(PRWEB) August 22, 2013
The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament was first held in 2001, and since then this annual event has become one of the most popular and successful charitable events in Thailand. The four-day festival has a number of attractions, including a spectacular opening parade, a baby elephant camp and a ladies fashion day. The festival has become something of a glittering affair, and it is attended by both Asian and European royalty, local celebrities and a number of international sports stars. The fundraising will conclude with an auction gala dinner with a Moulin Rouge theme, and proceeds from the festival will continue to fund projects that seek to ensure the safety and protection of these fascinating animals.
Over the past twelve years, the tournament has raised approximately $600,000 USD, which has provided the funding for a number of excellent projects. These include shelters for the elephants, mobile blood facilities and an elephant ambulance for the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. A number of elephants have also been rescued from roaming the streets, which is a dangerous and harsh existence on busy and crowded roads. These elephants now live in more natural and comfortable surroundings, where they can obtain proper nourishment, together with receiving any necessary veterinary care. The funding has also enabled research in understanding the benefits that children obtain from interacting with animals. As a result, and in conjunction with Chiang Mai University, the Thai Elephant Therapy Project has been set up, which has led to a number of elephants assisting with the rehabilitation of autistic children.
The elephants in the southern province of Krabi have also benefited from the tournament’s fundraising. In fact, Krabi now has its own elephant hospital, and the staff help to raise awareness of elephant conservation by inviting volunteers to participate in caring for the animals. Indeed, this type of volunteering scheme is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which has placed much emphasis on promoting volunteerism in Thailand due to the mutual benefits it has to offer. Any holidaymakers visiting Krabi, whether seeking volunteering opportunities or relaxation, will find the province an ideal holiday location. Also, finding holiday accommodation is trouble-free, as Krabi Riviera Co Ltd provides an excellent selection of holiday villas, all of which offer 5 star comfort, including private swimming pools, a personal concierge service, and some first-rate complimentary services.
Thailand’s efforts in caring for its elephant population deserve every success, and those attending The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament this year can be guaranteed an action-packed festival with the comfort of knowing that all proceeds raised will contribute towards a very worthwhile cause.