For the past two years under the Presidency of Jeffrey Martin, Rotary Club of Koh Samui has been raising funds for the building of a new Special Needs School in Samui. This project has been many years in the making, and has to deal with many hurdles along the way. But in spite of that, there are many organisations in Koh Samui fully behind the project, and numerous fundraising events have taken place on the island to further its cause. The most recent of these is the Samui Charity Regatta which took place on Saturday 4th April on the waters off Bangrak. The event was supported by many yacht crews keen to show their paces, and the ‘apres regatta’ party at Secret Garden was also well attended. Attendees were excited by the many raffle prizes and auction items and they spent freely in the hope of winning!
Members of Rotary Club were there in support, as the Club is already in the process of providing building materials for the new school, rapidly rising from its foundations on the site near the Airport. The Club had already purchased all the materials necessary for the roof, including guttering and down pipes, to help the school with water collection during rainy periods. The Club were then asked if it could provide the windows and doors needed, but sadly, remaining funds fell short of the total needed.
Following the success of the Regatta, David and Claudia Wilkinson, the Chairman and Secretary of the Friends of Special Needs School Samui, were invited to return to Secret Garden on Sunday 12th April to receive a cheque from the Regatta organisers.They already knew that the proceeds from the Regatta were to be shared with the Sunshine Orphanage in Mae Sot. During discussions between Friends of Special Needs and Rotary it was suggested that a collaboration between the two organisations could provide the sum needed for the windows and doors. Friends of SNSS and Rotary members were delighted when the cheque received from Jake Robinson, a major sponsor of the Regatta, more than covered the sum needed, for 291,600. The Sunshine Orphanage gratefully received a cheque for 97,200 baht.
The Samui 2015 Charity Regatta was kindly sponsored by Koh Samui Construction, Secret Garden, Salt Bophut Boutique Apartments, Poppies Samui, Boutique Yachting, Rock Salt Restaurant and Toast Wedding & Events Catering
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