Vol. XIII No. 23
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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Rayong women and children’s shelter opens

BUPA throws a party

Rayong Ladies Circle helps 108 school children

Seafood lunch on the curriculum for kids of Mabprachan School

ISE thespians produce and perform Grease

‘Kids Caring For Kids’ – Jesters 2005 Charity Drive

Mobile service supports the needy

Pacific Park celebrates anniversary by donating to needy children

Rayong women and children’s shelter opens

Suchada Tupchai

The Children and Family Shelter was opened in Rayong on May 28 by Mrs Napha Setthakorn, director of the Office for the Prevention of Trafficking of Women and Children.

The shelter’s director, Srisuda Thaomuangjai, said that the main support had come from the Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) led by club president Sharon Tibbits; from Jester Care 4 Kids led by Lewis Underwood; Pattaya Sports Club represented by its charity chairman Bernie Tuppin; and Helle Rantsen, PILC welfare chairperson and member of the Rayong Ladies Circle.

As a single building 20m long by 8m wide, the shelter does not have the capacity to support children and people with family problems. It will be used by staff working with those in distress, and as a primary child shelter. Construction started on February 10 this year and the building was completed within 60 working days to a 1,100,000 baht budget.

PILC welfare chairperson Helle Rantsen said that all people using this shelter will receive a warm welcome and be readied for the next step in their recovery.

Before the opening ceremony the children performed a Thai musical show. Presenters, members and the public were later introduced to officials from the Office for the Prevention of Trafficking of Women and Children, the Social Development and Welfare Department, and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

Napha Setthakorn beats the gong to announce the official opening.

All the dignitaries present took part in the ribbon cutting during the center’s opening.

Napha Setthakorn presents a shield of thanks to Lewis Underwood, Jester Care 4 Kids.

Napha Setthakorn presents a shield of thanks to Helle Rantsen, PILC welfare chairperson and member of the Rayong Ladies Circle.

Napha Setthakorn presents a shield of thanks to Sharon Tibbits, Pattaya International Ladies Club president.

Napha Setthakorn presents a shield of thanks to Pattaya Sports Club charity chairman, Bernie Tuppin.

Napha Setthakorn, director from the Office for the Prevention of the Trafficking in Women and Children, gives an opening speech.

Residents put on a fun show as part of the festivities.

BUPA throws a party

BUPA managing director, Thailand, Karen Carter (left), joins in the fun.

BUPA recently collected 50,000 baht from customers and staff members for the Ban Kru Noi Foundation in Bangkok – providing shelter and day care for more than 100 underprivileged children.

Nearly 30 BUPA volunteers joined in a fun gala games day and B-B-Q with prizes generously donated by Carrefour’s supermarket chain.

Funds distributed will outfit more kids with uniforms, books, and many other teaching aids.

Rayong Ladies Circle helps 108 school children

Helle Rantsén
welfare chairperson

About 4 km from a town called Ban Chang there is a small primary school for 140 children from kindergarten to year 6. The children come from the near by area, mostly from poor families. Out of the 140 children, 70 of them receive a government school lunch every day, the budget being 7 baht per meal per child. I had a look at today’s lunch and it was soup with some sort of a root and pork. The rest of the children will buy their own lunch and one serving costs 5 baht.

The school’s headmaster Somsak (left) with Helle, the teachers and children during donation day.

I had visited the school earlier with other RLC members to meet the children. 108 of the children needed new school uniforms or new shoes. Socks, underwear and school activities cloths were also on the wish list. We asked a local shop in Ban Chang to help us bring all the equipment to the school instead of bringing 108 children to the shop.

All the children were waiting for us to get started and one by one they were called up to receive their new cloths. I always get so impressed with how well organised and well-behaved Thai children are, waiting patiently for their turn and with a smile on their face. Everything went according to plan - I was the only one who had not done my job properly - I didn’t bring enough underwear!

After all the children had received their new cloths it was time for a song. We sang jingle bells - perhaps a bit out of season, but enjoyed by all.

Seafood lunch on the curriculum for kids of Mabprachan School

Suchada Tupchai

A seafood lunch was on the timetable May 25 at Mabprachan School in Banglamung district, when YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya, Pattaya Sports Club and King Seafood Restaurant of Walking Street combined forces to provide a memorable party for all 84 students.

Premruedee Jittiwutthikarn tells a story to the children.

Serving up the fried rice, seafood, desserts and ice cream to a very happy school and staff were YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya president Nittaya Patimasongkroh and Premruedee Jittiwutthikarn.

Presented along with the lunch, which is part of the Warm Family project, was equipment needed by the school including a printer and a gas cooker. To improve security at the premises, an iron security gate valued at over 12,000 baht was donated to the school, and iron grilles will be installed at the windows later. A water filter will also be provided.


School head, Wattana Chankul said that Mabprachan is under the primary school class department in Sector 3, and takes students from kindergarten to primary school class 6. At present, for the 84 students they have a total of four teachers. Wattana said that the school is in need both of teachers and janitors. The building itself is old and in a state of some decay, and lacks necessary class equipment. Most of the students are from a poor background, he said.

ISE thespians produce and perform Grease

Thespians at the International School Eastern Seaboard (ISE) last weekend performed a reenactment of 1950s smash hit musical, Grease. The theatrical performance had four different showings, each attracting a surprisingly large audience. The play was performed in the school’s auditorium located inside the gated-community of Burapha Golf Course.

ISE thespians perform the musical Grease, on stage in front of an impressed audience.

The 1978 motion picture based off the original theatrical play included renowned actors like John Travolta who played the black leather wearing hunk, Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John as the attractive Sandy Olsson. While it’s tough to live up to names like Travolta and Newton-John, ISE students knocked the socks off their audiences and impressed all. Christian Leggat, Grade 8, played Danny; Eva Fleming, Grade 9, played Cha-Cha; and Nakita Cedolin, Grade 9, played Sandy.

The actors, production crew, and teachers have been preparing for months. When opening day came, and all was complete and done; everyone was proud of the team’s success. ISE has a relatively large and successful theatre program that many of its students choose to participate in. Grease is one of many annual productions that have been produced by the ISE student body.

‘Kids Caring For Kids’ – Jesters 2005 Charity Drive

Karyn Walker

Walking, baking and dancing are just some of the activities which students from the ISE and Regents schools have been involved in during the year in their quest to raise money for the Jesters ‘Care for Kids’ 2005 Charity Drive.

The Regents Student Guild recently took the opportunity of presenting Lewis Underwood with 10,000 baht, once again establishing the Regent’s Secondary Student Guild as a bronze sponsor of the 2005 charity drive.

ISE’s High School Student Council organized a sponsored walk, or ‘Walkathon’, which took place back in December 2004. Younger students walked around the school and football field, while older students followed a more strenuous route around part of the scenic 36 Hole Burapha Golf Course.

The result of all their energetic efforts was a fundraising tally of over 100,000 baht which the Student Council then used to support their carefully chosen projects, one of which being the Jesters ‘Care for Kids’ Charity Drive.

The ISE High School Student Council proudly presented Lewis Underwood with 25,000 baht, which confirmed them as a silver sponsor of this year’s charity drive. (Photo by Peter “Gin & Tonic” Woolston)

President Jackey Mucha and Secretary/Treasurer Vishal Sethi proudly presented Lewis ‘Woody’ Underwood, charity drive chairman, with 25,000 baht and were delighted to confirm the ISE High School Student Council as a silver sponsor of this year’s charity drive.

Baking and dancing have been on the agenda at the Regent’s School, with the Secondary Student Guild organizing bake sales and student discos throughout the year as part of their annual fundraising effort.

Another popular event has been ‘Mufti Day’ where students pay a ‘fine’ for the privilege of wearing their own casual clothes rather than the obligatory school uniform.

The Student Guild recently took the opportunity of presenting Lewis Underwood with 10,000 baht, once again establishing the Regent’s Secondary Student Guild as a bronze sponsor of the 2005 charity drive.

Reinforcing the message that ‘giving your time’ is also important, students from both ISE and the Regent’s School have continued their close association with the Fountain of Life Center. Football matches are just one of the many popular activities that are organized throughout the school year and give great enjoyment to all those involved.

Lewis Underwood, addressing the students, said, “It is very heartwarming to see the local school communities continuing their strong support of the Jesters Charity Drive. The students’ efforts, through planning and organizing activities that raise much needed funds, help to further one of the main goals of the charity drive. That is, to help break the cycle of poverty by giving poor and underprivileged children the chance to learn, and have a start in life that they would otherwise not get.”

The students’ well deserved summer holidays are imminent but, when they return, the teams will be out in force to help at the Jesters Children’s Fair, this year on Sunday September 11 at the Diana Garden Resort & Driving range.

Mobile service supports the needy

Narisa Nitikarn

Kitti Samanthai, chief inspector at the Ministry of Social Development and Human Safety, opened the provincial mobile service project for Chonburi province at Pattaya Muang 2 School on May 27. Also present were Pattaya Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and Banglamung District Chief Worawit Saisupatpol.

Mayor Niran spoke and gave money to Master Sarawut Kritsana (12 years old) who was born deformed.

Head of social development and human safety for the province, Somchai Sirorat said that the project would be of immense help to women, children, the underprivileged, the disabled, and the elderly. The day’s event was also arranged to disperse support money to 100 students in need, 50 low-income families and refugees, and 20 families with disabled members. Amongst the activities were massages and free haircuts.

Mayor Niran gave some private pocket money to Sarawut Kritsana, aged 12, who has to be transported on a wheelbarrow because he was born deformed, and to Paweena Kruasywan, aged 11, who suffers from osteitis.

Mayor Niran spoke to and gave his private pocket money to Miss Paweena Kruasywan (11 years old) who has osteitis.

Local dignitaries present support money to the children.

Pacific Park celebrates anniversary by donating to needy children

Suchada Tupchai

Somboon Warapanyasakul, managing director of Pacific Park Sriracha Co Ltd, hosted celebrations for the 8th anniversary of Pacific Park Sriracha Shopping Centre on May 31, an event that saw many celebrities and local dignitaries including Sriracha councilor Wuttisarn Kanchanahatthakit and Police Colonel Kunakorn Yoosawat, superintendent of Sriracha police station.

Officers take care of children during lunch.

Festivities had been held during the period May 27 to June 5, with the main ceremony being staged on May 31, the anniversary of opening day. Lunch was given to 118 children of the World Vision Foundation of Thailand, and scholarships awarded under the care of foundation board member Suthin Kumatha. Afterwards, the children enjoyed a show.

Somboon said that community support was very much a policy of the Pacific Park Centre, giving scholarships, meals, toys and school materials to needy children in Chonburi. The anniversary celebrations included performances and a draw with prizes valued at 300,000 baht.

The puppy show made the children laugh.

Pacific Park Sriracha management, celebrities and the World Vision Foundation of Thailand are photographed with the children they are helping support.

Somboon Warapanyasakul, managing director of Pacific Park Sriracha Co Ltd, gives the opening speech.

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