Phuket stages benefit concert for Japan

21 Mar 2011

Phuket residents have scheduled a benefit concert in aid of victims of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The Love Aid concert will take place at the island’s Karon Beach on Saturday 2 April and organisers say every Baht raised from it will go to Japan.

The idea for a concert to assist the Japanese victims was dreamt up by Edgardo Tanael, a restaurant manager at a local resort, who saw images of the disaster unfolding on TV. Mr Tanael then called on his employers, other local hotels, media representatives and residents to help stage the charity event.

At a meeting last week, attendees voted to hold their own Phuket Live Aid concert with a slight change of name. The Patong Beach Rotary Club is coordinating the financial aspect of the concert and will ensure that donations and funds raised go directly to the neediest.

Entrance fees for the event have been set at an affordable 100 Baht per person, with coupons on sale inside for food and beverages also priced at 100 Baht.  The management teams of Phuket hotels and restaurants have pledged to sponsor booths and donate articles for auction as well as the food and beverage items.

Ricky Zen is organising the concert’s music and entertainment and says the initial reaction has been overwhelming and that he believes the event will draw some of the biggest and best musicians in the region.  

The Japanese disaster has brought back memories for many Phuket people of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that devastated the island and Thailand’s Andaman Sea coastline. 

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