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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Asian U graduates celebrate at Retro Night farewell party

Woody inspires adults and students with his unrelenting charitable work

Rotary Club of Taksin Pattaya presents scholarships to needy children

Completion of ‘new roof for kids’ calls for a celebration

Ban Dorntupab Pattana School in Khorat desperately needs your help

Asian U graduates celebrate at Retro Night farewell party

This year’s Bye Nior (short for Goodbye Seniors) party was held on the evening of Saturday 5 May at the Asiawan Hotel in Naklua. This annual party was hosted by the third year students to give the fourth year graduating students a good send off.

Nat sings his heart out.
With tasty food, good company and plenty of entertainment, it was a very enjoyable evening. Students and staff dressed in 50s and 60s costumes to fit the Retro theme of the evening. The entertainment and the music provided by the students themselves, were mostly from the same era. Having just finished their end-of-year exams, the students relaxed and danced and sang and acted.
Presentations were made to many of the fourth year students, and there were special sports trophies for some of the departing youngsters who had represented their university over the past four or five years.
An award for excellence (in basketball and other sports) was given to Tee, who has successfully taken part in many of the sporting activities as well as completing his engineering degree.
Khun Panit, the University vice president, and two of the faculty Deans, Dr. Apichat and Ajarn Robert gave very short speeches.
Apart from many of the current students, some Asian U alumni and others, who had only attended the University for a short time, came along to see their friends again.
The third year students are to be congratulated on arranging an excellent evening, and a special thanks to First (3rd year BA) who was a competent and entertaining MC.

Bye Noir Queen surrounded by handsome ‘engineers’.

The young and happy ones.

The 2nd Year Choir, touched the hearts of the audience.

Third year dancers, sure had some groovy moves.

Nan, Sanz and Wan, pause for a photo shoot.

Parn and Por a pretty pair of first year twins.

Jai and Wen are crowned the king and queen of Bye Noir.

Woody inspires adults and students with his unrelenting charitable work

St. Andrews students present Woody with their donation towards the Jester Care 4 Kids Charity Drive.

Ingrid Cunliffe
On Thursday, 10th May, Lewis ‘Woody’ Underwood, president of the Jesters Care for Kids was invited to the coffee morning at St Andrews International School in Green Valley to talk about the Jesters and the great charity work they are involved in.
This was a timely visit as the high school students together with Meryl, PTG representative, presented Woody with 10,000 baht for A Bronze sponsorship for the Jesters Family Fun day coming up the 9th of September, this year.

Andy Harrison, Head of the school and Khun Sunnae the industrious secretary admiring the Jesters merchandise for this year.
The school has supported this great charity for the last few years and is very proud to be associated with this mammoth fund raising effort the Jesters do every year.
Woody went on to talk to the parents and teachers present about the wonderful charities the Jesters support and how the monies raised gets divided between these needy causes.
A history of how the Jesters formed was also related to the gathering, and it is inspiring to see how it has evolved into the fantastic charity that is today and how well known it has become through out the world.
It was a great coffee morning and I am sure many parents are now more aware of the role the Jesters play within our community.
Please put these two dates in your calendars, Sunday 9th September at the
Diana Garden Resort for the fabulous Jesters Children’s Fair and Saturday 15th
September is the Jesters Party Night at Jameson’s Irish Pub. Please come along and help support the Jesters and their annual charity drive.

Rotary Club of Taksin Pattaya presents scholarships to needy children

Pranom, John and Bob present scholarships to the children.

The Rotary Club Of Taksin-Pattaya (RCOTP) has a successful on-going project working in conjunction with the Nongprue Sub-District and individual sponsors. The project is called simply, “The Children’s Project”
This project supports children from poor families with schooling costs, and makes donations every quarter. On Friday 11 May 2007, project chairman, Incoming President John Botting along with Treasurer Bob Denzil and Rotarian Pranom Schwenger (Nom) attended a special ceremony to make presentations to the children. A total of 50,400 Baht was given out to the children to buy school uniforms, shoes, sport clothing, school books and stationary and for two children additionally support them with 2 meals daily and school transportation costs.
This greatly helps the families of these children and removes a large financial burden from the parents/carers.
We would like to thank, the Real Estate Magazine, Pattaya Trader, Northshore Real Estate and Town & Country Property plus some individual donors who all contribute regular amounts into this project throughout the year.

Completion of ‘new roof for kids’ calls for a celebration

The children were thrilled to get new lockers to keep their things.

Ingrid Cunliffe
On Monday May 7, Lewis ‘Woody’ Underwood, president of the Jesters Care for Kids together with Erin, Kathleen and Ingrid, the Pattaya International Ladies Club Welfare team, went to the Drop In Center to celebrate the completion of a new roof at the center.
The Center is a safe haven for street kids who need medical assistance, a bed for the night or a hearty meal, of which 3 a day are provided. The doors are always open and a kind-hearted person to listen or help is always available.
Accommodation consists of a three-storey building of which only one floor at present is being utilized. The bottom floor is being used as office space.
This project has been funded by the joint efforts of the Jesters and the Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC).
The roof has been long overdue for an over haul because during heavy downpours, the third floor would be flooded and rainwater would flow down causing damage to the lower floors.
Now that the roof has been repaired work has begun to renovate the third floor to be utilized as accommodations for older children, some of who have had to live in staff quarters.
Khun Jar and his team from the Father Ray Foundation expresses his sincere gratitude to the Jesters Care 4 kids and the Pattaya International Ladies Club. But most of all, the children were the happiest and expressed their gratitude to the visitors.
We look forward to continued support for this worthwhile center.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to the benefactors at the end of the visit.

Ban Dorntupab Pattana School in Khorat desperately needs your help

Ban Dorntupab Pattana is a Primary school situated in a rural farming area in Amphur Kong, about 70 K north of Khorat city. It is a happy school with 125 children, caring teachers and generally good classroom and outdoor facilities set in ample grounds. Previous personal donations have been towards a garden project and supplying children’s books for the library.
The one area that falls short of the required standard is the school kitchen that needs decorating, re-furbishing and a new refrigerator. This is by no means a huge project, but one that is essential for the children’s well being. In addition, two garden areas, constructed for growing vegetables, require overhead netting. It is a typical country primary school serving families in the immediate farming locality and, like many local schools of this type, the children put on an impressive show to celebrate New Year and other festive holidays.

Pattaya Mail Mike Franklin Golf Classic Charity Tournament have pledged our help.
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Call Mike Franklin: 08 1861 8036
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These pictures speak for themselves.

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