Rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai was warmly welcomed by Ratchaburi people when he arrived at the main stage in Ratchaburi’s Muang district on Saturday and the provincial governor handed him a cheque for Bt12 million.
In a welcoming ceremony at noon, Ratchaburi governor Chayawut Chanthorn officially handed over the cheque, which came from donations raised across the province.
The Ratchaburi provincial hospital is among 11 hospitals for which Toon is trying to raise Bt700 million through his run from Betong to Mae Sai.
As part of the welcoming ceremony, Ratchaburi deputy governor gave Toon a special jar that had a picture of Toon running – and was filled with Bt180,000 in cash collected from Ratchaburi people who had waited for up to five hours to watch the star arrive.
Speaking on the stage, Toon thanked Ratchaburi people for the donations. He reiterated that he is not a hero; the real heroes are doctors and nurses.
He also knelt down and asked the people to clap hands for the nurses on stage.
Toon stayed for about 45 minutes and then continued his run to Phortharam, Bang Pae and Ban Pong districts.