Pattaya Pride (formerly Pattaya Gay Festival) was formed in November 2000 by a group of businessmen headed by Jim Lumsden of the Ambiance Hotel in Boyz Town, Pattayaland Soi 3, Pattaya to raise funds for charitable purposes and has, since inception to the end of 2010, raised some B31 million.
Recipients of Pattaya Pride donations include Naklua Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Bangpakong Home for the Disabled, SOS Rice, Rotary 1000 Bike Project, Ban Bung Juvenile Home, Take Care!! Safe Sex Project, The Mercy Centre, Jing Jai Orphanage, Thais4Life, and Pattaya School No.8 as well as the principal beneficiary ‘The HEARTT 2000 Foundation’ (Help Ensure AIDS Rescue Together in Thailand) www.heartt2000.org.
The HEARTT 2000 foundation, founded and run by Dr Philippe Seur, has treated, cared for and gives a quality extended life for over 1,900 Thai HIV and AIDS infected patients requiring a great deal of imported and expensive overseas drugs where no cheaper generics are available in Thailand.
At the end of 2009 it was decided to change the name of ‘Pattaya Gay Festival’ to ‘Pattaya Pride’ as it was felt that this name was more in-keeping with similar organisations around the world and to also reflect that we are Proud to be gay and here in Pattaya.
To raise funds for charity, Pattaya Pride holds various events throughout the year. Every Thai Baht raised is used for charitable donations and none of these funds are used for administration purposes. All members of the Pattaya Pride committee donate their time free of charge and there are no management costs.
Events and listings are covered on this web site ‘www.pattayapride.com’ which has a monthly page hit of over 20,000. You can advertise on the website for as little as B5,000 for the year 2011. This includes a link to your own website, and while these advertising funds are a donation to Pattaya Pride, the exposure of your business to the many thousands of people throughout the world makes the placing of the advert worthwhile in its own right.
In addition, at the end of each year (February through to January) donors are given a certificate from Pattaya Pride acknowledging their contribution which they can proudly display at their premises.
Business houses are also welcome to hold fundraising events with a cover charge, or some other fee or raffle, for donation to Pattaya Pride. Some also donate a percentage of the takings from the event. If you do not wish to advertise on the website, donations in cash or kind are always welcome. We hold raffles at most of the events and are always looking for gifts to be given as prizes. Prize donors are always acknowledged at the event where the gift is won. All donations are gratefully received and will also be acknowledged at the event unless we are requested not to acknowledge the source.