 12 days of Christmas whilst holding up the gifts given. The song received a huge round of applause from the entire school. Well done Coconut Clubbers!
November, 2010: Springfree donate a trampoline for Kamala School
When the trampoline arrived at Kamala School all of the children who live there full time as they are orphans or their families are not able to look after them could not believe their luck. They kept asking me when it was going to be taken away again and were just so delighted when they were told it was theirs' to play on any time they liked. We asked the children what they liked about the gift and On, aged 16 said "a very good heart gives this gift. I love it" Oom, aged 10 said "it is much fun to play gymnastics" (written in Thai and translated to English). A huge thank you to Springfree for donating the trampoline to Kamala School.
October, 2010: Charity Lunch in the UK
Supporters of the Foundation Cherry Wright and Sharon Ellis organised a lunch in England and raised nearly 60,000 baht for the Foundation. A huge thank you to them and all of the ladies at the lunch for their incredible support! The money will go towards purchasing reading group books for the classrooms and Coconut Club supplies.
September, 2010: Andara raises 250,000 Thb for the Foundation
Andrew Whitaker, General Manager and Khun Pimpatai Techachukiat, Director of Sales & Marketing from Andara Resort and Villas present Tina Hall, Director of Operations, Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation with 250,000 Thb raised at the Passion For Fashion show. Over 250 people were at Silk and Andara Resort and Villas on Sunday 12th September for the show where local models debuted Marisa Zeman's resort wear collection Nude is Rude. Attendees enjoyed Silk's sumptuous Thai food and amazing views of the Andaman Sea. A huge thank you to Andara, Silk and Marisa Zeman for organising such an incredible event. Also, many thanks for their continued support to the event's media partner 91.5FM and auction prize donors Art & Culture and Soul of Asia.
September, 2010: A Fashion Presentation in The Residence of the Ambassador of Brazil to Singapore
Genevieve Jeffs, friend of the Foundation and Executive Committee member of CWA, organised a fabulous fundraising event on behalf of the Chinese Women's Association and Phuket Has Been Good To Us in Singapore on 28th September. A Rococo Inspired Fashion Presentation 'Reach Out to Little Hands'; the event was held at the Residence of HE Paulo Soares, Ambassador of Brazil and Mrs Luisa Soares. The event was kindly supported by MAC, The Hair Shop and BLVD Gallery One. In the photograph, from left to right: Mrs Genevieve Jeffs; Mrs Betty Chen BBM, President of CWA; HRH Princess Maimunah of Johor, Malaysia and Mrs Luisa Soares.
September, 2010: Volunteers' Thank you Party
On Sunday 26th September volunteers and supporters of the Foundation came together to celebrate a hugely successful first half term at Kamala and Kalim Schools. We had a brunch with an amazing array of delicious food and sparkling wine all donated by local businesses. A huge thank you to all who sponsored the brunch: Rockfish Restaurant, Paresa Resort, Ambrose Wine Limited, Farm Bread Company, Kamala Bakery, Kamala Dreams, Andaman Wine Club By BB&B and Khun Pensri from Baan Rim Pa and Foundation Board Member. We could not have planned such a wonderful send-off to our volunteers without all of their support!
September, 2010: A donation from Melchers & Hinrichs (HK) Ltd
For the second time this year Melchers & Hinrichs (HK) Ltd sent over 5 boxes of donations for Coconut Club. The children were excited to find knights and dragons to play with. There were baseball caps which they painted with their own designs and lots of school bags which they will be given at their next birthday party. A huge thank you Absolute World Group for organising these donations and Melchers & Hinrichs for sending their boxes.
August, 2010: Birthday Party at IndoChine
On Sunday 29th August 2010 Coconut Club students were invited to IndoChine for a birthday party. There was a disco and the children had great fun dancing and playing with balloons - we even had a couple of break-dancers! IndoChine then put on an amazing BBQ and the children ate until they popped! Thank you IndoChine for inviting the students to the disco - they had a ball.
August, 2010: The Sheraton Grande Laguna UNICEF Day
The Sheraton Grande Laguna ran a UNICEF children's day for hotel guests on Saturday 28th August and invited Coconut Club students to join them. The children painted, designed jewellery and most excitingly made their own pizzas for lunch! A huge thank you to The Sheraton Grande Laguna for such a fun day!
August, 2010: Absolute August Birthday Party
On Saturday 21st August we took 30 Coconut Club students to Absolute Patong Ville for their birthday party if it had been their birthday in the last few months. The children went swimming and had great fun playing water volley ball, then they ate delicious party food and cake. A huge thank you to Absolute for organizing such a great day out and for their staff for making it such fun for the children.
July, 2010: Amanpuri Fun Day
Amanpuri staff and management ran a Fun Day at Coconut Club on Saturday 31st July. They organised fun ball games, their beauticians provided manicures and hair braiding and the children could make jewellery or paint great pictures. Then there was an amazing buffet served in silver trays followed by ice-lollies and a huge chocolate cake! Over 40 Coconut Clubbers were invited to the fun day - deepest thanks to Amanpuri for such a great time!
July, 2010: A trip to the Zoo with Yorkshire Inn
The Children of Phuket, part of the Yorkshire Hotel Group, took their four sponsored students and four of their friends on an amazing outing to the Zoo. Photographer Michael Spigarolo was there with them to document the huge smiles on their faces as they saw wild animals for the first time. But that wasn't all, after the zoo, the children went to the Yorkshire Inn in Patong and splashed around in the pool and for lunch ordered anything they wanted from the great menu. What an amazing day out - thank you Yorkshire Inn!"
July, 2010: Skateboarding at Coconut Club
Skateboard Tuesday is considered THE best time by the residential students at The Rachaprachanukroh School on Kamala Beach. They sign up for skateboarding at Coconut Club and then quickly run downstairs to put on their safety helmets and pads. Volunter Luke Remmers has been teaching them for a number of months and some of the students are now budding young skateboarding stars!
June, 2010: Absolute Birthday Party
Coconut Club children with a birthday in May and June were invited to Patong Absolute Ville. Everyone had a great time splashing around, practicing swimming and Absolute staff and their families played great fun party games with the children too. The best part, as always, for children though, was the birthday cake - which they got to take back to school and share with their friends in Coconut Club on Monday. Thank you Absolute!
June, 2010: The Porsche Club of Singapore drive to the Hilton Arcadia
Over 20 Porsche owners drove from Singapore to Phuket. The Porsche Club of Singapore invited 40 lucky Coconut Club students for a thrilling ride of a lifetime. The children climbed into the Porsches and were taken for a spin along Karon Beach behind a police escort complete with flashing lights!
June, 2010: ENJO team building with Coral Seekers
Over 200 ENJO staff were lucky enough to come to Indigo Pearl for their annual sales awards. Coral Seekers ran a team building event for all 200 of them and they invited eight Coconut Club students to join their teams! The winning team gave educational gifts to the students to take back to Coconut Club. ENJO generously donated 60,000 baht to the Foundation, South Australian staff gave away their 'sales team of the year prize' and all donated their small change to collect over 40,000 baht more. A huge thank you to everyone at ENJO.
May, 2010: Weekend Art Project at Coconut Club
Adam and Iolanda Meehan and their friends from Hong Kong - Luka Wu and Leonie Ideler brought photo frames and a camera to Coconut Club on Saturday 22 May. The children decorated their frames and took fun photos of themselves dressed up and with their friends. They were so excited to take the frames back to their dorm rooms.
May, 2010: Running a Triathlon for Charity
Bryan Lunt of Absolute World Group of Companies competed in a gruelling triathlon and asked all of his friends to make a donation to the Foundation on his behalf. Thank you Bryan from the children of Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation for your wonderful support and to his friends for their generous donations. Together they raised over 100,000 THB! Bryan (back row, centre of photo) visited Coconut Club to meet some of the students he is helping.
April, 2010: Four Friends of the Foundation go to the top of the world to support the children!
In April this year, three businessmen Roger Best, Martin Hills and Chris Coulcher along with Craig Adams, a pilot with Dragonair, decided to do a sponsored walk for charity. Battling through the volcanic ash from Iceland, Chris only just managed to make it from London to join the others in Kathmandu and then on to Lukla. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla took them 30 minutes and gave amazing views of the Himalayas as they flew low through the mountains. Then suddenly, they were diving through a hole in the clouds and were faced with the shortest runway they had ever seen! The plane slammed down and full brakes and reverse thrust brought them to a halt in front of the side of a mountain at the end of the runway!
Then, battling thinning air, a diet of dal bhat (lentil soup and boiled rice), spartan accommodations and freezing nights the intrepid foursome and their Sherpa guide set out on an 18 day trek to Everest Base Camp at 5360m. Walking up to eight hours a day they were surrounded by the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. On the second day they were rewarded with their first incredible glimpse of Mt. Everest and that night made the hard ascent to Namche Bazaar; a market town perched high on a mountain which is the gateway for all the famous expeditions to Everest. Day ten was the big day, up whilst it was still dark, they left their lodge and trekked a rocky, glacial trail and with a huge sense of achievement arrived at Everest Base Camp. Amazingly, despite the intrepid trekkers climbing over 5,480m to Gokyo Ri, not one of them suffered from altitude sickness. CONGRATULATIONS to the team on their incredible achievement and a HUGE thank you to all of their sponsors for the amazing donation from the trek of 400,000 baht! Everyone at the Foundation feels on the top of the world due to your generosity.
March, 2010: Birthday Party at Coconut Club
The last birthday party of the school year and now every residential student at Kamala School has had a special party they could invite their friends to. Thank you to everyone who made this possible in March - Rockfish with their brilliant party games, guitar player and food, Maitree for the birthday cake and all of our amazing volunteers who brought cakes, games and helped out on the day.
February, 2010: Cooking at Coconut Club
Coconut Club students learnt to cook 'tin foil fish' when the Harries Family joined us from Hong Kong for a week. The children chopped garlic and herbs and made little parcels of their fish which they shared with other residential students at dinner. We're all looking forward to the Harries's next visit!
February, 2010: Absolute February Birthday Party
On Saturday 13th February 20 very excited children climbed into two mini busses bound for Absolute Patong Ville. The students had a brilliant time swimming, eating party food and cake and watching the clown magician. Yet again, thank you to Absolute for organising such a great day out and for their staff for giving up their weekend to make this very special birthday party a huge success.
January, 2010: Turtles at the Marriott
Coconut Club students had a great day at the Marriott! First, they participated in JW Marriott's Kid Sole - helped by the amazing Kid Sole staff including Nit Noi, Turkey, Gee and Pee. Students tried juggling, bicycling, trapeze work, mini trampoline, and giant trampoline. Lunch was at the noodle bar, where students got to make their own meal and eat delicious chocolate cake. In the afternoon, we went to the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation where we learnt about turtles and the students made posters. A fantastic, informative, fun day! Thank you so much JW Marriott.
January, 2010: Birthday Party at Coconut Club
Take face painting clowns, amazing balloon animals, pass the parcel, plus our friends from Rockfish with a brilliant party game and a guitar to sing happy birthday add a huge cake from Les Anges - and you get 30 very happy birthday children! A huge thank you to all the donors and volunteers who make these very special birthday parties such a success.
January, 2010: Tie Dye T-shirts
Whilst visiting from Hong Kong Isabelle-Marie, Adam and baby Alexis came to Coconut Club. They brought with them T-shirts and students tie dyed shirts one Saturday afternoon; the children were amazed when they took out the knots to find the patterns they had made. Other students got to stencil shirts with cats and dogs which was great fun. Thank you guys!
January, 2010: PIMEX Boat Show Phuket
The organisers of the PIMEX Boat Show in Royal Phuket Marina were kind enough to give the Foundation a free stand at the Boat Show. Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation staff and volunteers were able to say hi to old friends and tell many new people about the amazing work we are doing in Kamala and Kalim Schools.