Following our announcement last week, we managed to raise 16,500BHT for victims of the Khlong Thoey fire. On Saturday we headed down to Khlong Thoey to hand over our donation, stopping en route at Second Chance Bangkok, a shop that takes in used clothing and other items to pass onto the residents of Khlong Thoey – the fire donation area has run out of space to store such items so if you have any old stuff to donate, please take it to Second Chance.
Upon arrival at the fire site, we were greeted warmly by the organisers and handed over 10,000BHT towards rebuilding the houses that were destroyed. They also invited us to wander around the site which was a scene of absolute devastation – it’s a miracle that noone was killed. Despite the mess, as is usual in Khlong Thoey nearly everyone was smiling and saying hello to us and happy for us to photograph them. You can see my gallery of photos here.
We then moved onto PAT Stadium to take part in the club’s donation activities, where we handed over the remaining 6,500BHT and were roped in for the usual photo opportunity, before taking our seats to see Port beat BBCU.
Donations are still being collected in Khlong Thoey to fund the reconstruction of the 38 houses destroyed and to feed and water the victims and those working to clear the site, so please get in touch with us if you wish to donate. Money is most important but they also need things like medical supplies, facemasks/gloves for the clearance workers, and fresh food for the site kitchen. Also I suspect they would appreciate people physically going there and helping work on the site clearance, so if you have time, please head on down there.
Big thanks to everyone who donated – we really appreciate it, as do the beneficiaries.