More Trophies For Born Free To Run Team

The Phuket Community Foundation sponsored Born Free To Run Team had a month of successes during August. They won more than twenty trophies in the Patong, Cherng Talay and Rassada races. Ricky, the coach also won the Duathlon race at Hua Hin. The team wore their running shirts sponsored by PCF and Thanyapura.

The Born Free To Run team at Patong race.

Ricky receiving the winner’s trophy at Hua Hin.

Born Free To Run has a new team member, Dom. He is 14  and he has a gift for running. He and Yut will go to race as Phuket athletes at the regional race in Trang this October. If their results are in top 3, they will be eligible to attend in national-level races later.



09 2014

More Triumphs For Born Free To Run

The Born Free To Run team continues to win many trophies in local events. In the Laguna Phuket International Marathon on June 8th Ricky Phanthip came first in his category and the young athlete, Yut, came first in the kids run. All of the team members did well and those who ran the full 42 km marathon for the first time finished in under 4hrs.

Ricky at the finish line

Yut winning her race

The team wore new running vests sponsored by PCF and Thanyapura.  The vests are also for sale and the proceeds will go to support the team in future events and training the youth athletes for the Olympics. Anyone who would like to buy a
vest can contact K. Punla at Born Free to Run Running Club <>

Love is in the air for Born Free To Run couple,Kiranee and her boyfriend Kerati. After running the 42 Km Marathon at Laguna Phuket and moments after crossing the finishing line, Kerati went down on one knee and proposed to Kiranee in front of friends and supporters. Kerati had carried the ring all the way along the 42 km.

 Four of the Born Free athletes have qualified for the  Triathlon Association of Thailand’s youth team. Keng and Yut have been chosen to train for the Youth Olympics.

 Both Yut and Keng won their races at the recent Neon Night Run at Thanyapura.

Yut with Neon face paint





06 2014

Scholarships Reunion

Mr. Franz Sticher, who set up the medical scholarship fund in Switzerland, visited Phuket recently with his family. He was overwhelmed by the reception he received from his students, now fully fledged doctors.


He is seen here with Satienpong, Ganjana,Ajarn Pranee(President of PCF) and Janjira, and below with Isares, the last student to graduate.




 Franz’s son Erik joined the party in this photo.



Franz established the scholarship foundation in memory of his daughter, Jennifer, who sadly lost her life in the 2004 Tsunami. He wanted to support medical students who had been disadvantaged by the effects of the Tsunami and would have been unable to continue their studies without the scholarships.

One student, Pisinee,from Baan Nam Kaem, was starting her 4th year as a medical student, when the Tsunami destroyed her home and she lost many of her family members.

The landscape around her home village after the Tsunami.


The fishing pier in front of her house was destroyed along with her father’s business and her home.

 Our first meeting with Pisinee, her mother, Janjira, Ganjana and friends.

 Franz was overjoyed to see all of his students and was delighted that they had a 100% success rate.




04 2014

Born Free To Run Team Wins More Trophies

The Born Free To Run team has continued to win trophies in all the races they compete. They won a total of 10 trophies in the Phuket International Hospital Minimarathon on February 23rd.


 On March 8th the team took part in the Thanyapura Superkidz Triathlon races. They won 4 trophies.


 On March 9th. the team won 9 trophies in the Plukpanya Minimarathon.

Also on  March 9th some of the team took part in the  2014: 5th Thalang Victory Mini Marathon, winning 4 trophies.

 In the 2014: 5th Thalang Victory Mini Mountain Bike 16 km race the winner of the  girls under 15 y/o. was Yut,  who is 12 years old and is doing very well with the bike races.  She was part of the team that won Superkidz on Saturday March 8th.  Her performance was outstanding.



03 2014

Donation of Muslim Clothing

The Phuket Community Foundation received a wonderful donation of Muslim clothing from ladies in Singapore. Cindy Ratcliffe presented the clothes to the Mayor of Paklok district and some of the local Muslim community.

 Ricky Phanthip, the coach of the Born Free to Run club, came along to the presentation as he is well known in the district for his work with the less fortunate children in the community.  The ladies were thrilled with the clothes and would like to express their appreciation to the ladies from Singapore who collected the beautiful clothes.




03 2014