PHUKET: Laguna Phuket recently hosted the Children First Charity Event, where they raised more than 1.55 million Baht towards the Children First Fund, which helps several orphanages in Phuket.

Celebrating Banyan Tree Group’s 25 anniversary in September 2019, Laguna Phuket, home of world’s first Banyan Tree resort, in collaboration with the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket and Kao Kon La Kao Foundation, hosted a series of fundraising activities, Children First Charity Event (CFCE), during September 21 to 23, and raised more than 1.55 million baht towards Children First Fund (CFF) in support of seven orphanages in Phuket, housing more than 400 orphans and underprivileged children.

On Saturday, September 21, a charity journey from day into night, under the theme Swing for Good, was organized where more than 90 golfers participated in a fun golf tournament throughout the day. The golfers then sit back and unwind in a unique Battle of the Chefs charity dinner gourmet experience at Angsana Ballroom, Angsana Laguna Phuket. Joined by almost a hundred charity dinner guests, the evening saw a total of 180 charity diners who collectively raised 1.4 million Baht through proceeds from dinner tickets, raffles, live and silent auctions.

On Monday, September 23, a Children First Charity Football Matchwas held at Bangtao Stadium, Baan Bangtao School, featuring a friendly match between footballers from Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Group and Kao Kon La Kao Foundation, the resort’s charity partner. The charity football raised another 140,000 Baht to CFF (80,000 Baht from Phuket hotels’ entries to the football tournament, 30,000 Baht from live auction for Kao’s founder, K. Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai’s football shoes, and another 30,000 Baht cash donation from K. Toon himself to match the auction winner’s bid.

Laguna Phuket’s Managing Director, Ravi Chandran, said “As a member of Phuket community, Laguna Phuket has been doing our part in developing a sustainable community since the resort’s establishment some 30 years ago. Children First Fund and Children First Charity Events are a couple of the newer initiatives added to a long list of our sustainability efforts.”

“I would like to thank all our event partners, sponsors, donors and guests for your kind and generous contribution that will keep Children First Fund going for at least one full year. Thanks also go to many other leading organizations like the Phuket Hotels Association, The Rotary Club of Patong Beach, Phuket Has Been Good to Us, The Life Home Project, to name only a few, who are vital in spearheading various charitable projects that help improve the livelihood of the people in Phuket,” he concluded.

CFCE also feature an impressive list of prize items generously donated for online auction by leading hospitality and tourism operators from Phuket, Thailand and around the world. CFCE’s Online Auction features stellar prize items such as 5-star hotel stays, accommodation package, memberships to leading golf and sport clubs, cruise, tours, spas, golf green fees, tickets to water parks and many more lifestyle activities. All are on offer at amazing bidding prices to guarantee best deals for kind bidders.

Online Auction is now open at www.lagunaphuket.com/online-auction until Thursday, October 10, 2019.