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Celebrity event raises $80,000 for sick kids

Thai resort hosts charity gala and fashion show

More than $80,000 has been raised for various children’s charities at a VIP event hosted by the InterContinental Koh Samui Resort in Thailand.



The prestigious ‘L’Officiel Fashion Destination 2019’ was held to benefit Thai charitable foundations Baan Nontapum and The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Foundation.


These foundations provide rehabilitation for children with disabilities and timely heart surgeries that help and save the lives of children with congenital heart diseases.


The amount raised this year saw a 40 per cent increase compared to the previous year, where $58,000 was raised for Life Impact International, which supports child victims of trafficking, slavery and debt bondage.


A Charity Gala Night, which kicked off the first night of ‘L’Officiel Fashion Destination 2019’, was attended by prominent celebrities and socialites from Thailand and around the region. Works by prominent Thai artists were auctioned off to help raise money.



Guests received welcome gifts from the resort of monogrammed bathrobes and slippers, followed by champagne sponsored by Moët & Chandon, facial treatments by Clé de Peau Beauté, and makeup by NARS Cosmetics. Apart from the Charity Gala Night, attendees enjoyed a tour of Koh Samui and a fashion show by Thai designer Patinya on Southeast Asia’s longest over water runway.


Patinya used the event to showcase her latest 2019 collection, featuring her core concepts of urban, elegant and sensational. Models, including Ajirapa Sabina Meisinger, season one winner of The Face Thailand, strutted along the over water runway silhouetted the Koh Samui sunset.


“Being in an environment as pristine and untouched as Koh Samui, it’s our responsibility to preserve the island’s natural beauty, which comes from first being part of the community,” said Michael Shin, General Manager of the InterContinental Koh Samui Resort.



“It’s a symbiotic relationship – as we help people grow, they too help us grow within their communities.


“This weekend’s L’Officiel Fashion Destination 2019 allowed us to play a bigger part in our communities. Knowing that all the proceeds from the highlight charity gala night would go to meaningful causes, it’s an event we absolutely wanted to be, and loved being involved in.”


The resort is also working with local schools to rebuild their playgrounds as part of the IHG ‘Giving for Good’ program that supports communities and charitable giving.


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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 7 May 2019

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