One of the major fund raising events during the Rotary year 2007-2008 was a Major Motorbike Raffle. During the month of November, 2007, members of Rotary Club of Koh Samui, ROCKS, with the help of partners, ‘Friends of Rotary’ and other willing helpers, sold 840 raffle tickets at 100 baht each, for a significant prize of a Yamaha motorcycle.
The raffle was restricted to 999 tickets, offered for the period of one month only, in the belief that it would create a sense of urgency to buy the tickets. The motorcycle itself was generously sponsored by Mike Langaskens of Profmil, which meant that the sales money would all be available for use in ROCKS’ Temple Schools Projects.
The final draw was made on 1st December 2007, during the 2nd Annual Dinner Dance, held at the Fair House Resort in Chaweng. There was a final ‘push’ to sell tickets that night, resulting in the sale of an additional 300 tickets on that night alone!
The draw was made by Khun Ponlert of Thai Hoteliers Association. The winner was, in fact, an employee of the Fair House, who had purchased his ticket that very evening! Sadly, the winner had already finished his duty and had left the Fair House; nor could he be reached to come and claim his prize.
Next day, President Adele Smith arrived at the Fair House with the ignition key, and handed over the Yamaha Motorbike to the delighted winner.