On Monday 2nd of September Tibor and Tim from the Mandalay Beach villas presented the Samui Learning Centre for Children with Special Needs with thirty thousand Baht.
The money was raised at the grand opening of the Mandalay Beach Villas in Bang Por next to the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel. Fifteen thousand baht was raised from a Charity Fundraising Raffle that took place at the event, prizes included: vouchers and gifts contributed by Nikki Beach Koh Samui, Nikki Beach Lifestyle Boutique, Hansgrohe-AXOR, and Mandalay Beach Villas. This amount represents a total of 150 raffle tickets sold. A further fifteen thousand baht was given by way of a cash donation by Mandalay Beach Villas.
Members of the Friends of the Special Needs School attended the presentation. The school was founded in 2009 to care for children with conditions such as Autism, Down Syndrome and other learning disabilities. The school cares for ten to twelve children from Monday to Friday each week but this number only represents around 1/3 of the children that need the sort of specialized care that the school provides.
The school only receives around B150,000 per annum and has continually struggled to maintain suitable financing in order to meet their overheads and provide the support the children need, so donations such as this from the Mandalay Beach Villas are vital.
In June 2012 the school was granted certification from The Autistic Thai Foundation Surat Thani Branch and became eligible for charity status; however this does not mean any additional funding. The friends of the special needs school continually strive to raise money for this worthy cause and events this year to raise further funds include a treasure hunt, a golfing day, a soapbox derby and the sale of calendars
The generous donation from the Mandalay Beach Villas will be split equally between two funds set up for the school, one for the day to day running costs, the other to build a new school that has been generously donated by an island resident.
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