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December 27, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Thailand

First Marathon Run Raised Over 1 Million Baht for Special Olympics Thailand

By Rachaniwan Bulakul

(From left to right) Christopher Yeoh , together with Special Olympics Thailand Chairman Dr. Naris Chaiyasoot, and National Director Rachaniwan Bulakul.

Christopher Yeoh, a long-time resident of Thailand, recently undertook his first ever marathon. Deciding to run for a charitable cause, Christopher, a novice runner, chose to run for Special Olympics Thailand in this year’s prestigious New York City Marathon on 3rd November, 2013. He had personally set himself the target to complete the 26.2 miles (42.2km) course in under five hours. In the event, he succeeded in crossing the Finish Line in 4 hr. 38 min. 45 sec., placing 2,615 out of 3,845 Finishers in the 50-59 Age Group. 

Christopher received generous donations on behalf of Special Olympics Thailand from various individuals and organizations in Thailand as well as overseas for his meritorious endeavour. Altogether, he raised a sum of THB 1,063,221.88 (US$32,323) for Special Olympics Thailand. This is the first time in Special Olympics Thailand’s 26-year history that an individual through his/her personal sporting feat has raised such an amount of donations for the charity organization. 

Special Olympics Thailand is grateful for Christopher’s time, dedication and effort, and hopes that in future, many more individuals would emulate his gesture of goodwill. The donations received from Christopher’s generous supporters will be used to promote the charity’s sport and health programmes for special athletes nationwide in 2014.

About Rachaniwan Bulakul: National Director of Special Olympics Thailand
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