As the world unites to battle one of the largest pandemics of the 21st century, it was only normal for the residents of Phuket to come together and help families in need by organizing several food donations across the island.
In Rawai, the restaurant Costa Grill recently donated 200 food boxes to the local community, in partnership with the Rawai municipality, while our unsung hero, Mark, owner of The Islander on Wiset Road, known for their amazing Sunday roasts, have provided hundreds of boxes to help the residents of the subdistrict.
At the center of the island, in Kathu, our friends at Thong Dee restaurant organized several donations for the people located in the Bangthong village, while Da Sandro Restaurant partnered with Keemala and The Kee Resort to donate 50 sets of rice to Phuket Field Hospital. The rice, which comes from a project dedicated to supporting local farmers and originated from the Suphan Buri Rice Research Institute, tastes like Jasmine rice but contains 50% less sugar. It was distributed to local communities, including the Wat Kosit community, Koh Maprao community, and a group of foreign workers.
In Phuket Town, the team at The Brasserie organized a food donation over a few days where they successfully prepared close to a thousand meals to help the residents of the Ratsada subdistrict. In addition, yours truly, writers and friends of The Guide Phuket, have delivered over a hundred meals at the Ban Kuku sub-district.
And there are many more! Hundreds of people, both Thais and foreigners, have offered their help in providing food and basic necessities to the local community. In this article, we salute you, and thank you for all the efforts you guys have pulled through.
This rather unique situation should hopefully help the government in place to rethink its strategy when it comes to unemployment in the country, a number that has been relatively low over the last few decades thanks to flourishing industries like tourism.
Let me finish by saying that I have never been as proud of my island as today, seeing the involvement of the community and the effort of the government to curb the spread of the virus. We will get through this together, and Phuket will return to its glory soon!