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WICHIT: Muang District Chief Wisit Kurattanavate today officially opened Phuket’s first “Toy Library”, which has been set up at the childcare center at Wat Thepnimit on Chao Fa East Rd.

Organized by the Phuket Community Foundation (PCF), Phuket International Hospital (PIH) and Wichit Municipality, which is responsible for the government-run childcare center, the toy library aims to give underprivileged children the chance to play with toys they otherwise would not be able to enjoy as they come from poor families.

Khun Wisit said, “The toy library has toys and kids’ books donated by both Phuket people and foreigners. The project also includes storytelling for kids.

“All of this is very nice for our children. I would like to thank all the government officers involved, as well as the Van Leer Group Foundation, businesspeople and other people involved,” he said.

Rien van Gendt, Executive Director of Netherlands-based Van Leer Group Foundation, the major fund provider for the project, returned the compliment, saying, “I’d like to thank the Phuket Community Foundation, Phuket International Hospital and Wichit Municipality for such a nice project that’s really good for the children.”

PCF President Niyom Tassaneetipakorn said, “This library will help children develop their creativity and learn to socialize. As the library has only just opened, children cannot borrow the toys and take them home just yet – even though that is the ultimate goal of this project. For now, we are still inviting donations of toys and kids’ books.”

The toy library is open daily from 7 am to 8:30 am, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Donations of toys or childrens’ books may be dropped off at the PIH reception desk or given to PIH Marketing Manager Piyarat Kulvanich or any member of her team.

Naturally, a constant flow of donated toys will be required to replace those that break or wear out. Commitments from donors willing to underwrite a replacement program are also welcome.

For more information, contact PCF Office Manager Jeerapat “Ann” Muadtip (Tel: 084-4428004, Email: [email protected]) or Ajarn Pranee Sakulpipatana (Tel: 081-6933576, Email: [email protected]).

While the children were delving into the new toy boxes, students from Phuket Technology College were replacing broken motorbike taillights for free at the entrance to Wat Thepnimit in another PCF project to help save lives on Phuket roads.

This is the second time the PCF has organized the free-taillight project. The first time was in front of Surakul Stadium in November last year. Others involved in the free taillight project are Wichit Municipality, AR Holding Co Ltd, Ruampong Motor Co Ltd, South West Suzuki and Numsang Co Ltd.



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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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Danish tourist dies in Phuket road accident

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A male Danish tourist, driving a motorbike, has died after colliding with a truck in front of a market in Kathu.

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Phra Phuket Keaw Road in front of the new outdoor Vintage Market in Kathu at 3am yesterday morning.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the U-turn to find the truck and driver waiting. The driver of the truck was 36 year old Sontaya Suchata waiting in the middle of the U-turn area.

Nearby they found a damaged Honda PCX and 51 year old Claus Pathuel Jensen, a Danish national from Glostrup. He was found unconscious under the truck. He was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police report that the truck was going to take a U-turn outside the market area. The truck driver says he was unaware that Mr Jensen was coming from behind in the right lane. The motorbike was unable to avoid the collision with the truck and Mr Jensen PCX ploughed into the rear of the vehicle.

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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