The mission was clear. The cause, a good one. The
orders were "to have the most fun possible, within legal bounds',
and judging by the quakes of laughter, the chimes of wine glasses
and the packed dance floor, all obliged.
The Phuket Animal Welfare Society, (P.A.W.S) held a Swinging 60's
Evening recently at the Kamala Bay Terrace Resort. The objective
of the event was to raise at least 50,000 baht to contribute to
the making of an educational video on the work of P.A.W.S. Philanthropy
was certainly in the air as P.A.W.S Chairman, Mr. Howard Cant, said
he was very pleased with the THB 93,000 raised.
P.A.W.S is a truly outstanding charity. Visitors to Thailand and
residents alike, despair at the condition of the stray dogs and
cats but the dedicated people of P.A.W.S are actually doing something
about it. In addition to sterilising, vaccinating and feeding the
animals around the island, P.A.W.S tries to raise awareness within
the local community. They aspire to help people understand and ultimately
cooperate in the management of the stray animal problem.
P.A.W.S relies on the generous support given by a long list of
impressive sponsors. Informed businesses in Phuket see the long-range
benefits of controlling the stray animal situation and donate kindly
but the costs are significant, so the society holds special events
periodically to boost funds.
The Swinging 60's Evening was a lot of fun. Party-goers dug
out their mini-skirts and tie-died specials to be eligible for the
prize of best dressed rock and roller or hippie. The prizes, donated
by P.A.W.S sponsors, were numerous and included many sought after
items such as VIP memberships to spas, free 2-days BMW 5-series
car rental and luxury hotel packages. Everything was up for grabs
but Lady Luck was needed for the raffle draw. The unlucky people
had their chance during the entertaining Sixties Mini Quiz.
Memories were stretched in answering the trivia questions, and
a healthy rivalry grew among the tables, but it was all in good
fun and the winners celebrated by sipping their prize, a nice bottle
The dance floor was kept busy as guests strutted their stuff to
the excellent music played by The Fabulous Longtail Brothers. Playing
old favourites from the 60's, the band rocked and toes were
tapping as people tried to remember the words.
Serious money was raised during the auction, with beautiful items
to bid for, including an elegant teak rocking chair, an original
Elly Laban oil painting and an exquisite antique statue of a Thai
musician. Many more items were auctioned and for some there were
numerous contenders. The new owners of these distinct items should
feel proud that their money is going to an honourable and needy
The plight of stray cats and dogs in Phuket has been made a little
rosier thanks to the tireless efforts of the P.A.W.S volunteers.
If you would like to know more about P.A.W.S and how you can help
please contact the Phuket Animal
Welfare Society (P.A.W.S)
MBE Suite 204, 168/2 Phuket Road, Talad Yai, Phuket 83000,
Tel & Fax: (+66 76) 288 889,