with polio drops
Rotarians turned out to help Pattaya Public Health Department
officials give the second round of polio vaccination drops to young
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
Rotarians lend a hand or two.
Pattaya’s young talents sparkle
The winning band, Lunatic.
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
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
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
The under-12 international song was won by Bandita Kongsomrit, 11, from
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
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
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
whole school AIDS assembly went very well at the end of World Around Us
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
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!