Wat Lamai School, Lamai, Koh Samui
Early in 2005, a tragic accident occurred in Koh Samui. Nicholas King, a young man visiting Samui from his home country of England, was holidaying with a group of friends. Like many tourists, they chose to visit the highest waterfall in Koh Samui, Namuang number 2. They reached the top, and were splashing around in the swimming pool. Nicholas chose to dive in, in spite of warnings, and broke his neck. He was dead on arrival at the hospital.
Nicholas' grieving father, Ray King, was an active Rotarian in England, and he was determined that his son's life would be honoured. Nichlolas himself was involved in young people at home, and his father decided to raise money that could be used by the Rotary Club of Koh Samui for the benefit of children. A sum of 400,000 baht was donated by Ray King's Rotary Club, and Rotary Club of Koh Samui was tasked with fnding a suitable Project. The President at the time, Paul Hawkins, visited a school in Lamai, attached to the Temple. The school was in the process of planning a new library and computer room, and were delighted to be the recipients of such a generous donation. This sum went a long way towards the total cost of the building project. A plaque has been placed on the new structure, with the name Nicholas King displayed.
(In 2006, Ray King sent a further donation of 80,000 baht which was used to renovate a playground for a small school in Nathon).