Linens For Life Launch

The Phuket Community Foundation (PCF) on Saturday December 3 launched its latest cooperative project, Linens for Life. Mrs. Mookda Limnukul from the Division of Community Development opened the ceremony.
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The project, in association with the Accor Group of hotels, Sealed Air/Diversey of Singapore and the Kankaeha Rassada Credit Union (CU), takes used linens such as sheets, towels and uniforms from the hotels and converts them into clothing and bags.

The work is done by people from the local Rassada Community, thereby providing them with a source of revenue.

Stefan Phang, corporate social responsibility director of  Sealed Air/Diversey, which makes a variety of cleaning materials and food packaging,provided funding to buy three industrial-weight sewing machines and local people in Rassada have been making bags and clothing over the past few weeks in anticipation of the launch.

Representatives of the 4 partners

Representatives of the 4 partners

Sewing Instruction

Sewing Instruction

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the clothing, including dresses and shirts, along with bags, was displayed during the launch at the CU, with a fashion show, followed by an auction that raised B8,500 for the project. The “Buzz”generated by the surprise auction led to some lively bidding.

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Bags For Sale

Bags For Sale

Bags For Sale

 

 

 

 

The Linens for Life launch follows that of Soap for Hope in March this year, involving the same four partners.

The local people involved in Soap for Hope take used soap from Accor hotels, clean the soap bars using cleaning products from Diversey, chop them up, add natural ingredients for perfume, and press them into attractive new cakes of soap, which have been selling well in Phuket. Accor hotels have already bought more than a thousand cakes.

The CU is providing space for both projects at its spacious office building in Rassada.

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Anyone wishing to enquire about buying soap, clothing or bags from the two projects can call Cindy Ratcliffe, the PCF’s manager, at 088 768 0650 or can email the PCF at talk-to-us@phuketcharity.org

 

 

 

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12 2016

Planet 21 Day At Novotel Vintage Park Resort

The Novotel Vintage Park Resort hosted the Planet 21 Soap For Hope demonstration by The Phuket Community Foundation and Credit Union housewives occupation group on April 21st. Many of the resort guests and members of the press had a go at recycling the soap and mixing local organic products to create new bars of soap. Some of the guests became inventive with their ingredients and even added coffee to their soap.

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Just like my cooking!

Just like my cooking!

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05 2016

Born Free To Run Celebrates Another Year of Victories

Thanyapura Phuket hosted a celebration of the Born Free To Run team’s past year of victories. The team trains and practices at the World class facilities provided by Thanyapura. What started as a grass roots running club with one athlete being given a pair of running shoes to follow “Ricky” Ekkerat Punthip, the coach, has grown into a club with more than 50 members.  Thanks to a grant from the Phuket Community Foundation and the support of Thanyapura, the athletes in the Born Free ro Run club have an opportunity to train alongside world class athlets in swimming, cycling and running. These athletes come from rural areas around Phuket and would otherwise not have the means to train in running and multisports. The team’s motto “Rain Or Shine We run” has led them to win podium positions in every race they enter, locally, nationally and most recently internationally. The team broght home 4 trophies from the Powerman Malasia Duathlon last month.

Born Free To Run at Thanyapura

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Powerman

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04 2016

Soap For Hope Launch In Phuket

The official “Soap for Hope” launch in Phuket took place on Saturday March 5th, at the Credit Union Bank, Rassada in Phuket Town.

This project is a joint partnership between the Phuket Community Foundation, Diversey/Sealed Air, AccorHotels Southern Thailand & the Credit Union Phuket Branch.

Representatives of the four partners with the Deputy Governor of Phuket

Representatives of the four partners with the Deputy Governor of Phuket

The program’s objective is three-fold: to save lives by promoting a cleaner and healthier environment through proper hand-washing with soap;  to provide a means of livelihood for local communities through learning a new skill; and to help hotels reduce waste by recycling used or discarded soap. Once used soap is collected from the hotels, it is transported to local communities and the local people re-process the soap using a specially customized cold-press method that requires no running water and electricity. The reconstituted soap bars are then distributed to communities that have limited access to basic hygiene amenities.

A typical 400-room hotel generates 3.5 metric tons of solid soap waste per year. Hand-washing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal and respiratory diseases in developing regions. Soap for Hope addresses waste reduction and hygiene enhancement at the same time, while also generating livelihoods for local communities.

Cleaning used soap

Cleaning used soap

Sanitizing soap

Sanitizing soap

Adding Scents and colour from natural ingredients

Adding Scents and colour from natural ingredients

Pressing the soap

Pressing the soap

The final product

The final product

Deputy Governor proudly displays his soap

Deputy Governor proudly displays his soap

Stefan Phang from Sealed Air company helps local children to make soap

Children making soap with Stefan

Wrapped soap

Wrapped soap

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03 2016

Born Free To Run Team On A Winning Streak

The Born Free To Run team had a great turnout for the Mai Khao Turtle Run and the Starwood Run To Give. Not only winning trophies for their running but also for fancy costume in the Starwood race.

Mai Khao Turtle Run

Mai Khao Turtle Run

Starwood

Starwood

1st Prize for Fancy Dress

1st Prize for Fancy Dress

Born Free Devils

Born Free Devils

 

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