The funds were donated to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre and the Royal Thai Navy.
Thareeya Khamkar, CSR Manager of Laguna Resorts and Hotels said, “We (Laguna) have been working with the PMBC and helping them for 19 years. The PMBC gave us 80 (turtles) to release this year and the majority of the money raised today from the B2,000 ticket sales (to release a turtle), the raffle tickets and money from fairground games will go to the PMBC.”
“Last year the money raised went to to build a roof at the PMBC. This year it will go into go into the conservation of the sea turtles, their medicine and helping the disabled turtles. Most take 6 to 12 months to be rehabilitated, but some have to stay there for ever and they need all the help they can get.”
Being able to release the turtles and hopefully make money doing so is incredibly important. There are currently 60 turtles at the facilities of the PMBC, 20 more than its official capacity of 40.