Welfare Chair, PILC
Mike Thomas, head of drama at the Regents School invited
40 of the younger children from the Fountain Of Life Center to watch a stage
production of Cinderella in the globe at Regents School.
I’m too shy to go up on stage…
The director of this play was Jemma Cox, a Canadian gap
student whom is presently attending the school.
The Fountain Of Life Center is a center for slum area
children who are unable to attend local government schools due to not having
their birth papers, which would allow them to go to government school. At
the Center they receive the schooling they require and the staff and Sisters
try and locate the birth papers, which can be a long and exhausting task,
with many children not ever having papers due to different circumstances.
The teachers from the Fountain Of Life have been reading
the story to the children so they were aware of the storyline.
The day started with the children having a tour of the
early years class rooms to see artwork the Regents pupils have been doing
over the last few weeks.
A snack, drink and a play in the playground with all the
other kids came next. Then it was off to the globe theater for the play!
Cinders was played by Lisa, who did a great job. The
other students who featured in the play were as follows: Paige, Rebecca,
Maria, Sophie, Sabrina, C, Eye, Napon, Cassie, Lara, Apinain, Shanker, Jon
Kyu and Ha Eun and Hanama, being the stage managers.
The children were in awe of the stage, lighting, costumes
and the play itself.
Language was no barrier with this, as I turned to see the
lit up faces of these children and the sheer delight of being able to view a
live show in the stalls!
The day ended with a tasty lunch provided by the school
for all the students, helpers and teachers present to help out for the day.
Sister Joan and the staff of the Fountain Of Life would
like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Mike, Miss Jayne, and all the
performers on the day, who gave such a great performance.
I would also personally like to thank Tracey Hall, a
teacher at the school who has a very big heart and I know the children
enjoyed her games and antics at play time!
Thank you Regents School and we look forward to seeing
The Fountain of Life kids learn a
little about computers while at the school.
The Regents School did a great with job costumes and
The Regents’ School put on an entertaining show.
Hey, this is a fun day.
Afterwards, the kids were able to mingle with the actors.
Cast, crew and audience gather for
one big photo.
So Young, BC and Eva present funds from their
Walkathon in support of the Jesters Care For Kids charity drive to Lewis
‘Woody’ Underwood, who in turn presents them with a certificate of
The High School Student’s Council at the
International School Eastern Seaboard (ISE) has once again organized a
very successful ‘Walkathon’ on Burapha golf course and kindly donated
25,000 baht from the funds raised to the Jesters 2007 ‘Care for Kids’
Charity Drive, thus maintaining their support for the kids at the
Jesters Silver sponsorship level.
The cheque was presented to JCD chairman, Lewis
‘Woody’ Underwood, on Wednesday March 28, adding to the early fund
raising effort that is underway in the Jesters Charity Drive 10th
Representing the ISE High School Student’s Council
were So Young, president; BC, vice-president, and Eva, communications
officer. Another fine effort by one of the leading international
The Royal Varuna Yacht Club was once again the
destination for 200 children from Pak Kred foster home on Thursday March
22, for their annual ‘Kids Day Out’.
A special day for everyone.
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Bangkok South
rounded up disadvantaged children, their nurses, teachers, keepers and
the staff from their Pak Kred foster home, some 15 kilometres outside
Bangkok, and escorted the little ones to the Royal Varuna Yacht Club for
a day of fun and feasting at the seaside.
The event, now in its 11th year, received support
from Shrewsbury School, Walls, Oriental Hotel, Castrol, T&B Solutions,
Bartercard, TNT, Coca Cola, Walter Meyer & Family, local Rotary Clubs,
and of course the Rotary Club of Bangkok South and the Royal Varuna
The event organizer, Rotarian David Record, told the
press that this year they decided to give the children complete freedom,
meaning that they could either play games, have a splash in the pool,
relax on the beach and/or of course swim in the sea.
The joy on the children’s faces warms the heart.
150 adults, made up of Rotarians, teachers and
students, were on hand to ensure that the children were under constant
supervision and that the children had a most enjoyable, safe and
memorable trip to the seashore, one of the very few outings these little
people have during the course of a year. All felt the caress of the warm
south wind on their faces - many for the first time - and enjoyed life
like any child, anywhere - if only for a day.
Eckie the clown was there to entertain the little
ones who simply exploded in laughter at each and every well-rehearsed
The Oriental Hotel in Bangkok is just one of the many
sponsors that laid on a great spread of finger-licking delicacies to
keep the children’s tummies full and staff from Bumrungrad Hospital were
standing by to attend to minor injuries.
Fun and laughter were the order of the day.
Another swim, fun and games on the seafront grass
area, a last drink and finally, it was time to head for the buses
waiting outside the Varuna gates. The army of brave, cheerful little
people was wheeled, lifted, carried or managed to hobble to the exit, to
ease their way back to Pakkred, the only home they have ever known.
There were many moist eyes on the little - and not
just a few of the big - people as the buses pulled away. It was
difficult not to reflect on the vagaries of life: the innocence of the
Pakkred children who have been dealt a bad hand in the game of life, but
whose minds radiate an inner beauty which we, the able-bodied, would do
well to emulate.
They will be back again next March for the 2008 “Kids
Day Out” - the day at the seaside which - even if for only a day -
brings light and hope into lives severely limited by their physical
disabilities. For a number of the children, the seaside represents a
beauty which they can feel but not see, as they turn their faces to the
warmth of the south-westerlies which caress them for a while, before
they head back to their world of permanent darkness.
Thank you Rotary and Royal Varuna Yacht Club for
bringing joy into the lives of these unfortunates.
Each child receives special attention from fun-loving
and caring volunteers.
A fun day out for the children, and worth every minute
for the adults, as Marliese Fritz can attest.
“It’s right there! Can’t you see it?”
Eckie the clown was there to entertain the little ones
who simply exploded in laughter at each and every well-rehearsed
For a number of the children, the seaside represents a
beauty which they can feel but not see.
On this day the children enjoy life like any child,
anywhere - if only for a day.
Time for a meal, and to “ham it up” for the camera.