Phuket Annual Red Cross Fair 2012 sets prize at over half million baht of gold

PHUKET: The Phuket Annual Red Cross Fair 2012 is ready to rock Phuket from December 27 to January 5 as it offers more than 500,000 baht in gold as the top lucky draw prize this year, eligible to anyone who buys a ticket to support the Red Cross.

For the entirety of the 11-day festival, hundreds of stalls at Saphan Hin in Phuket Town will sell local delicacies, knickknacks, clothing and a huge variety of other items, while entertainment will be provided by some of Thailand’s top celebrities.

“On December 27, there will be a ceremony to honor HRH Admiral Abhakara Kiartiwongse, Prince of Chumphon and the ‘Father of Royal Thai Navy’,” Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut explained when announcing the dates of the fair.

The grand opening will be at the central stage at Saphan Hin on December 28, starting at 6pm.

However, that draw for the grand prize of a gold bar worth about 502,000 baht will not be until the closing day, on January 5.

Other draws on January 5 will be for the second prize: a gold bar worth about 251,000; third prize: a gold bar worth about 125,000; and prizes four through six, which are all gold necklaces worth about 25,000 baht, said Governor Maitri.

Last year’s top prize was a Honda City car worth about 590,000 baht and was won by Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority officer Prasut Ruengjiradthien.

“I support the Red Cross by buying Red Cross raffle tickets every year,” Mr Prasut said on the day he was handed over the car keys.

Any government departments, private businesses or local organizations that would like to support the fair by providing lucky draw prizes are welcome to make donations at the Phuket Red Cross office, Gov Maitri said.

— Chutharat Plerin

Phuket News
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