Actor and singer Pakin “Tono” Khamwilaisak recently donned his hat as ambassador of World Animal Protection Thailand and joined dog owners and their hounds for the fourth edition of the “Hok Kha Pa Mah Wing” charity run at Srinakorn Khuenkhan Park in Kum Ban Krajao, Samut Prakan.
Joining him were Pakwan “Nong Mali” Sahawong, Vanda Sahawong and Preeyada “Kamboom” Sitthachai.
“Every year, the ‘Hok Kha’ campaign comes up a different take on animal welfare. This year, to persuade people to help us support animals, we have also invited runners without dogs,” said Supaporn Last, country director of World Animal Protection Thailand.
The charity run was divided into Youth Mini Marathon Class A for runners with dogs (2.2 km) and Mini Marathon Class B for runners (10.5 km) with everyone receiving paw and bone medals. The winners took home trophies and gift voucher from Bangkok Airways. Furthermore, runners in both categories got a chance to win tickets from Bangkok Airways.
The charity run has always received great feedback and this year, more than 600 runners and 300 dogs signed up. Funds raised go to provide rabies vaccines and to help homeless dogs in Better Life for Dogs project as well as assist elephants in the wild.
“I have been ambassador for four years and have also done fieldwork for the project ‘1 Picture 1 Vaccine’, which returns happiness to elephants, I am very pleased and proud to be the voice of projects that help put together people and animals,” said Tono.
“I have trained to run with the dogs. Apart from being good for our health, it also ensures the dogs get a good workout. I brought along my dog, Kiew Nern, and ran the 2.2 km with Nong Mali, Kamboom and other celebrities.” he added.
To follow the activities and see the photos of runners and dogs, visit http://sixlegsminimarathon.com.
To donate to animal farewell, call (02) 513 0475.