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Phuket’s Vanderbilt Estate opens for local charity

Tim Newton

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The financial impact of Covid has been felt all around the world, with charities hit the hardest. Phuket Has Been Good To Us, who teach English for free to disadvantaged Thai children, is no exception.

Desperately in need of funds, they were hugely thankful when friends of the Foundation Mohan Murjani and Sukanya Panyalert (Khun Yui) offered to open the Vanderbilt Estate in central Phuket for a charity event. The Vanderbilt Estate has been built as a reflection of the Vanderbilt mansions built for the American family dynasty over a century ago in and around New York.

Read a bit about the Vanderbilt family and Phuket resident Mohan Murjani’s association HERE.

Phuket's Vanderbilt Estate opens for local charity | News by Thaiger

On Saturday March 26, 80 VIP guests enjoyed an exquisite afternoon tea on the spectacular lawns of the Vanderbilt Estate, with all proceeds donated to Phuket Has Been Good To Us. Beautiful artwork and fabulous boat cruises were kindly donated for live auction and a matching grant of 300,000 baht was received from Living Waters Phuket Foundation, resulting in the party raising 800,000 baht.

The money raised was almost sufficient funds for PHBGTU to employ two qualified, fluent English speakers for a year, and ensures that the charity will be there for the underprivileged children when this pandemic is behind us.

PHOTOS: Jessi Cotterill Photography

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    Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand. As founder of The Thaiger in 2016, Tim is the current English Content Manager for the company, based in their Bangkok HQ.

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