Connect with us

Thai Life

Phuket lifestyle: Lions Club of Phuket Pearl to present ‘A Ray of Hope’



PHUKET: The Lions Club of Phuket Pearl probably support a wider number of local charities than anyone else. Founded in 1991, the original members were women who called themselves the Lionesses of Phuket until they received permission from the International Lions Club that they too could be Lions. Now they have invited men to join them.

“We formed the Lions Club as a group of women who wanted to contribute to the welfare of the less fortunate on Phuket. We did not want to be a social club, but one that would be of service to those who do not benefit from the healthy local economy,” states founding member Adrienne Tusoni.

Their motto is ‘We Serve’. And serve they do. Over the past 20 years, the Lions Club of Phuket Pearl have sponsored and supported many worthwhile projects including the Phuket Association of the Disabled. Dr Siripon Seewatanakul, another founding member, has practiced paediatric medicine on Phuket for 29 years. She was the founding chairperson for the Association for the Disabled.

“There are over a thousand disabled people registered on the island as having disabilities which prevent them from working. At one time we renovated a government building to provide training such as massage for the blind and computer training for the hearing impaired. The Lions Club of Phuket Pearl provides valuable assistance to keep these programs in operation.”

Another program supported by the club is therapy for the more than 200 registered autistic people. The club has provided time in a hyperbaric chamber at Vachira Hospital that has allowed a young Thai student to function in school.

“The therapy in the hyperbaric chamber has been impressive but expensive. We have been able to help a four-year-old boy who required 40 hours of therapy at 1,300 Baht an hour. And we have over 200 autistic children in need,” Dr Siriporn continued. The club has also been a big supporter of Phuket’s Sunshine Village which helps underprivileged children and those who lost family during the 2004 tsunami.

Dr Supaluck Kanchanamethakul, an active supporter of programs to help children, is also a member and a founder of Childwatch which provides protection for all children at risk regardless of nationality.

The fund raising chairman and membership director of Lions Club Phuket Pearl, Esmeralda Paya, can most often be found at her Dream Gallery at the Boat Lagoon. But she spends much of her time planning fund raising events for the club.

“This year we will have a fun event on March 24 at the Royal Phuket Marina. Starting at 7pm, we are inviting the community to an evening of Thai culture with a fashion show of traditional Ya Ya dresses, zumba dancing, a performance by children from the Phuket Sunshine Village, a live jazz band and beautiful food and drink. It will all be happening on the boardwalk where guests can bid on hotel stays and wonderful gifts in a silent auction,” Esmeralda explained.

The Phuket Gazette is a sponsor of the Lions Club Phuket Pearl event at the Royal Phuket Marina.

To support the charities of the Lions Club Phuket Pearl, you can contact Wanida Hongyok for tickets or donations at 086 954 4389 or Esmeralda Paya at 087 887 9672.

— Bruce Stanley


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Travel6 hours ago

Where to find underrated international cuisines in Bangkok

Bangkok7 hours ago

Chinatown manhole covers to use art, tech to become cultural map

Transport8 hours ago

Man fights Indian Railways for 22 years for justice (and 9 baht)

Events10 hours ago

Tourism Minister visits Full Moon Party, supports later curfew

Crime10 hours ago

Thais cautioned against fake government websites

Thailand11 hours ago

Another Thai boxer dies from brain injury after fight in Malaysia

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand12 hours ago

Expats in Thailand, Cartoon characters & Letting Loose | Thaiger Bites

Pattaya12 hours ago

VIDEO: Young Thais have a blast at Pattaya Music Festival weekend 2

Pollution13 hours ago

Anti-Corruption Network complains of smelly wastewater in coastal Thai province

Weather13 hours ago

Flooding from overflowing rivers soaks Chiang Rai and the border

Phuket14 hours ago

Phuket police nab 3,373 meth pills from 5 suspects

Pattaya16 hours ago

Pattaya night club owner gives free meals on Thai Mother’s Day

Thailand17 hours ago

Current Thailand Visa Options for Digital Nomads

Central Thailand17 hours ago

Police find fake Covid-19 tests worth millions in central Thailand

World18 hours ago

UPDATE: Rushdie is talking again, attacker pleads not guilty

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11