Pattaya mayor donates 100,000 baht of his own money to fix children’s playground

Mayor Sontaya

The mayor of Pattaya attended a ceremony on Koh Larn on Monday to present a children’s playground on the island fixed and refurbished. The mayor donated 100,000 baht of his own money to the project, calling it a ‘gift’ to the children of Koh Larn. The mayor, Sontaya Khunpluem, said many children on the island don’t have the same entertainment and resources that kids in mainland Pattaya have.

Local media said the playground, before it was refurbished, used to be falling apart. It was eight by ten meters in size. Sontaya said he decided to donate his own money because he knew the request process for funding for the playground would take time.

The playground isn’t the only structure on Koh Larn that needs updating. Sontaya also plans to fix the walkway, roof and railings on the island’s main pier.

Last month, a the railing of another wooden pier on Koh Larn broke. Four Thai tourists who had been leaning against the railing were injured when they fell onto the rocks around two metres below. The four were posing for a photo. One of them had a stroke, Thai media reported. Another was suffered a serious head injury. The authorities visited all of the patients to offer compensation of 5,000 baht for each, but one relative shared that the money wasn’t enough.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News | Pattaya Mail

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.