Our Food Donations

New Leaf Detox Resort Ko Samui Thailand and it's second food donation May 26, 2020 at Chaweng Lake.
Social distancing over 1,000 people was a successful challenge.

Ko Samui, like many places around the world, suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic and the way many Governments responses to it. Approximately 95% of the Island’s population relies on tourism. The majority from China, so it suffered from early in the pandemic, and many residents lost their livelihoods. The Thai Government, like many Governments, promised to subsidise where it could; however, the support was slow to arrive for many, and it made minimal impact. Fortunately, financial institutions were quicker to respond, giving many people relief from mortgage and other payments, which helped. The full impact of the shutdown of the International border inevitably arrived at the end of March 2020 on Ko Samui and the impact was immediate.

Kai Page at the second New Leaf Detox Resort food donation at Chaweng Lake Ko Samui Thailand May 26, 2020.
New Leaf Detox Resort owners’s son Kai Page.

New Leaf Detox, it’s staff and management have been graced with health and success, and we felt we had an obligation to assist where we could. Air Page, New Leaf’s owner, decided on April 29, 2020, to do our first self financed food donation in our Maenam/Bophut area. ” It’s my husband’s birthday and instead of travelling with the kids and having a weekend away we decided to donate the money to the community and we felt a community food donation was the most appropriate way” said Air Page, owner of New Leaf Detox Resort. We expected approximately 350 people, almost 700 showed up. We were shocked and overwhelmed. Many distraught men, women and children showed up and waited for hours. Fifteen minutes into the first donation we had decided to do another, bigger one as soon as we could.

New Leaf friends and guests helping out on the second food donation May 26, 2020 in Chaweng Ko Samui Thailand.
New Leaf friends and guests helping out.

A guest and friend of New Leaf, Brian Wallace from Australia saw the video we shoot and published of the first donation and immediately wanted to finance the second one. Brian, who is a successful business person in the Arts world, gave a considerable contribution which prompted us to put up a donation page on GoGetFunding and let other friends and guests contribute. The funding campaign was a complete success, and both on and offline, we raised more than 150,000 Thai baht. 100% of the funds, less than 7% for GoGetFunding and PayPal went to purchasing rice, eggs and cooking oil. We had planned to feed 750 families but managed to buy more food and offer enough for 1,000 people on the day.

New Leaf owner Air Page at the second community food donation May 26, 2020 on Ko Samui Thailand.
New Leaf owner Air Page with son Kai helping.

Thai authorities advised we do a pre-registration where we would give out tickets a few days before the donation day. We planned to do 600 pre tickets, but over 1,000 people showed up. An indication of what might happen on the day, so we prepared for more significant numbers.

New Leaf staff at the second community food donation at Chaweng Lake Ko Samui Thailand.
New Leaf staff at Chaweng May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020, at 4.00 pm, we commenced the donation. Already volunteers from several Ko Samui Hospitals, Police and Community groups came to assist. Our staff and friends Gary Sparks and his partner Khun Gin helped. Social distancing was a priority, so the venue of Chaweng Lakeside was chosen. Undercover areas, ample parking, open and safe and able to distance everyone made for the perfect location.

Incredible volunteers made it a successful day.

The donation last just over one hour, and we managed to give one of each item to 750 families, and the remaining food went to those who didn’t pre-register and to our volunteers.

New Leaf Detox Resort Maenam beach Ko Samui, Thailand would like to acknowledge and thank the many people who donated to help feed needy families on Koh Samui, Thailand May 26, 2020. You made a huge difference, and you are much appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The people of Ko Samui thank you.

Over 1,000 needy people of Ko Samui Thailand lined the Chaweng Lake waiting for the second New Leaf Detox Resort community food donation to start. 400 pm May 26, 2020.
Crowds lined the lake for hundreds of meters waiting for food.
  • Brian Wallace – Taree, Australia
  • Zeyco Kitchens & Wardrobes Samui
  • Patricia Page
  • Gabrielle Lloyd
  • Laura Tomasiello
  • Philip King-Turner
  • Aruna Paramasivam
  • Jon Craig
  • Malcolm Haddock
  • Enrique Marchese
  • Gary Cartner
  • Charis Heelan
  • Sonia Nassif
  • Jane Schmidt
  • Jayne Armstrong
  • Ross Seddon
  • Valerian Cure
  • Simon Albury
  • Robyn Schmidt
  • Kerry Jones
  • Lauren Thomson
  • Sue Roberton
  • Debbie Jones
  • Dedra Thornton
  • Tegan Ahuriri
  • Sile Dorney
  • Mellisa Slender
  • Sasan Fazil
  • Chotika Petcharoen
  • Emma Halkyard
  • Victoria Lees
  • Faisal Almubarak
  • Claire Halkyard
Thank you to the amazing guests and friends of New Leaf Detox Thailand who donated their time and money to make this a very successful community food donation. May 26, 2020.
Thank you to these amazing people for their generous donations.

Thank you to the other many Anonymous donors who made generous contributions. We would also like to thank the Facebook page supporters, Koh Samui People, Samui People Who Give a S**, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao Thailand and Thailand Travel Advice Group.

New Leaf Detox Resort, it’s management and staff and the Koh Samui Community Thanks you.