Pattaya Taksin past president wins Outstanding Lion award

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The past president of the Lions Club of Pattaya Taksin has been awarded the eastern district’s Outstanding Lion award for 2014-15.

Chanapa Wuthisarnwakorn accepted the award at a Lions Club District 310C dinner at the Maneechan Resort & Spa in Chantaburi Jan. 29.

The award was given for three successful projects conducted by the Pattaya Taksin club under Chanapa’s leadership.

Those projects were an animal-conservation program involving sea turtles and planting mangrove trees in Sattahip; a drive to support the Father Ray Foundation and Baan Jing Jai orphanage with free food and sports equipment; and an initiative to provide free eye exams and glasses to poor families.

District 310C Gov. Pradit Hiranpradit (center) presents Lion Chanapa Wuthisarnwakorn (left), past president of Lions Club Taksin Pattaya, with the Outstanding Lion Award 2014-2015, witnessed by new president, Lion Kritdapa Sriworalak (right) who will carry on supporting the local community.

After these successful projects, District 310C Gov. Pradit Hiranpradit nominated Chanapa for her dedicated work for the community and environment.

Speaking in detail about each project, Chanapa noted that green and hawksbill turtles in the Gulf of Thailand are endangered and the Lions project allowed five new turtles to be released into the wild. As for their mangrove trees planting, it was to restore the beauty of the sea with more than 100 mangrove trees, which will also serve as a barrier to protect the beaches from erosion.

Other local community projects included donation of relief bags, water, dried food and household items to the poor. The club was also heavily involved in supporting local orphanages like the Father Ray Foundation and Baan Jing Jai.

The club will continue to support the community and the poor, even with changed hands of management, but that’s what the Lions Clubs are for, she said.