An annual tradition in Scotland that is celebrated by expat Scot’s and their friends and families all over the world came to Phuket this year and raised almost half a million baht for the Phuket has Been Good to us Foundation.
The Burn’s Supper is recognized internationally each year on January 25th, which is famous Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday.
“The money we raised is enough to pay a teacher’s salary for one whole year,” said Tina Hall, director of operations for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation. “We couldn’t have done it without the support of our amazing volunteers and the local business who continue to support our initiatives throughout the year.”
This year, the Burns Supper in Phuket was held at the Pullman Phuket Arcadia. It was attended by an enthusiastic group of almost 100 supporters, including special guest, Martin Carpenter, the British Honorary Consul.
Sponsors for the event included: Pullman Phuket Arcadia, Worldlennium Graphic Design & Printing; Novosti Phuketa and Live 89.5; BB&B and Andaman Wine Club sponsored the wine; TEZ Tour, Fragola Creations and Topwell Property Phuket sponsored the Moët & Chandon Champagne; Glenmorangie sponsored the whisky; and Lemongrass House provided gifts for the ladies.
It was an elegant formal evening with many attendees sporting traditional highland dress. All enjoyed a five-course meal, including the traditional Haggis, which was piped in as required, and Angus steak. The meal was accompanied by the mandatory address and toast to the haggis, the ode to the Immortal Memory of the poet, the toast to the lassies and the lassies’ reply.
The evening’s entertainment included dancing to music by DJ Doris and a little competitive bidding on both live and silent auctions, as well as a raffle draw.
“All the money we raise from events and other donations goes to continuing our efforts in providing free English classes to over 900 Thai children in two local government schools,” said Hall.
Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation is a Thai registered charity, which aims to foster vocational opportunities for Thai children through English. English is taught to more than 900 children in two government schools in Phuket, including 150 orphans who reside at the school. The goal is to provide the best possible English language education by placing qualified, fluent English speaking teachers in classrooms. The programs help Thai youth become capable and confident English speakers so that they can secure well-paid employment.
To find out more about the amazing work the Foundation’s teachers and volunteers are doing please visit the website http://www.phukethasbeengoodtous.org or like the Phuket Has Been Good to Us Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/phukethasbeengoodtous.
Image courtesy of Max Tiverne