Rock star raises millions for Northeast hospitals
A CHARITY run led by rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai has scored another success – raising more than Bt 40 million for eight small hospitals in the Northeast.
The latest marathon lasted two days over the past weekend and covered the 187-kilometre distance from Nong Khai to Khon Kaen.
More than 20,000 people made donations as the runners passed through their areas.
Joining Artiwara in the run were several celebrities, including his girlfriend Rachwin Wongviriya, singer-cum-actor Pakorn Lam, along with actors Pakorn Chatborirak and Somchai “Tao” Khemkad.
Dr Bhak Loharjun, a hero from the Tham Luang cave rescue, also joined Artiwara in Khon Kaen.
Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Changtragul greeted the runners as they arrived at the provincial hall yesterday.
The last leg of the run kicked off at the hall and ended at Khon Kaen stadium, where many fun events, including a concert, were held.
The charity run in the Northeast is part of Artiwara’s grander initiative to raise funds for small hospitals across the country through similar runs in several regions.
In the coming months, the rock star will lead charity runs in the North, South, East and Central regions.
The marathons have been organised by the Kao Kon La Kao Foundation, which was founded earlier this year in the wake of Artiwara’s Kao project, which raised over Bt1.6 billion for hospitals between 2016 and 2018.