KARON BEACH: The Lions Club of Phuket Pearl raised 600,000 baht for the Child-Watch Phuket charity during its “Ray of Hope” Gala Dinner on October 9 at the Phuket Arcadia Hotel. The money came from the sale of dinner tickets, raffle tickets, and auctions. Vilaiwan Dienel, President of Lions Pearl, said, “It is a worldwide Lions tradition to honor the founder, Melvin Jones, on Lions Day of each year by carrying out a special humanitarian project. This year, the theme for Lions projects has been children. Child-Watch was chosen for its particular focus on children in need.” Child-Watch Phuket helps children who have been abused, either sexually or physically, or who are deprived of a normal, decent childhood, regardless of nationality. Dr Supaluck Methakul, president of Child-Watch Phuket, explained that the funds would go into the running of projects such as a daycare center behind the Phuket Prison, a safe house in Kathu, and the organization’s Rawai training center.
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