PHUKET: A fund-raising campaign that began in Phuket just over a week ago and spread around the globe could have saved the life of a seven-month old baby. (See stories here and here.)
Tuptim Jadngooluem – the only daughter of Rattanachai “Kru Nai”, a well known trainer at Tiger Muay Thai in Chalong – was diagnosed with a terminal liver condition known as biliary obstruction when she was three months old.
When Tuptim was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok last week suffering from internal bleeding, doctors did not offer much hope that she would see the new year.
She was in urgent need of a live-saving parental donor liver transplant – a complicated 18-hour surgery during which a portion of the parent’s liver is removed and placed inside the child.
Tuptim’s parents could not afford the 1.5 million baht for operation and faced the prospect of losing their daughter.
However, the rallying together of the Tiger Muay Thai community in Chalong saw a fund-raising committee set up to save Tuptim.
The effort soon gathered momentum and captured the imagination of the world earlier this week when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White agreed to pay for the operation.
Mr White came across a plea for donations to save Tuptim on a Mixed Martial Arts forum and confirmed he would pay the US$50,000 to cover the cost of the surgery.
The generosity of Mr White, coupled with the tireless efforts of the people at Tiger Muay Thai here in Phuket, now means Tuptim will get her operation on January 14.
So far more than US$65,000 has been raised.
The operation will be carried out by renowned Bangkok-based specialist Dr Sumate Teeraratkul, who has a better than 90 per cent success rate in performing the procedure.
Tuptim’s mother, Ms Nit, has been amazed by the number of people who have contributed to help save her daughter’s life.
“Before I had to worry about money. We have no money but me and Nai are very happy because many people have helped us and given us money to pay for everything in the hospital and pay for her surgery,” she said.
“Every time I go to see her in the ICU in hospital I hold her hand and tell her everything that has happened. I tell her about Mr White giving her big money for her surgery. I tell her she cannot die because everyone loves her in the whole world and that she is a special baby.
“This has happened so fast; in just one week we have got a new life for our baby, because without the surgery she would soon die. Everyone has worked so hard to try and get money for Tuptim. I say thank you but I know in my heart that it is not enough,” added Ms Nit.
Despite sufficient funds to cover the cost of the operation, Tuptim will require expensive medication for up to the next 10 years, so the fund raising will continue.
On Saturday evening a barbeque will be held at Tiger Muay Thai in aid of Tuptim.
People can still donate through the website SaveTupTim.yolasite.com.
— J Goyder & A Jennings
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com
In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.
But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.
Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.
In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.
The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.
By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.
Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.
You can read the full list HERE.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.
The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.
The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.
Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.
As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.
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