Media coverage 2012

November, 2012: Phuket News, Railand - Island of Childhood

Last Sunday, 11 November, the Russian community in Phuket hosted the inaugural ‘Island of Childhood’ event and Phuket Has Been Good To Us was their charity of choice! Families gathered at Nai Harn for a day of fun and entertainment. Kindergartens hosted activity stations for children including trampoline jumping and face-painting and magic shows. The attendees were very generous and contributed with donations (which amounted to over 60,000 baht!) as well as with gifts for the children. A huge thank you to the organisers and to the whole Russian community for coming together and helping our children so generously!

August, 2012: Phuket E-Magazine - Underprivileged children tee off

Adventure Mini Golf, Bang Tao, opened their fairways to the underprivileged children of Kamala, yesterday August 15. Twelve children aged 11 and 12 from Kamala School, shot a free round of mini golf yesterday, just for the fun of it.

Tournament champion was Beam, aged 12. She has never played golf before and shot a 49 over the full 18 holes. Over time, Adventure Mini Golf wants all the students of Coconut Club to have the experience of playing min golf. Read the story online.

July, 2012: The Phuket News, Phuket E-Magazine, My Destination Phuket - Monthly Charity Quiz
Keen to find out if you are ‘Phuket’s Most Smartest’? Aussie Pub is hosting a monthly charity pub quiz in support of us! Come down every last monday of the month and test your skills and have a drink while making a difference to the lives of children.

You can read our full press release online via the following links; The Phuket NewsPhuket E-Magazine and My Destination Phuket.

July, 2012: Property Report - English language, the competitiveness of Thailand and real estate 

By Desmond Hughes - supporter of the foundation 

Most of the articles I have written over the last decade focus on the positive aspects, or positive ways to approach real estate and law in Thailand. It is on rare occasions that I will focus on a negative point, as I believe negativity is contagious. In order to write this piece on a topic I feel strongly about, I have had to try hard in order to make the theme forward thinking and positive, whilst linking the origins of thought to a negative experience that I believe many consumers in the real estate market in Thailand have shared. Here goes…

Recently, I encountered a stubbornness, an unwillingness to compromise, and even charitably speaking, an ignorance that caused me to suspect that quite simple changes could be made to improve developers’ competitiveness, and the experience of consumers – Thai and foreign, in the real estate sector in Thailand. And this issue all related to one issue – English.

July, 2012: - Foundation's Swim Program

Three years ago a swimming program was introduced at Kamala school when local children claimed that their idea of a perfect holiday was to go swimming at the beach, yet many of them didn’t know how to swim. That’s when the Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation began offering swimming lessons to the students in the after school program, in addition to the English lessons the organisation was already providing.

“Children all over the world love to go to the beach and run straight into the water – but the ocean in Phuket can be extremely dangerous,” said Tina Hall, Director of Operations at the Foundation. “Our aim is to ensure that all residential students at Kamala school can swim; so that a trip to the beach is a safe, happy experience.” Continue reading the story online

May, 2012: Phuket News - Coconut Club classes are back in session

Classes are once again back in session for orphaned and impoverished children from the Rajaprachanukroh 36 School in Kamala and the Baan Kalim School. From Monday - Thursday and on Saturday afternoons, the Coconut Club run by the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation offers plenty of fun games, and activities, all conducted in English for the 120 or more children.

Angela McNoe who has recently moved to Phuket from New Zealand, said that one of the benefits of such a scheme was the relaxed setting. 
The aim of Coconut Club is to enhance the employment opportunities of our students, through knowledge of and confidence in English language. It enables the children to practise their conversational English, is a more relaxed social environment.

Read the full article online 

May, 2012: Phuket News - Pangporn wins Colouring Contest

Pangporn, age 8, from Kamala school wins the weekly Phuket News Colouring Contest with his excellent work. He coloured in the drawing of a temple with great detail and used lots of beautiful colours. Great work Pangporn!

May, 2012: Base FM - From the music industry to charity work

Angela our new Coconut Club Coordinator/volunteer teacher has written a little article for Base FM in Auckland, New Zealand. She can't wait to meet you all at Coconut Club.

March, 2012: Phuket Gazette - Surviving Kamala

Indola, a major hair care company from Australia, took their hair salon clients overseas on an adventurous trip to Phuket. One of the activities during their trip was a day of survivor challenges with the kids from the Rajaprachanukroh 36 School in Kamala, for team building and cross cultural activities organised by Coral Seekers. There was a group of 60 students who were divided into teams with partners from the Indola Incentive group. The survivor games were aimed at bringing the students together to communicate and co-operate with one another giving all participants a new and exciting experience. Joining in the day’s fun were the staff of the Phuket Has Been Good to Us foundation.

The Rajaprachanukroh 36 School received a 30.000 baht check from Indola Hair Care to repair the water filtration system and the foundation received great gifts.

February, 2012: Phuket News – Ef wins The Phuket News weekly colouring competition
This week congratulations go to Ef, age 10, from the Phuket Has Been Good To Us foundation, who won because: “Ef’s work is neat yet quite freely coloured with most spaces all filled in. There is also very good colour harmony. Really well done.” 

February, 2012: Phuket News – Singing for the stars
Soprano singer Julie-Anne Hunter was back in Phuket and performed at the British International School on the 16th of February to raise funds for Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation. In a Starlight Soiree she sang songs by Italian opera-composer Giacomo Puccini, Andrew Lloyd Webber, George Gershwin, Mozart and Schubert. The previous week she also performed for excited students at Kalim School. 

The Phuket news was one of the sponsors and covered the event. You can read both articles online, article 1 and article 2.

January, 2012: Phuket News – Congratulations Nai!

Nai (Jareun Pheusuwan), 12, has won the annual Phuket News’ Kids Art prize for 2011 with his beautiful painting he submitted in the November's edition of the competition.

The Phuket News says about Nai’s work: “The winning work shows that the young artist enjoyed being free just to paint and draw. He didn’t need to try to keep to the likeness of things so was then able to explore lines and blobs of colours and the way they fit best together for the eye. The resulting image can be seen as an impression of his surroundings in Ka­mala, where some of the classrooms look straight out onto the beach and the sea waves beyond.”

Nai can expect to soon be soaring into the sky on a paraglider, accompanied by staff of the Andaman Hori­zon who are providing the exciting prize. Great work Nai, we are all very proud of you!