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Following their 3rd annual Golf Tournament at Lamai Golf and Country Club and the completion of yet another successful 2016 Calendar sales campaign the committee proudly presented their cheque for the sum of B179.028. These funds will go towards the current construction program, the progress of which is detailed towards the end of this article.
Sadly, Deputy Chairman and Co-founder of FSNSS Conor O’Leary is leaving Samui to take up a new position on Phuket at the end of January, he will be greatly missed. Conor was largely responsible for introducing the school and its needs to the Thai Hotels Association (Koh Samui), who as many of you will know are responsible for the now famous “Samui Midnight Run” and are ardent supporters of the new school building.
Also this means that the FSNSS committee is now very short of members and with such a crucial time ahead (construction is proceeding well towards its completion later this year) much work is needed with continued fund raising efforts. Anyone who is interested in joining us please contact Claudia Wilkinson – Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since its formation approx. 4 years ago the “Friends” can proudly say that they have both directly and indirectly been responsible for raising around 3 Million Baht towards the construction and running costs of the Special Needs School.
WHY SO MUCH MONEY?
We should also like to take this opportunity of explaining that besides the need for funds to build the new school ( Approx construction cost B5.5 Million ) the school itself currently has running costs of around B140K each month.
The school caters for approx. 12 – 15 students and employs six staff. Khun Dalin as Manager plus a specialist Head Teacher, Khun Bel who completed her final studies and work practice at Aberdeen University in Scotland along with two other teachers and in addition a secretary and general assistant. Their salaries amount to c B89K. Food @ B600 a day equals B12K. Rent at B17K and Social Security and Tax c B8K plus utilities and general overheads B5K. The FSNSS in conjunction with the SNS have access to the school accounts regularly and would assure all concerned that the highest standards are maintained.
CURRENT SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
As can be seen from the photograph, all internal and external rendering has now been completed along with the majority of the internal electrical wiring. The next stage will be for the ceilings to be finished and then the windows and doors to be fitted. If there is anyone out there who could assist with the Landscaping at a later stage it will be much appreciated.
Once again on behalf of The Samui Special Needs Foundation a huge “Thank you” to everyone for your past help, good luck and good health for 2016 and a wish for your continued support.