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Dutch ambassador’s wife donates 50,000 baht to CPDC

Pattaya Pride dinner raises 50,000 baht for HIV/AIDS charity

Aquanauts’ latest instructor discovers new career, friends & fun in Pattaya

Busy week for Charity Club of Pattaya

Dutch ambassador’s wife donates 50,000 baht to CPDC

Elfi Seitz

Baiba Braze, the wife of the Dutch ambassador to Thailand, along with the Dutch Embassy recently donated 50,000 baht to the Child Protection and Development Center.

Accompanied by embassy staff, Baiba Braze visited the shelter April 28, spoke to the children and toured the facility along with several Dutch members of the Pattaya International Ladies Club.

Baiba Braze hands out bags of school books, notebooks and pens.

After receiving a warm welcome and a short briefing of the work during the past year, Braze donated 50,000 baht to benefit the children’s education. She said she felt it was important the children learn new skills which may suit each of them in addition to normal academics.

She then spent some time with children and made a short speech. She emphasized the importance of education and encouraged the children to believe in their dreams and always give their best. Moreover, each child received a bag of books, notebooks, pens, all in bright orange colors, the color of the Netherlands.

Braze told the children they had to “earn” the donation by being good and learning as much as possible. The children, who had the speech translated by Human Help Network Director Radchada Chomjinda, were all impressed by what she said.

The children spent their afternoon looking at picture books, writing, drawing and reading happily.

Baiba Braze, embassy staff, PILC members, children and minders all pose for a group photo during the donation ceremonies.

Pattaya Pride dinner raises 50,000 baht for HIV/AIDS charity

Elfi Seitz

Almost 50,000 baht was raised for HIV/AIDS-related charity at the first Pattaya Pride welfare dinner.

To be only a guest: no way. Jim Lumsden (left) still has to make some announcements.

The April 28 event at the Pagoda Restaurant in Jomtien Complex saw restaurateur Jens Klein and his partner donate 350 baht of each food item and 10 percent of all alcoholic beverages to the gay organization.

Guests were not stingy, buying piles of lottery tickets to win one of the many prizes and donate at the same time. Emcee of the event was Klein, who gave Pattaya Pride founder Jim Lumsden a rare chance to be “only” a guest.

Jens Klein and partner Jo (3rd and 4th from right)
with guests and members of the dance group.

Aquanauts’ latest instructor discovers new career, friends & fun in Pattaya

It took her more than two years to finally arrive, but Australian world traveler Carly Hawkins finally made it to Pattaya where she has become the latest Aquanauts Dive Centre intern to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Hawkins, 28, first signed up with Aquanauts after visiting the PADI 5-Star Career Development Center’s booth at the Dive 2007 expo in Birmingham, England. The original plan called for her to arrive the following April. Then November. Then her trip got delayed indefinitely.

From left, Master Instructor Gary Tytler, Master Instructor Sally Rathbone, new OWSI Carly Hawkins and Course Director Roger M. Smith.

She finally joined Aquanauts on Soi 6 in North Pattaya in December and became an instructor April 22 at the PADI Instructor Exam at the Discovery Beach Hotel.

“It did for a while feel like I’d never make it,” Hawkins said. “But becoming a dive instructor was something I always wanted to do. I just had to find the right time to do it.”

In the years between signing up and arriving, Hawkins worked as a teacher in the United Kingdom, using her frequent school breaks to crisscross Europe to see the sights, discover new adventures and make new friends. She details many of her journeys on Facebook where, thanks to her wide travels, she’s accumulated more than 1,100 friends.

She finally made the move to Pattaya when, she says, she “just couldn’t bear another winter in the U.K.” She arrived just after Christmas and, unlike many foreign women who end up living in Pattaya, found she loved it.

“I love the convenience, the people, the lifestyle… It’s so relaxed,” she said. “The dress code is great. The girls are so friendly and I love the beach and the nightlife.”

The two highlights of Hawkins’ time in Pattaya came at the same time: mid-April, when she did both her Instructor Development Course and soaked up everything Songkran had to offer.

“I hated that the IDC was during Songkran. The instructors could see I was just dying to get out of the classroom and back out there,” she joked. After class Hawkins was off to Soi 7 where she got into the water fighting full force.

Fun aside, Hawkins acknowledges the best part of coming to Pattaya was gaining a new career thanks to her training at Aquanauts.

“They really prepared you for the Instructor Exam,” Hawkins said of the Aquanauts instructors. “The IDC was pretty stressful, but the I.E. was very easy because of it.”

What she didn’t anticipate, she added, was the number of new friends she has made through the internship program, which offers all its students accommodations, all their courses and materials, a full set of equipment, visas and more. “I thought when I came here I was going to be on my own. But all the interns are awesome.”

Now both a teacher and a professional dive instructor, Hawkins has a lot of possibilities in front of her. Her first stop will be her native Australia, where she hasn’t lived for years. Then, she says, who knows? The world and new adventures are waiting.

Busy week for Charity Club of Pattaya

Christina Boden

Yim Kids

The Charity Club of Pattaya met with Executive General Manager Ivor Rai of the All Season’s Hotel Pattaya last week to donate the proceeds of the St. George’s Day Charity Event, which took place at the Caddy Shack on 23rd April.

Christina Boden (seated) from the Charity Club of Pattaya donates proceeds for the Yim Kids Charity to Executive General Manager Ivor Rai of the All Season’s Hotel Pattaya.

The money will go to the Yim Kids Charity which helps pay for the educational needs of the Rubber Tappers’ Children, the Sea Gypsy Children and the children at the slum schools in Bangkok.

Ring Pull Donations

Another donation of ring pulls was presented to the Charity Club by Merv Pack to go with the collect from the P.I.L.C. The ring pulls are used in the manufacture of prosthesis up north, which are then used to help disabled people who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

Merv Pack donates ring pulls.

The club will take the ring pulls to the Prosthesis Foundation in Chiang Mai (www. prosthesisfoundation.or.th) after the Charity Gala Dinner, so keep them coming!

CSP Construction becomes Charity Club’s Fifth Platinum Sponsor

Christina Boden of the Charity Club of Pattaya called in at the CSP Construction Offices to see MD Tom Coghlan and to collect the sponsorship money for the Charity Gala Dinner on Saturday 5th June.

This will be the third time that CSP Construction has been a sponsor for the Club. <www.csp-construction.com>

Charity Gala Dinner

The Charity Club will be hosting its Charity Gala Dinner, Grand Prize Draw & Auction at the All Season’s Hotel Pattaya on Saturday June 5, from 7 p.m. till midnight.

(L to R) Nong, Christina and Tom Coghlan at the presentation of Platinum Sponsorship funds from CSP Construction.

Tickets for the dinner are on sale now at 1,800 baht, which includes a Thai & international buffet, free flow beer, red & white wine sponsored by The World of Wine, free bar including a selection of premium spirits and mixers. You also will be entertainment by Willie & Mandy.

For tickets contact Christina on 0895454185 - Malcolm on 089 7441040 or e-mail [email protected]