Local football tournament aimed at eliminating illegal drugs

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FOOTBALL: Kathu officials have announced that they are hosting a football tournament as part of a campaign to raise awareness of illicit drugs and alleviate poverty in the local community.

The announcement was made Tuesday, June 14 at a press conference held at the Patong Bay Hill Hotel overseen by Kathu District Chief Siwat Wangkunkul.

Mr. Siwat was joined by Phakarat Tamchu, Chairman of the Patong Development Foundation and the Patong Foundation Committee, as well as representatives of related agencies.

The tournament, which will take place on July 20 in Patong, is focused on residents of three sub-districts of the Kathu region and will feature two age-based competitions – a junior tournament for 12-18 year olds and a senior competition reserved for those over 18 years old.

The prize money offered for the former is B120,000 with B700,000 up for grabs in the final contest. In addition, there will be 300,000 B of survival bags which will be distributed to more than 500 poor households in the region.

Mr. Siwat explained that the tournament is being developed alongside a community campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal drug abuse.

“Young people in the Kathu region must have the necessary knowledge and awareness about the dangers of drugs in how they can negatively affect the body, health and mental state, which has a ripple effect on the society and national security,” he said.

“The football tournament aims to develop people’s skills, knowledge and abilities to encourage them that a clear and healthy lifestyle can help them achieve excellence in the future.

“A drug-free environment can help improve the quality of life for everyone in the local community and build a more sustainable future for all,” Mr Siwat added.

The campaign also strives to highlight the importance of drug monitoring activities in communities, schools, religious sites and tourist attractions in the Kathu region, in line with the national government’s policy on illicit drug use. .

Further details on venues, times, team numbers and how to register will be released closer to the event, officials said.

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