The people of Patong have been hard hit by the effects of the COVID outbreak and the slump in the economy as a whole.
The tourist destination has been standing still since the beginning of April 2020. The return of almost all tourists to their home countries and various measures to contain the virus have caused around 90% of all employees to lose their jobs.
All shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment establishments, massage salons, hairdressers and other types are completely closed. Hotels are not allowed to accept new guests and must close when the last guest leaves, only a few of around 850 hotels are still open.
Many of the locals, guest workers and stuck tourists are in a predicament. The government, various aid organizations, private individuals and companies are now helping the needy, but the number is increasing day by day. Everyone tries to help each other, but it just isn't enough.
I, my wife and our daughter are in a relatively good situation with our hotel and restaurant. Thanks to many long-term guests, we were able to secure the company and the jobs. We are already helping with 400-500 meals including drinks per week and want to expand our commitment. We have the infrastructure and the human resources, but it is not enough to donate more free meals on our own.
Therefore we ask for help in order to be able to help. A meal for a meal costs us THB 25 - not much to help those in need.
Our goal is to deliver an additional 40,000 meals in 8 months by the end of the year. This corresponds to an additional 1'160, a total of around 1'660 meals, per week or around 237 per day.
Of course, it is not enough to feed an entire city, but it is a beginning and gives many new hope.
Please help! Help us to help! It is really urgent! Thank you!