FSNSS Closure


Friends of the Special Needs School Samui was a separate group working together to aid setting up and building of the new school on Koh Samui for autistic and other intellectually and/or physically challenged children.


It is not without a touch of sadness that we inform you the FSNSS will cease to function with effect from 31 December 2016. This is largely due to health concerns of the founder and main voluntary organiser, David Wilkinson.

Some four years or so we came together as a group in order to encourage financial support and awareness for the then unknown Special Needs School here on the Island.

No one then imagined the amazing response that would follow and through the tireless efforts and dedication of the many organisations and individuals who have been involved, the school foundation is now proudly the owner of it’s own purpose built school in Bang-Rak.

It is sincerely hoped that everyone will continue to support them.

A huge “Thank You” to you all.

Yours sincerely on behalf of all FSNSS members past and present,

David Wilkinson


Nov/Dec 2016: Rotary Club of Samui are currently completing a security wall and gates to the school, which, if the rains hold off, should be completed in the near future.



On Sunday 13th November starting at intervals vehicles will be given a set of numbered  clues. These when identified will send them on an afternoon drive around the quieter parts of the island. The team with the highest number of correct answers will be declared the winners. In the event of a Tie lowest mileage will decide the winner.


The event will start at the car park adjacent to the Seatran Car Park located opposite the Ice factory on corner of the seafront road (As per last year) at 14.00. On completion competitors will meet at Max Murphy’s Bar in Nathon where complimentary refreshments will be provided thanks to Mr. Paul Watson during which the winners will be declared.

Entry is THB2.000 per vehicle

Applications to David Nixon – davidnixon37@gmail.com along with (a) Number of people in your team. (b) Name of your team. (c) Name and contact details of your captain.





schoolbuilding-oct2016 THE SAMUI FOUNDATION SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL NEEDS FORMERLY OPENED ON Sunday 4th September 2016 by B.T.W. Deputy Minister Khun Anusaree Tubsawan.










Adele Smith (Rotary Club Samui) with Claudia and David Wilkinson (FSNSS) meeting BTW deputy Minister, Khun Anusaree Tubsawan.

Once again a huge THANK YOU to ROTARY CLUB SAMUI who have announced a further generous donation of approx. B200K which will be used to erect a perimeter fence with both vehicular and pedestrian access gates.

A meeting took place last week at the new school premises whereby The Intercontinental Hotel – Samui discussed installing a “Sensory Room” and Playroom to be located on the first floor. Further news to follow as matters progress.

Have kindly agreed to donate air conditioning units.

He[p is still urgently required to finalise the landscaping etc surrounding the school. Some local nurseries have very kindly offered to donate some plants, Shrubs and Trees. Is there anyone willing to take on this project? (Please contact info.fsnss@mail.com)

Special Needs School Official Opening


The President of the Samui Special Needs Foundation

requests the pleasure of your Company at the opening of the Special Needs Foundation School building at the location noted in the map below.

Starting at 0900 hours on Sunday 4th September 2016
(refreshments will be available before and after the Ceremony)

For catering purposes please RSVP to Ying Robertson at robertson468@hotmail.com


Mind Your Language School course fee percentage donation


We are pleased to announce that “MIND YOUR LANGUAGE SCHOOL” (generally considered by many to be the finest language school on the island) are holding an intensive “2 weeks to speak” Thai course beginning on 26th September until 7th October. They have kindly offered to donate 10% of course fees to the Special Needs School here on Samui.

Please scroll down for more information and make your bookings directly with Mind Your Language School





2 Weeks to Speak – Intensive Thai Course

Next course:- 26 September – 7 October 2016


Speak Thai from the very 1st hour
95% of your time spent speaking Thai
Most commonly used words and phrases
Teachers with more than 15 years experience
Includes learning materials
Maximum 8 students per course
14900 THB – 5 Hours/Day, 5 Days/Week, Monday – Friday

We currently have 4 levels of intensive conversation courses and 4 levels of intensive reading and writing courses with more in production.

CONTACT US early to pre-learn the vocabulary.   www.mindyourlanguagethailand.com

Our mailing address is:
Mind Your Language, Thailand
142/7 Moo 1, Soi Khoa Prah
Bophut, Koh Samui
Surat Thani, 84320, Thailand
email: chaweng@ mindyourlanguagethailand.com
Tel: 077 962088

Round the Island Run Fund Raiser


It started off as four runners looking to beat the previous record of Round the Island Run which was 6 hours and 55 minutes, however the four runners decided to put their efforts to even better use, by using the run as a vehicle to raise much needed funds for The Samui Special Needs Foundation.  This they did very handsomely by raising 120,000, baht themselves, plus a further 20,000 raised through the efforts of the Foundation itself.  Total amount donated 140,000 baht.  There were of course a few small incidental expenses such as cost of running vests and a complimentary payment to the brilliant support team, who provided medical cover and several safety vehicles to follow the runners all the way round the Island.  The Runners said that the Support Team, lead by Khun Sadanan did a fantastic job and they could not have asked for more.

The individual times of the Runners, which incidentally all beat the previous record were as follows:
Michael Biedermann – 5 hours and 55 minutes.
Denis Sarychev – 6 hours and 3 minutes.
Laurent Gas – 6 hours and 9 minutes.
Andrea Orru – 6 hours and 26 minutes.

Everyone said they thoroughly enjoyed the event, so much so, that they are discussions taking place about the possibility of doing it again next year, but hopefully with even more runners.  So watch this space Folks.

The Foundation would like to thank all the Runners, the Support Team and the Organiser (Khun Ying) for all their wonderful efforts, so that the Special Needs Children on Koh Samui may benefit from this wonderful event.


Samui Charity Regatta 2016


This years Samui Charity Regatta was held on Sunday the 15th of May and was presented by the Koh Samui Rotary Club. The sailing during the day was great fun for all and took place in Chaweng Bay. The Escape Yacht generously participated as both the spectator boat and also the Start/Finish line. Simon James from Regatta Asia assisted by planning the course and timing the races. The results from the day were (Moonshadow) skippered by Mick Grover in first , (Freewind) skippered by Nick Smith in second and (TurboCat) skippered by Gail in third. A fantastic evening event was hosted at the OZO Chaweng Samui and a night of fundraising was presented by Jake Robinson. The local community came together to raise plenty of money for local causes and all had a great day.

 Samui Charity Regatta 2016



As one can see from the following photographs the “Special Needs School – Samui” is almost completed, with only a few further details such as Guttering and railings etc to finish. The result is a magnificent tribute to everyone who has so kindly committed time, effort and funds to this project.

The final outstanding matters are:-
a) The completion of Hard and Soft landscaping.
b) Furnishing and equipping of the interior.

The Rotary Club of Canada has kindly sent B50.000.00 towards installing furnishings, though further donations are still required.

Can anyone assist us in carrying out the landscaping? If so please contact Claudia (Eng) info.fsnss@gmail.com or Ying (Thai) onumarobertson@hotmail.com

Details of the “Grand Opening” will be announced shortly.
Thank you.

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On Tuesday the 1st March Khun Supattra Jirathiwat on behalf of the Central Group (Centara Hotels) proudly presented a cheque for the sum of THB 420,000.00 towards the completion of the Samui Foundation Special Needs School. A gathering which included a number of dignatoriesf dignatories – Vice Govenor of Surat Thani, Directors from Samui hospital and the Thai Hoteliers Assn. (K.S.)


Since the concept of constructing a purpose built school for Samui’s special needs children four years ago, thanks to the generosity of so many, we are now approaching completion, with floor tiling, installation of doors and windows plus decoration to finish the basics. Help is still required to furnish the school and landscape the surrounding area.

Anyone who can offer assistance please contact – info.fsnss@gmail.com


School under construction






The Rotary Club of Samui have just announced that in addition to their earlier funding including the schools roof and windows, they will further contribute the grand sum of THB 192.000 to complete the installation of all the doors.

School under construction

On behalf of the FSNSS and the Samui Foundation for Special Needs may I express our sincere appreciation to Rotary and all of their members.

(If you have not yet visited the school please do. It is located just off the approach road to the Crocodile Farm, LHS from Bangrak. After the zig- zag bend turn first right onto the dirt road and proceed for approx. 100 mtrs where the school can be clearly seen).