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- Albert Einstein

Friends Helping Friends

Everyone needs a helping hand in their lives at some point some more than others. Sometimes, some people cannot even help themselves to get the food and medicine that they need. Therefore, because the human heart hates to see others suffering, people around the world will stick their hand out to help those in need, especially if that someone is a friend in their community.

HIV/AIDS is one of our generation`s worst diseases. Fortunately, medical technology has advanced as medicines have been produced to help slow down the destruction of the disease, but a handful of people in Phang Nga cannot afford the needed medicines. As well, others in the community have not been educated on what HIV/AIDS is, how it is spread, or how to care for those with it.

MRS.PETKAEW’S OBJECTIVES FOR THE FOUNDATION WERE: HELP AIDS PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY WITH FUNDS TO RECEIVE BASIC MEDICAL SUPPORT AND COVER ALL MEDICAL FEES; FULL SCHOLARSHIP FOR AIDS PATIENTS’ CHILDREN; FINANCIAL SUBSIDIES FOR SEEKING JOBS; AND GROUP AND LOCAL AWARENESS AND COMMUNITY ACCEPTANCE.

Mrs. Pradab Petkaew and her family, who all started to feel the problem of the disease coming into their local community and saw it ruining families, and with the initial financial help of Mr. John Lawrence Holmes and Miss Ratchada Petkaew, the idea was born to create the “Friends Helping Friends” charitable foundation.

Mrs. Petkaew and her family were willing to stick out a helping hand. As well, Club Tropical has proudly donated and helped with both financial & technical support for this charity.

Once the Foundation was set up, it attracted a lot of local community support and interest; help from as small as a bowl of rice being offered by one individual to another, to the entire Phang Nga community rallying together to support Mrs. Petkaew’s dreams of expanding the foundation.

“Friends Helping Friends” was established in October 2010, and the foundation did so well that it has already received the award as “Phang Nga’s No.1 volunteer.” But even better is that the foundation won the “The Best volunteer within the Public Health Branch of AIDS of Thailand 2011” Bestowed from the Royal Palace. Mrs. Petkaew and some of her family will actually get to go to the Royal Palace to receive the award.

For more information, or to help “Friends Helping Friends” in anyway, please contact memberservices@clubtropical.asia

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