November 2013: Launch of 'Tsunami Day' song
We are pleased to introduce a new song called 'Tsunami Day', written and composed by ‘Mark Hopkins’ in 2011. The song is about his own personal experience of what happened when he was living in Patong when the Tsunami hit Phuket in 2004. With the help of the British International School, sponsors and friends, Mark was able to record the song in October 2013 in Phuket.
Mark says “It’s been a long and hard road over the past few years, probably a lot longer, but even though my circumstances are still far from rosy right now, this is simply something that I feel I must do – no matter what. It’s basically the reason I am here right now.
As of the 15th of November 2013 you can support the Foundation by downloading the ‘Tsunami Day’ song via the Tsunami Day website.
October, 2013: Foundation expands English language education program to 3rd school
We are very excited that we will be expanding to a third school in November! The Kamala Child Development Centre is just a short distance away from both our office and larger Kamala school.
We will be teaching children in Kindergarten at this new school and by doing so we can now proudly say that we teach over 1000 children!
September, 2013: Khun Kritidech Srubua joins Foundation's Board of Directors and Board of Managers
Phuket Has Been Good To Us is very excited to announce that Khun Kritidech Srubua has been appointed to both the Board of Directors and the Board of Managers. Khun Krit is Phuket Born and the CEO and founder of Oriental Events Thailand.
In the past two years he has utilized his vast experience in events management by generously assisting PHBGTU by designing and supplying the decorations and entertainment for our fundraisers that have been held at Bliss Beach Club.
Everyone at the foundation is very thankful for Khun Krit’s past contributions, and excited to welcome him to both the Board of Directors and Board of Managers.
August, 2013: Kindergarten Reads 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'
This school year we have started teaching Kindergarten classes! This will greatly help our teachers implement basic English language skills for our younger students.
A big thanks to Zara Sarafraz and Feridon Tak for donating mini-books of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' for our Kindergarten students! Teacher Michele has read the book with the students and done a colouring activity about 'The Caterpillar' after reading it.
July, 2013: Hardwick Family visit
We are delighted that June and Neil Hardwick from the United Kingdom, as well as their two daughters, visited Coconut Club for a whole week in July. The Hardwicks brought wonderful games, activities, and school supplies for our students! THANK YOU to the Hardwicks for visiting, as well as Viewpark Parish Church and the staff at Tannochside Primary school in Uddingston for funding the crafts and supplies that our students enjoyed so much.
If you want to come to Coconut Club while on holiday in Phuket, do not hesitate to contact us. We can always use some help!
July 2013: Swimming at Thanyapura sports & Leisure Club
The Aquatics Academy at Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club supports Coconut Club by providing swim lessons for our students in the weekends! Helping the children become better swimmers means they can really enjoy their time at the beach and in the pool. Thank you for your continuous generosity, it brings our students so much joy!
June, 2013: Pub Quiz at the Aussie Pub in Kamala
Every last Monday of the month the Phuket Has Been Good To us Foundation has been organising a quiz night to raise funds for the Foundation. For a year now many people have ascended the staircase at the Aussie Pub in Kamala to receive some amazing prizes. We couldn't do this without our fantastic host and other sponsors; The Phuket News, Phuket Adventure Mini Golf, Bangkok Burger Co, Merlin Divers, Skyla Beach House, and My Gate 2 Success. THANK YOU!
Want to be part of the fun and support the Foundation, check out when our next pub quiz is.
June, 2013: Grand Opening of Anantara Vacation Club, Mai Khao
On 13 June was the Grand Opening of Anantara Vacation Club, Mai Khao. Thailand’s Got Talent artist Romadon entertained guests with his unique artistic style and generously donated his painting for auction. Kathy Heinecke won the bidding at 125,000 baht and all proceeds were generously donated to Phuket Has Been Good To Us. But that wasn’t all! Anantara Vacation Club made a donation of US$5,000 to the Foundation to sponsor a class at Kamala School.
A huge thank you to Anantara Vacation Club’s Harold and June Derrah and Anantara Vacation Club, Mai Khao GM Lyndon Ellis for your support.
May, 2013: Volunteer Thank You Party
We love our volunteers, without whom our work would not be possible. To show our appreciation for their amazing contributions, we held a party for them sponsored by the Hilton Arcadia Resort and Spa! Despite the rain many of our volunteers showed up and enjoyed the fabulous food and cocktails at the Hilton's Ocean Beach Club. THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers and to the Hilton!
May, 2013: Phil and Andrew - Fixer-Uppers Extraordinaire!
Year after year long-time volunteers Andrew and Phil spend their holidays DIYing for Phuket Has Been Good To Us. They visited us recently and helped fix up our classrooms and Coconut Club! THANK YOU to Phil and Andrew for their continued support, along with the generous donors who provided supplies and goods for them to bring to us: Stephen Sutton, Shayleen Stevens, Deborah Carwana, Kate Taylor, and Helen Size for contributing to new office supplies; Tracy Holden for donating text books and coloured pencils; Texta Australia for donating new pens and highlighters; and Bostik Australia for donating brand new glue sticks!
April, 2013: April events
This year on 13 April we celebrated the Thai New Year at Bliss Beach Club by participating in their Songkran Bonanza event. Have a look at some pictures of the day on our Songkran Bonanza event page.
On 26 April we hosted our annual fundraising event at Bliss Beach Club. This years theme was 'Mystic Mirage'. Bliss Beach club was transformed into an oasis, complete with belly dancers, a whirling dervish, henna tattoos, and ‘Cave of Wonders’ photo booth. They also feasted on Middle Eastern delights while sipping bubbly, cocktails and free flow wine. Check out the full story and have a look at all the pictures on our Mystic Mirage event page.
April, 2013: Newlyweds Jean-Claude & Kantaya Reuille
We are INCREDIBLY grateful to newlyweds Jean-Claude & Kantaya Reuille, who requested their wedding guests donate to our charity in lieu of gifts. Thanks to the Reuilles and their amazingly generous guests, these donations have totalled to OVER 400,000 BAHT!!
If you would like to ask for donations in lieu of gifts at your wedding, please let us know. We’d love to help you make it possible!
March, 2013: Birthday Party at Bliss Beach Club
On Saturday the 9th of March, some Coconut Club students whose birthdays recently passed got to enjoy an afternoon at Bliss Beach Club, where they demonstrated excellent pizza-making and stand-up paddleboarding skills!
Thank you to Bliss Beach Club, Skyla SUP Club, Watermark, TEZ Tours, the Catlin Group, and our amazing volunteers for making the party a possibility!
March, 2013: Legends Charity Music Night
On Saturday the 2nd of March, the awesome crew at Legends Bar in Kamala hosted a charity night for Phuket Has Been Good to Us. Complete with free food and live music, the event raised over 19,650 baht to help continue our free English language lessons for the students at Kamala and Kalim schools! It was a great night, and we are so appreciative of the community's support for organisation.
Would you also like to host an event for us, it is easy to get started! Find out how on our community fundraising page.
February, 2013: Laptop donation by Island Technology
Check this out! Island Technology has donated a BRAND NEW laptop to our administrative staff! We are so grateful to everyone at this very generous company for their continued support of our organisation.
February, 2013: Art Classes
We have started art classes at Coconut Club. Every Tuesday afternoon Natalia is helping our children bring out the artists in them! We are absolutely sure this will be one of the favourite activities in Coconut Club. The aim of these classes is to have high quality art projects that the children can be proud of. Who knows, we may uncover some hidden talents! Just look at this picture made last week by Boo as an early example of these efforts.
To help us complete this project to a professional level, we are looking for artists canvases to create on. If you would like to donate a canvas, please let us know!
February, 2013: New Car!
This is one of the most exciting news updates we’ve ever done: remember the Catlin Group, an underwriter of specialty property/casualty insurance and reinsurance coverages worldwide, which pledged to fully sponsor a new, beautiful and spacious car for our Foundation?? They came through and we have the car!! How amazing is that!? There are no words to describe how grateful we are and how useful this huge donation is. We all feel absolutely humbled by this act of kindness towards our children. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
February, 2013: Bliss Birthday Party
On Saturday, 2nd February 2013, we had another birthday party at Bliss Beach Club for our children! Once again, generous businesses from our community came together to provide a wonderful afternoon to the little ones! As usual, Bliss Beach Club provided the lovely venue and Chef Alex delicious pizzas; Watermark sponsored the tasty birthday cakes; TEZ Tour helped with transportation and Mid-Air Circus taught us how to juggle! We also want to extend our heart-felt thanks to our volunteers! A huge thank you to everyone who made this afternoon possible!