Fan Visits Everton Chang

A life-long Blues fan has praised the work of Chang and Everton after visiting the village in Thailand named after the Club.

The village of Ban Naan Khem was devastated when the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 struck.

Fundraising by Chang and Everton raised in excess of £100,000 and subsidised the building of 50 houses as well as a football field, leading to the village being renamed the Everton-Chang Village.

Alan Burnes had read about the work that had gone on and on a family holiday in January decided to visit the area for himself.

Fan Alan Burnes visits Everton Chang

"My wife comes from Thailand and when we booked a trip to Phuket I discovered it was just two hours away from the Everton-Chang village," Alan explained.  "I had read about the village on evertonfc.com so I contacted the Club and they arranged for a Chang representative to give us a tour of the area.

"The experience was inspirational.  We were welcomed by everyone at Chang and the local people who were happy to show us their homes."

Alan met with survivors of the Tsunami to talk about their experiences and remember those family members who were lost in disaster.

The 67-year-old Evertonian also visited boats that were washed up to one kilometre inland, which have remained where they lay as a memorial to all who perished.

"My main memory of my trip to the Everton-Chang village is meeting the children there.  They were so happy to just be able to play football and put the Tsunami behind them."

Fan Alan Burnes visits Everton Chang

With the money raised for the appeal fund, Everton and Chang built a football pitch for the local people.

"These families had lost everything including many family members but it was nice to see the youngsters out playing with smiles on their faces," said Alan.

"These people had been though so much and they will never forget the tragedy.  One woman told me she now sleeps in her clothes just in case another Tsunami strikes and she can run from her home.  Another revealed that she worries every time she sees a similar tragedy on the television even it is nowhere near Thailand.  They live with the constant worry that their lives will be torn apart again in a matter of seconds.

"But the work Everton and Chang have done to help these families rebuild their lives is superb," he continued.  "It makes me so proud to be an Evertonian after seeing the village for myself.

"Chang and the Club care about the community there and thanks to the work going on there means these families can start o rebuild their lives."

Related Tags

Comments

Login or register to post your comment.

Season Ticket, Lounge or We Are Everton Member?

Login then click HERE to check out the latest exclusive content, including player features, classic highlights, interviews and more.

evertontv

View More
  • SILVA: SQUAD STRENGTH KEY TO PALACE SUCCESS
    104
  • WATCH: PICKFORD, TOSUN & CALVERT-LEWIN ON PALACE WIN
    246
  • Everton 2 - 0 Crystal Palace - 5 minute highlights
    53
  • Everton 2 - 0 Crystal Palace - 20 minute highlights
    32
  • WATCH: BLUES TRAIN AHEAD OF PALACE CLASH
    750
  • EVERTON BOSS SILVA AIMING FOR GOODISON FORTRESS
    355