Willie left heartbroken after death of Thai ‘mother’

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Willie left heartbroken after death of Thai ‘mother’ thumbnailRotjana Phraesrithong pictured with Portrush man Willie Gregg. CC01-16s

THE local founder of a tsunami relief charity has been left heartbroken after the loss of his dedicated friend and colleague who helped care for orphaned children in Thailand.
The news of Rotjana Phraesrithong's death was announced only days before Portrush charity, Willie's Orphan Fund, was preparing to mark the 13th anniversary of the Boxing Day disaster which saw around 250,000 deaths across 14 countries in 2004.
People in Northern Ireland have donated tens of thousands of pounds to Willie's Orphan Fund to support the Baan Than Namchai orphanage in Phuket, which gave a home and education to hundreds of youngsters after the tsunami.
Willie Gregg, founder of the award-winning charity, flew to say his final goodbyes to his dear friend, who helped children in Bankok's slums, only weeks before her death.
He explained: "Rotjana was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago. I helped her get through her horrific surgery and she was gave the all clear six months later. She was over nine years cancer free but around the same time I was awarded The Spirit of Northern Ireland Award she took ill again."
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