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The founding member of Koh Samui Hill Walks: Desmon Gillet turned 75 on Monday 14th August.
A long term resident of the island of Koh Samui (over 12 years), Des is an ardent walker (his only means of transportation)
Known as “The Walker” Des is known by ALL on our Island and with over 350 Hill walks under his belt, credit for mapping all of the mountain trails linking the various vilages as well as the record for the most circumnavigations of the Island – Ring Road Walks (53klms in about 8hours) – at 75 still going strong.
Des celebrated his birthday with friends one of whom said
Happy 75th Des! This man goes out of his way to help stop the effects of enormous injustice to those that need it, and don’t have the means. He has organised the most famous walking group on the islands for yonks. He is always there for a chat, a drink, or a sport or political rant. But mostly, he’s a bloody top bloke, that would go out of his way for anyone, and if you don’t need that, he’ll be a fabulous friend, drinking buddy, and conversationalist. He’s a star. And I hope to celebrate many more with him!