'Toon' finishes run, pulling in B56m

'Toon' finishes run, pulling in B56m

Rocker Artiwara
Rocker Artiwara "Toon Bodyslam" Kongmalai (centre) and his running team arrive in Khon Kaen's Muang district on Sunday. (Photo from kaokonlakao Facebook page)

Rock star Artiwara "Toon Bodyslam" Kongmalai, who completed his latest charity run in Khon Kaen on Sunday afternoon after running 187km from the starting line in Nong Khai, pulled in almost 56 million baht in donations.

Proceeds from Toon's two-day charity run will go to eight public hospitals in the Northeast.

As of 11.55am on Monday, public donations stood at 55.9 million baht, according to the singer's campaign website.

Toon resumed his run on Sunday morning from Non Sa-at district of Udon Thani and headed for Khon Kaen town to finish the charity fundraiser.

The run kicked off on Saturday morning from the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Muang district of Nong Khai.

Toon, accompanied by volunteer runners including actors, singers and others in the entertainment industry, ended the first day of the run in Non Sa-at district of Udon Thani, where they stayed overnight.

From Non Sa-at district, they started the second day of the run at 6am, and soon entered Khao Suan Kwang district of Khon Kaen province.

Along the route, they were cheered on by large crowds waiting to make donations.

At Khao Suan Kwang district town, Toon stopped briefly at a PTT petrol station to meet fans for a photo session and collect donations, before setting off for Nam Phong district.

They arrived in downtown Khon Kaen and finished the run at City Hall early yesterday afternoon, where they were met by well-wishers and further donations

"We want to do the charity run in all regions. We didn't think we'd receive this much in donations," Toon said after the run. "If we band together, small donations will add up to big donations which can save lives," he added.

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