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‘Love Aid – To Japan From Phuket With Love’ Benefit Concert Scheduled

March 18, 2011

A benefit concert entitled “LOVE AID – To Japan From Phuket With Love” has been scheduled for April 2 on Karon Beach, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to help victims of the Japan earthquake, tsunami and subsequent explosions at a nuclear power plant.

The event was originally scheduled for next Thursday, but has been changed to Saturday, April 2, to attract more people, organizers said.

The event was originally scheduled for next Thursday, but has been changed to Saturday, April 2, to attract more people, organizers said.

The Kata Group of hotels Major Phuket hoteliers, Karon Municipality, Patong Rotary Club, plus many local businesses and individuals have already pledged their full support for the “Love Aid Phuket” fund-raising event, donating time and resources 100% free of charge.

More than a week after one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded caused a devastating tsunami and wiped out whole communities, thousands of Japanese are still without basic essentials such as food, water, shelter or electricity and desperately need humanitarian help.

Phuket and Japan have long enjoyed close relations. Those involved in “Love Aid Phuket” are working hard to ensure the event is a huge success and that it will allow Phuketians to repay the previous generosity of its Asian neighbours in times of need.

A Japanese disaster relief team was one of the first to arrive in Phuket after the 2004 Asian tsunami, and philanthropists in one of the prefectures severely affected by the this month’s disaster in Japan recently made a charitable donation of bicycles to a underprivileged children in Phuket.

Several Phuket hotels have already pledged to contribute 100% of funds raised from selling food and drink during the event, but with just under two weeks to go, there is an urgent need for contributions from anyone who can donate time, money and skills.

Suggested donations include: stage performers; artists willing to donate their work; auction items; raffle prizes; light and sound equipment; transportation and accommodation for key performers; volunteers, and of course, money.

“This is a one-off fundraising event which gives the people of Phuket a unique opportunity to embrace the spirit of giving and donate to a very worthy cause. Everyone involved is ‘giving 100% for Japan’ to ensure as much money as possible goes directly to those who need it most,” said Mr Edgardo Tanael, Food & Beverage Manager at Kata Beach Resort, and key organiser of the charity event.

“Many of the island’s top officials have agreed to join the event and we are expecting broad national and international media coverage, including a CNN television crew,” said Mr Tanael.

Entry tickets (rubber bracelets for which donations may be required) for Love Aid Phuket are priced at 100 baht (not including food) and 1,000 baht (including all-you-can-eat food and drink). Food and drink items on sale at the event are each priced at 100 baht.

Love Aid Phuket memorabilia will also be on sale, including T-shirts and music CDs.

Entertainment director of the event, Ricky Zen, has helped organize similar events in the past. He is confident that some of the island’s top musicians will be playing on the day.

“So far the response has been overwhelming, and although it is too early to confirm all the acts as yet, I can say that it will be a quality event. Everyone wants to help,” Mr Zen said.

website for the event is currently under construction.

Anyone wishing to donate or help can contact Edgardo at 080-9515056 or ktbfbms@katagroup.com.

Auditions and rehearsals for artists will be held at Rick ‘n’ Roll Music Cafe in Kata.

More information can be found at the ricknrollmusiccafe.com or rick@ricknrollmusiccafe.com

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