The run from North Thailand to Pattaya will take Neo 30 days between 17th February and 19th March 2014 passing through 40 Provinces. Neo and Thailand Run under the banner of â€˜999 km Run for Water 2014’, hope to raise money through sponsors, individual donors and pledges.
On the run Neo will be accompanied by fellow runners from overseas and locally, representing schools, communities, NGOs and government agencies in Thailand.
The run is motivated by the critical educational needs for children, the lack of clean water and the poor prospects for pet animals and wildlife in Thailand. “The run and commitment to charity are a part of my 30 year contribution to the solution of such issues” said Neo.
Education is the basic foundation for everything and during 6 years in Pattaya Neo has seen how difficult it is for most people to afford more than the legal minimum time at school. Without higher education most of them will always stay poor, Neo continues.
Inspite of the Songkran Festival, when tourist and Thai engage in water war, the water situation in Thailand is far from predictable; Two years ago the flooding in Thailand and the resultant damage to property, spread of disease and loss of life was well documented but the lesser floods and droughts which take place annually, particularly in the north and eastern provinces, largely go unreported. He’ll be running to raise money for clean drinking water. 6,000 children die every day from water borne diseases and every dollar he funds has the opportunity to grow to $3.50 because of the Rotary Matching Program “Lack of clean water and education can lead to serious illness which could affect your whole life” says Neo.
In Bangkok there are over 130 000 street dogs and there are always more people putting more dogs out into the street. Thailand as a Buddhist country has many NGOs making an effort to save the dogs instead of killing them. Soi Dog an NGO in Bangkok are doing great work and Neo is hoping to do something similar in Pattaya and is the founder started Pattaya Animal Coalition.
Neo personally visited over 40 National Parks in Thailand. “Thailand outside the cities has so much to offer and with this run I hope to both promote the beauty of Thailand and raise awareness for Thailand’s endangered wildlife”, Neo concludes.
One can follow the development of the run with the charities involved, the route with stops and activities and travel blogs at www.thailandrun.org
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