Tono’s charity swim raised nearly 83 million baht on Thai side
Contributions to Phakin “Tono” Khamwilaisak’s charity swim totalled nearly 83 million baht as the donation window closed.
The singer-actor’s daring “One Man and the River” charity swim to Laos and back on October 22 raised funds for hospitals on either side of the Mekong — Khammouane Hospital in Laos and Nakhon Phanom Hospital in Thailand.
On Wednesday, the Facebook page “เก็บรักษ์” (Keb Ruk), which has been tracking the collections, said the donations were now closed and a total of 82.92 million baht had been received from donors on the Thailand side.
The page thanked all people who had contributed to the charity project, adding that it would add donations from the Laos side to the total within 15 days.
Phakin recently said on his Instagram that Nakhon Phanom Hospital has submitted the list of crucial medical equipment that it is still lacking. He promised to post the list so that donors can see how their money would be helping the work of doctors and nurses there.
Last month Phakin said he planned to be ordained as a Buddhist monk at a Nakhon Phanom temple as a gesture of his gratitude for the overwhelming support he received from fans in both Thailand and Laos. His ordination was scheduled after New Year 2023.
Phakin reportedly had set the fundraising target from his charity swim at only 17 million baht.