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HIV / AIDS awareness at The Regent’s School

Asian University student represents Thailand at 120th Anniversary Events

Lions feed students

HIV / AIDS awareness at The Regent’s School

Jenny, Assistant Pillar Leader of Service
Year 12 IB Student

On November 30, the Regent’s School Pattaya had their AIDS assembly and invited Dr. Philippe Seur from Heartt2000 and Miss Louise from the Life Center to donate the money raised by the RS Service Group to them. The aim of this AIDS awareness project was to increase the AIDS awareness, also to raise money to help those people with AIDS all around the world. Overall, the Round Square Service Group raised over 57,000 baht and donated it equally to four different organizations: Kidzpositive in South Africa; Heartt2000 in Pattaya; The Camillian Center in Rayong and the Life Center in Bangsaen.

Jenny and Cat leading the AIDS awareness assembly.
The Round Square Service Group has been working on this project since September. AIDS badges were sold both in the primary and the secondary schools under the clock tower at every break time and lunchtime. This year the service group also introduced the new AIDS pens. These two AIDS products were very popular in the Regent’s School. There were also posters around the school that tried to increase the awareness of HIV and AIDS. On November 27, we also had a bake sale that tried to fundraise for people with AIDS, and generated around 3,500 baht.
On November 30, the whole school wore the red AIDS ribbon, which is a symbol of sympathy and remembrance. In the AIDS assembly, we attempted to increase the knowledge of AIDS and most importantly, to increase the awareness. Year 10 Drama performed a hard-hitting piece on HIV and AIDS, and many questions were asked. We also displayed every nationality’s (over 40 in our school) living with AIDS population and the prevalence rate and got the representative from each country to make the shape of an AIDS ribbon on the stage. The whole assembly was very successful and effective.

Joyce points out the importance of wearing her AIDS beaded badge with pride.
The Round Square Service Group would like to thank the Primary School for raising 9,600 baht by selling the AIDS badges and the parents who brought in food and bakeries for the AIDS bake sale. Also, Mr. Shu Chang Nan who donated 3,000 baht for this AIDS project.
To conclude, we should give a great thank you for the Round Square Services Group for doing all this hard work over this last term. Without them, this AIDS project wouldn’t be able to be this successful. We should also thank Mr. Crouch who helped by giving ideas and encouragement, as well as sharing some of his experience with previous AIDS projects. He encouraged us to think more about the people we were helping than focusing just on the amount of money raised.
Even though the AIDS day has passed, remember AIDS will probably never stop. We should always care about people with AIDS and never discriminate.

Jenny presents over 20,000 baht to Dr. Philippe of Heartt2000
and Ms. Louise from the Life Centre.

Hyun Jin interviews Mr. Lewis about the difference between HIV+ and HIV-.

Karina and Rosaleen proudly wear their Kidzpositive beaded badges.

Asian University student represents Thailand at 120th Anniversary Events

Fon (second left) plays Koto in Japan.

2007 was the 120th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand and Japan, and there were many celebrations throughout both countries. Nattasuda Anusonadisai (Fon), a second year student at Asian University was chosen to represent Thailand at one such event.
She writes:

Fon dances in Japan.
“I was invited to perform Thai Dances in a prefecture called Saga on Kyushu Island. Despite the fact that I was a solo dancer, there were a couple of youngsters from Udon Thani invited to present how well Thai agricultural areas are being developed, with Japan’s support. The main event was held on December 2, but we got there a week earlier because of the meetings with the governor plus some formal preparation and practices. Frankly speaking, I was so tense. All the governmental processes went smoothly and the governor was so sweet. He even tried to make conversations about sports: “How was the last Thai vs Japan baseball score?” Baseball is so popular in Japan but I hardly ever heard anybody speak about it in Thailand or, do they? After all the governmental complexity, we were taken to see the local sights and we visited some high schools and ‘Care for the community’ houses.
“A couple of days before the main event, my adopted ‘mother’ (the one I have known for many years, from back when I was on an exchange program) was informed that I had to play the Koto (a Japanese musical instrument) for the opening, in my dance costume! It took me ages to recall all those lessons, and to tell the truth, I was way more excited and worried about this than my twenty minutes of three Thai dances.
“When the day of the performance came, a stagehand briefed me to get behind the curtain once the Koto playing was finished, then catch my breath before going out to perform my two songs. It was not easy, because those two songs lasted for about seventeen minutes and I had to give my professional smile to the audience for the whole time. So when anybody asks how I felt about it, I simply said ‘Good’, just to make sure that I am not fainting while doing the next performance. The first two dances were ‘Rabum Sri Nuan’ and ‘Rabum Mae Bot Lek’ which belong to the middle Thai and the last one that required a different costume is called ‘Rabum Sri Wichai’ from Southern Thailand.
“I admit it was tiring but it really was worth doing and I was so happy and grateful that I got the chance to represent my country - it is an honour that I will remember for the rest of my life. Besides, it was so exciting to be in the Japanese newspapers and on the local TV!”

Lions feed students

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Members of the Lions Club of Chonburi Pratamnak Pattaya District 310 C served lunch to students at Wat Kaopotong School on December 27, as a New Year treat.
Leading the Lions were Komkrit Prasitnarits and Somsakdi Naksonti, and school director Prakorb Chomjan welcomed them and their team.

Children from Wat Kaopotong School says thank you to the kindhearted people for offering them lunch.
Prakorb said that the school has received support from the Lions Club and other private organizations before. Donations have included a refrigerator and a water cooler, together with scholarships. The school is now in need of renovations to be made to its cafeteria, which has to be increased in size to accommodate the growing number of students.
The school receives funds from Nongprue Municipality to buy food, which is then prepared on the premises.
Wat Kaopotong School is located at Moo 4 on Pornprapanimit Road, in Nongprue Sub-district, and comes under the Office of the Basic Education Commission at the Ministry of Education. It was established in 1976, and received cooperation from the inhabitants of the Nongprue and Pong Sub-districts. Village chief Kuan Tongbai donated a total of 5 rai, 3 ngan, and 55 square meters of his land to the government for the school.
Because the school is located next to Kaopotong Temple, it was called Wat Kaopotong School. Currently it teaches students from kindergarten class 1 to primary school class 6. There are seven permanent teachers and four substitute teachers, and 263 students.

 Members of the Lions Club of Chonburi Pratamnak Pattaya District 310 C offer lunch to the students from Wat Kaopotong School.

Members of the Lions Club of Chonburi Pratamnak Pattaya District 310 C pose with students during lunch.

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