PHUKET: This weekend Royal Phuket Marina (click here for map: RPM) will be thronged with an extravaganza of fabulous food, fun and games for the kids and then later in the evening, superb music from The Legends of Siam, Moderndog and the internationally famous bluesmen from Australia Vdelli.
As if all this wasn’t enough to make this one of Phuket’s most exciting, “must go” events ever, the whole day is being staged by Jagota Foods, RPM and sponsored by the TAT, Channel 3 and the Phuket Gazette to raise valuable funds for the Andaman region’s less fortunate kids. What more could you want than to have the greatest day out and all for a good cause? It’s the ultimate win-win-win situation.
Starting at 10:30am through until 5pm, the Family and Gourmet Food Festival will take over the gorgeous “Boardwalk” at RPM, which surrounds the yacht basin in which million dollar luxury craft are moored. Parents and kids will have a whale of a time with fun-packed kids’ rides, games, activities and a huge selection of fabulous food stations all prepared by Phuket’s best chefs. Children from orphanages will also be picked up and brought in to enjoy this wonderful day, while two well known Phuketians – the famous Birdman with the Flying Suit, Jari Kuosma, and world renowned stuntman Ian Jamieson will be on hand to greet visitors.
The admission fee is 100 baht for adults with which you receive 100 baht worth of redeemable vouchers and all the kids get in for free.
Starting at 6pm and running late into the evening a hot rocking musical concert will kick off with terrific local and international bands. The night is headlined by Australian blues band Vdelli who have toured with BB King, Buddy Guy and ZZ Top and who are visiting Phuket for the first time. They will be supported in explosive style by alternative Thai band Moderndog Phuket’s teenage sensations The Legends of Siam.
More gourmet food from the assembled chefs will accompany the music far into the evening and this section of the event will cost 900 baht each, including one free drink, or 3,000 baht for VIP tickets which includes all food and drink.
The cuisine will be a standout part of this fabulous day, with a wide selection of fresh oysters, cold cuts and cheese, BBQ, a
selection of Thai dishes, hot dogs, sausages, Lady Pie pies, kebabs and wraps and desserts of bakery and crepes, ice cream and candy cup cakes. All this will be prepared and served by many of Phuket’s top chefs who will be on hand throughout the event.
The kids are going to have a wild time with an exhilarating selection of rides and games including the dynamic Euro Bungee Jump, High Sheep Climbing, Hand Spin Boats, Giant Rolling Waterballs, Little Girls’ Falls Foam plus wandering clowns, face painting, jugglers and heaps more to keep even the most energetic kids entertained all day.
The day will undoubtedly be one of the fabulous events in the Phuket calendar whatever your age and whether you come just during the day, or turn up for the bands in the evening….or stay all throughout the day and long into the evening. In addition to great fun, food and entertainment all this is being done to raise funds for some of the Andaman’s most important kids’ charities, orphanages and institutions.
The funds raised will be distributed in the most transparent and openly-publicized way by a committee comprised of the Governor and Vice Governor of Phuket Province, plus representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Authority of Thailand, a top local legal firm and ten General Managers from Jagota, participating Hotels plus the Executive Chefs.
The organizers of this magnificent event are very concerned that everyone knows very clearly how much has been raised and how the funds are distributed in order to do give best possible help to the disadvantaged kids of our region. Hence, the Gazette will publicize the total funds raised and the charities to which they are being distributed on Friday February 16 and all distributions and accounting will be handled by a highly placed independent local accountancy firm.
This event for everyone is most definitely not to be missed!
Tickets can be reserved at 082-790 5141, 083-182 8460 (English speaking) and 076-273 555 (Thai Speaking) and will also be on sale at the gate.
This event is proudly sponsored by the Phuket Gazette, PGTV and the nationally televised Phuket Today show on UBC/True Visions. The half-hour show runs six times a day, seven days a week, on channel 99.
For more information please visit: thailandcharityevent.com.
— Baz Daniel
‘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.
21% of Thai teenagers are gambling
PHOTO: Gambling, local style, Rai Et, north-east Thailand – Pinterest
Early in October the Thai Health Promotion Foundation met to discuss the gambling situation in Thailand in 2019. Also present were the Centre for Gambling Studies, Stop Gambling Foundation and related groups.
The meeting was set up after a report revealed that more than half (57%) of the Thai population, or 30.42 million people, gamble. The director-general of the Centre for Gambling Studies at Chulalongkorn University shared the report, which was based on data from a survey of 44,050 people across 77 provinces.
The figure is an increase of 1.49 million people from 2017. While most Thai gamblers are of working age, 2.4% of the total were aged between 15-18 years. This means that 21% of that age group are gambling.
According to California’s Council on Problem Gambling, youth, like everyone else, gamble for many reasons, including entertainment; socialisation; competition; loneliness, and boredom; to get rich quick; to impress others; be the centre of attention; make new friends, and because winning provides an instant, temporary boost of confidence.
“The California Council on Problem Gambling lists depression as one reason youth turn to gambling, noting that depression can just as easily be an effect as a cause. This is especially important to note in a country like Thailand.”
In an article in The ASEAN Post, it was noted that in December 2017, Thailand’s Department of Mental Health (DMH) reported that an estimated one million teenagers are believed to suffer from depression, many of whom go untreated, with two million more are at risk, making upward of three million among a population of eight million teens then.
The DMH said that stress and anxiety may affect a student’s ability to concentrate and perform well at school, and they may show several warning signs, such as lack of attention, loss of interest in daily activities, lethargy, sadness, and sleeping issues.
“It is clear from studies that depression and gambling go hand-in-hand: the unfortunate case in Thailand is that it is affecting children too.”
SOURCE: The ASEAN Post
Professor: Military government too interested in tourism – not people’s welfare
A professor of Rangsit University has criticised the previous military government for focusing too much on tourism and not enough on the welfare of the Thai people. The professor was speaking at Chulalongkorn University at a seminar discussing street stalls and urban development.
She questioned the National Council for Peace and Order’s policy of clearing street vendors in all but a few areas such as Yaowarat and Khao San Road that mainly cater to tourists.
She claimed that the NCPO – in power since the coup of 2014 until this year’s election – was more interested in economic development through tourism than in the welfare of the public.
Having affordable street food options was not just about tourism, she said, it was vital for poor workers who have migrated from the countryside, adding that it was part of an informal rather than a formal economy.
“For years people had earned their living from selling goods and services, including food, on the streets.”
This in turn provided an affordable option to eat for workers who came to Bangkok on for large investment projects. The issue, she said, was not just about tourism but the wider economy that might benefit.
The professor noted that CNN had once called Bangkok the best place in the world for street food but this had changed with the sanitized food trucks that have appeared since stalls and vendors were banned from most areas.
The Thaiger notes that banning street vendors has divided the capital. Many are happy that the sidewalks are easier to navigate, but others – including tourists – have said that the lifeblood and character of the city has suffered.
SOURCE: Naew Na | ThaiVisa Forum
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