24 December 2009 – On New Year’s Eve, 31st December 2009 the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation holds turtle release to celebrate the New Year and to raise funds for the care of Sea turtles. In Thailand, turtle release has been a traditional way of merit making for a good long life and brings all luck. Most of the Thais has this tradition for all occasions, such as on birthdays, on auspicious occasions as well as when life is not going so well because the turtles are the symbols of patience and wisdom.
All of turtles come from hatchery program by Royal Navy. The ceremony is organized by Mai Khao Sub district Administration Organization, Suan Ma Prao community and Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, sponsored by JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club, Marriott Mai Khao Beach, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa and Sala Phuket hotel.
The ceremony will take place at Mai Khao Beach in front of Pru Jeh Son. The donation of 2,000 Baht to release each turtle will go to Hatchery program by Royal Navy and Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation activity to protect & save the injured turtles and our precious environment. Please be informed that we only have 50 turtles to release and it will be first come first serve.
The program is as follows:
08:30 – 09:00 Buddhist ceremony (Alms can be purchased at Siam Deli)
09:00 – 10:00 Turtle Release
10:00 – 12:00 Tree planting
For more information and to reserve your turtle in advance, contact Khun Khemwalai (Aim) on 086 689 2230 or firstname.lastname@example.org