Phuket Loves You Club would like to thank everyone who took part in Phuket Pride week 2014. The week’s events raised 330,000 Baht!
This means we have raised over 600,000 Baht in just 3 years to go to our charities to help fight against and support those living with HIV. Of this 600,000, 300,000 Baht is being used in our community programme called HARP – HIV and Aids Related Programme, which at present is targeted at helping people living and working in Patong town’s Paradise complex: Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (GBT).
With the help of Patong Hospital and the Sabaidee Clinic, a series of focus groups were held to gather information from various groups of people within our community. The information from these groups is helping us to build the HARP programme.
We would like to thank K. Vikky and K. Ake from Andaman Power in helping to get these groups together.
Using the information from the focus groups and working with the Sabaidee clinic, we will be producing a series of posters aimed at promoting safer sex and providing current information on medical programmes Thai individuals can use to have a healthier life.
Partnering with the Director of Patong Hospital, we secured a memorandum of understanding (MOU) from Phuket’s Governor, Maitree Intrusud. This MOU will enable us to receive a large number of condoms from outside of Thailand.
We also secured 50,000 condoms and lube from Karex Burhad; a Thai company. These condoms will be with us within the next few weeks, so that once again, all the bars in Paradise complex will have free condoms and lube. It is
hoped that later in the year we will produce ‘cruising packs’ which will be able to carry safer sex messaging in Thai and English.
At present, Sabaidee clinic only has funding to carry out one free HIV test a year in Paradise. PLU have committed money to the clinic to carry out another 3 tests, which means all workers in Paradise can now have a free HIV test every 3 months for the next year.
PLU is currently looking at other fund raising events during the year, so that we can further extend the HARP programme and can therefore help to build a safer, more informed community on HIV & AIDS.
The remaining 300,000 Baht went to the Life Home Project to help pay for the education of children in Phuket who either have, or have parents who have, HIV, to help give them a good start in life. Without this money these children could be sidelined due to the HIV virus.
The full accounts from the last 3 years Phuket Pride weeks can be found on our web site:
www.phuket-pride.org. Click the ‘about us’ tab and then ‘finance’. The photo gallery from
Phuket Pride week 2014 will also soon be on the web site.