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Rotarians help with polio drops

Pattaya’s young talents sparkle

Regent’s service group busy with HIV/AIDS awareness

Rotarians help with polio drops

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Rotarians turned out to help Pattaya Public Health Department officials give the second round of polio vaccination drops to young children.

Children receive polio vaccination drops.
On January 14 the Pattaya Public Health Center on Soi Buakao was busy when children under five years of age came for their polio drops.
Thai and foreign parents brought their children for their second vaccinations, the first being given last month on December 17.
Polio vaccination is being carried out in 20 Pattaya schools, in 30 communities and at 28 pre-adolescent development centers. This campaign has received a good response from teachers and community volunteers.
Na-Anya Chantharakat, chief of the Contagious Disease Protection and Prevention Office, said the vaccination service started in 1994. It was created by the Ministry of Public Health to protect children from polio in high risk areas. Pattaya City also participated, aware of the greater risk of polio in a mobile population.
Polio is a viral disease that can damage the nervous system and cause paralysis. The ministry aims to eradicate this disease and set up National Public Health Plan 6 now in operation.

Officials give polio drops to children.

Rotarians lend a hand or two.

Pattaya’s young talents sparkle

The winning band, Lunatic.

Vimolrat Singnikorn
The young band Lunatic not-so-sanely won the Pattaya Young Talent 2009 contest.
Competing for the first time in the band category, the five young musicians won for themselves a 10,000-baht scholarship and a trophy, even without the sixth member of the band who could not make it that day.

Youths perform in the Pattaya Young Talent competition.
On January 10 at Tiffany Show Pattaya, managing director Sutham Phanthusak and deputy managing director Alisa Phanthusak opened the final round of Pattaya Young Talent 2009.
Twenty singers and three bands were ready, having been selected for the final round on Children’s Day. Winners in all categories received trophies from Her Royal Highness Soamsawalee along with scholarships and prizes from sponsors.
Alisa said that this competition was held for the first time to give opportunity for Pattaya youths to show their talents.
The event was a collaboration between Tiffany Show Pattaya, Pattaya Fah Mai Group and Siam Yamaha Music School and will become an annual event from now on.
Praw Studio and dancers from the Pattaya Dancing Club kicked started the show.
Then singers took the stage. The under-12 Thai song category was won by Intira Morales, 12, from Aksornthepprasit School with the song “Rong Ram Jai”.
The under-12 international song was won by Bandita Kongsomrit, 11, from Thammasirisuksa School.
In the Thai song category for aged 13-18, the winner was Chalermwut Timsaeng, 17, from Sriracha School.
Yvonne Sorensen, 16, won the international song section of that category with the song “The voice within” from Christina Aguilera.
Ballets from Dance Studio and a performance from ATC of Kingston Business School of Pattaya closed the energetic competition but not before 97 scholarships were presented to hardworking low-income students.

Winners and sponsors of the Pattaya Young Talent 2009 competition gather on stage for a final round of applause.

Regent’s service group busy with HIV/AIDS awareness

Natasha Pinto
Year 13 IB Student
Assistant Service Pillar Leader

The first term at The Regent’s School was an event filled term, incredibly busy and stressful, but very rewarding! There were service events one after each other and each time we were very impressed by how people took part and became more aware of our ongoing AIDS awareness projects.

Our whole school AIDS assembly went very well at the end of World Around Us Week.
Starting with the annual AIDS awareness beaded badges sale from Kidzpositive in South Africa, we were able to raise a good sum of money with our new exciting designs and items such as bracelets, pens and pins. We were selling them every break and lunchtime under the clock tower and had precious help from a committed group of year 12 students that did a great job. This was a long term event since it took place for the whole term and from day one till the end it was a huge success!
Our next big hit was the bake sale. It was very popular and our profit was greater than expected. This became an incentive to both Kyla and I since seeing how enthusiastic people were about taking part in such fund raising events made us want to come up with further ideas through the RS Service Group.

The annual AIDS awareness began with the beaded badges sale from Kidzpositive in South Africa.
The Round Square Service Group activity that was run by Kyla (Service Pillar Leader) every Thursday after school had students from years 7 to 13. During the activity they helped promote AIDS awareness by making the free red AIDS awareness ribbons that were passed out on World AIDS Day (1st December). They also made posters that were placed around the school, and helped sell AIDS awareness badges under the clock-tower during lunch and break times.
As well as that, the group made 300 goodie bags full of school supplies and snacks for HIV positive children in a hospital in Chachoengsao.
On the Friday of World Around Us Week, a red mufti day was held to raise money since red is the official awareness colour for HIV/AIDS. The Student Guild collected the money and then very generously donated all of the money raised to the AIDS awareness campaign. It was great to see so many people getting involved and together supporting AIDS awareness!
Our whole school AIDS assembly went very well at the end of World Around Us Week. Once more, we were able to join a representative from each country in the school and together form an AIDS ribbon as a symbol of our union and passion towards AIDS awareness. Additionally, there were informative slide shows throughout the creation of the ribbon to create a broader awareness of the magnitude of this growing issue.
Finally, on World AIDS Day, students and teachers were all given a red ribbon to wear throughout the day. Adding to that was the very entertaining gappie Vs. student basketball game. However, this was not an ordinary game, as throughout the preceding weeks students donated money so that the male gappies would have to wear dresses … whilst playing! Once more, everyone contributed for a great cause where all the collected money went to our AIDS awareness projects and at the same time everyone was able to enjoy themselves!

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