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British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy

British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy
 
Address: 4th Floor, 591-17
Soi 33-33/1 (Soi Villa)
Sukhumvit Road, Klongtan Nua
Wattana
City: Bangkok
Post Code: 10110
Country: Thailand
Phone Number: +66 2204-1587
General Email: [members only]
URL: www.ploenchitfair.org
Business Activity:Charity / Non-Profit
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Background
Contributions to Thai charities by members of the British Community in Thailand reach back to the war years. In 1968 the United Kingdom Committee for Thai Charities was formed to organise and run the Ploenchit Fair and disburse the funds raised there. throughout the subsequent year. Committee members personally visit the charities, ensure the smooth running of the projects and the application of funds. Over the years the UKCTC - from 1999, BCTFN - has given direct help to groups in need through the provision of various basic necessities and equipment to improve health care, nutrition, education, agricultural projects, the disabled and self-help schemes throughout Thailand. The list of recipients of donations is long and includes charitable funds, foundations, institutions, hospitals, schools and many other needy groups.

In 1957 the first Ploenchit Fair was held in the grounds of the British Embassy and raised Baht 78,000 for Thai charities. The Ploenchit Fair was conceived for the British community to join together to raise finds for Thai charities.

In May 1968 the United Kingdom for Thai Charities (UKCTC) was officially formed to administer the Ploenchit Fair and the disbursement of funds to charities. The voluntary committee comprises mainly long-time residents from all areas of the British community in Thailand including a representative from the BCCT. In a major development, in 1999 the UKCTC was granted Foundation status under the name of the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy (BCTFN).

Funds raised at each Ploenchit Fair are allocated over the following year to a wide variety of projects for needy and deserving causes, all of which are first approved by the BCTFN. The BCTFN Committee meets monthly to review new proposals for assistance and assess the progress of current projects. Emphasis is given to sustainable self-help projects and long term community projects in particular health/medical, educational (particularly of the physically, mentally or socially handicapped), communal projects and disaster relief.

The 1999 Ploenchit Fair, the first under the new name of BCTFN, raised a record sum of Baht 6.4 million for Thai charities. In addition more than 26,000 people visited the Ploenchit Fair, 3,000 more than in 1998. BCTFN President Carolyn Tarrant MBE and her team of organisers are to be congratulated for putting on yet another excellent Ploenchit Fair. Thanks are also always due to the British Ambassador and his staff and the 2,000 stall-holders and volunteers. The Grand Raffle organised by the BCCT also broke all previous records and broke the Baht 1 million mark for the first time.

You can see a list of Projects supported by BCTFN here.

As an example of the funds distributed to the Needy, the total allocation for projects in calendar year 2000 was in excess of Baht 8.5 million.

On Monday 5th June 2000, the BCCT joined with the BCTFN to make donations to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Foundation in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol's Sixth Cycle Birthday in 1999.

On behalf of the BCCT, Chairman Jeremy Stewardson presented two cheques for Baht 250,000 each to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for The Anandamahidol Foundation and The Fund for the Development of Children and Youth in Remote Areas. Mrs. Carolyn Tarrant, President of the BCTFN presented two cheques for Baht 500,000 each for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Foundation and The Fund for the Development of Children and Youth in Remote Areas.

The Baht 1 million donation by BCTFN to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is one of six special Baht 1 million projects that will be supported during 2000 in honour of His Majesty's sixth cycle birthday. In addition to the above so far the BCTFN has purchased an ambulance for Manorom Hospital. A further four projects will be allocated special funds.

Despite the economic downturn since 1997 British companies continue to give generously to Thai charities either directly or through donations to and support of the annual Ploenchit Fair. The BCCT will continue to work very closely with the BCTFN to support the needy in Thailand.
 
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