Over 20 million baht in public donations for elephant foundation in 4 days

Friends of Asian Elephant Foundation founder Ms Soraida Salwala admitted that she did not believe in her own eyes that the foundation’s bank account has ballooned from about 1.4 million baht to 21.3 million baht, thanks to public donations to help the elephants.

In just four days, publicity campaign to raise fund for the financially-strapped foundation has netted about 20 million baht.

Ms Soraida said she was overjoyed with the overwhelming public response after she told the media on March 13 which coincided with the Thai Elephants Day that she would end her role with the foundation because the foundation is critically short of staff and funding.

She disclosed that the foundation has accumulated more than 20 million baht in debts during the past 11 years and the remaining money in the bank accounts, about 1.4 million baht, would not be enough to carry on with the work.

Anyone who wants to donate can wire their donation to the foundation’s Siam Commercial Bank’s Ratchayothin branch office with account number 111-227207-8. Or call 054-829-308.