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13th Jesters Care for Kids Children’s Fair Sept. 12

Jesters Fair is finally here!

Military, police crack whips to break anti-social students

13th Jesters Care for Kids Children’s Fair Sept. 12

(L to R) Jesters Care for Kids Public Relations Coordinator Tony Malhotra, Jesters Care for Kids Chairman Lewis ‘Woody’ Underwood, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Managing Director of the Diana Group Sopin Thappajug, and Projects Supervisor Bernie Tuppin officially announce the Children’s Fair will be held on Sept. 12 with the Party Night on Sept. 18.

Tony Malhotra
JCD PR Coordinator

Jesters Care for Kids’ annual Children’s Fair kicks off Sept. 12 with the organization’s Party Night set for Sept. 18. All proceeds go to help underprivileged children at area schools and centers.

The 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. festivities were officially announced Sept. 2 at a press conference attended by Jesters Care for Kids Chairman Lewis ‘Woody’ Underwood, Pattaya City Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Managing Director of the Diana Group Sopin Thappajug, Jesters Care for Kids Public Relations Coordinator Tony Malhotra and Projects Supervisor Bernie Tuppin.

The fair opens at 10 a.m. with an opening speech by Chairman Lewis Underwood and Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, ribbon-cutting ceremony by VIPs, Harley-Davidson motorcycle parade and school marching band performances.

During the day there will be stage performances by children and GMM Grammy recording artists, including Ten, Wink and Atom. Many games and activities for children will be held as clowns and jugglers stroll amongst the kids. There will also be plenty to eat, with 85 stalls offering all sorts of refreshments.

There will also be a presentation of bicycles to “best of the class” Fountain of Life kids in memory of Chris Kays and a children’s raffle drawing for prizes donated by the Pattaya Sports Club.

Six days later, on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Party Night will take place at Jameson’s Irish Pub beginning at 6 p.m. with fun activities for adults, including an auction of items for charity, including a Newcastle football jersey signed by Alan Shearer; a UEFA Euro 2008 ball signed by Rod Stewart, signed American footballs from Bret Favre and Peyton Manning and more.

The Grand Raffle drawing will award a Honda Scoopy-i, a 30,000-baht rental voucher from Q Cars, a Nokia E71 telephone, and hotel stays at the Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai; Marriott Resort & Spa Bangkok and Hua Hin; Anantara Resort in Krabi and Hua Hin; Centara Grand Mirage in Naklua and more. PMTV’s Paul Strachan will be the host with Bob Philp as the auctioneer.

Jesters Fair is finally here!

Lewis Underwood

It’s Showtime! The annual Jesters Children’s Fair is this Sunday, September 12th at the Diana Garden Resort and Driving Range in North Pattaya. And, man, are we ready to put on a gala happening for you, your families and friends!

The fun officially begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday but, of course, stallholders will be there much earlier; some from the first light of dawn to decorate and prepare their stalls. In fact, many stallholders come the day before on Saturday in the late afternoon, not only to see the transformation of a driving range into a fairground, but also to find out their stall location and to move in heavier items.

Even after staging our fair in the very same place for the last 9 years, some people still have trouble finding their way. This is understandable as some of the streets in the vicinity of the venue have multiple names, including the soi where the Diana Garden Resort is situated.

Consequently we are providing a clearer map to help you find the way, along with some easy directions.

From Sukhumvit Highway: Whether you are coming from the north or south, turn off Sukhumvit Highway at the traffic lights onto Pattaya North Road (Pattaya Nua). After 100 meters, take the first left and then the very next right. The Diana Garden Resort is about 100 meters further on your left.

From Pattaya 3rd Road: Proceed on this road until you see the Pattaya Golf Driving Range to the west (beach side). Directly across from that is the road you turn into to the east. Follow the twisting soi till you come to our Fair entrance on the right.

From Central Pattaya Road: Turn north off Central Pattaya Road at the lights in front of Carrefour onto Soi SS Villa, or Soi Yume, and continue past the Luk Dod Shop. Just before you get to North Pattaya Road, you turn left and it’s just 100 meters away on your left.

Moreover, there will be plenty of signage to the Diana Garden Resort along all roads and junctions mentioned above to help you too. Look for not only the Diana signs, but also for the banners with our friendly yellow-face logos to show you the way.

Alternatives: You can also go to the Diana Inn on Second Road and catch their shuttle bus to the Fair venue. It leaves every two hours starting at 7 a.m. Then again, you can take a baht bus or motorcycle taxi, and simply say ‘Jester’, but be sure you accent the last syllable, so it sounds like, Jes-STAAR!

And if none of the above works, please call the Diana Garden Resort at 038 415212-23 for directions in both Thai and English.

For more information about our charity drive and events, please visit our website at www.care4kids.info.

See you Sunday!

Military, police crack whips to break anti-social students

Teamwork is also a big part of the training.

Patcharapol Panrak

About 200 aggressive Sattahip-area students got a taste of military-style discipline when the Royal Thai Marines cooperated with police and Pathum Thani Technical College to stage a day-long physical and psychological training seminar.

The Aug. 28 session at the 3rd Battalion Infantry Regiment in Plutaluang saw the anti-social teens forced to lie on wet ground, crawl through the mud and submit in a number of ways to military orders. The goal was to teach respect for authority and obedience to students with a history of fighting, gang activity and other disruptive behavior.

The indoctrination began with a respectful worship service at the King Rama III monument. Boys and girls were then separated at the marine camp, where they underwent psychological testing. Physical training came next, with students crawling on their elbows and getting dirty. Officials said such exercises teach patience and tolerance.

Lt. Col. Uthen Nuipin, assistant secretary with the Children, Youth and Women’s Protection Center, said student behavior is getting out of hand in Thailand. Police and military organizations want to take action before the bad behavior morphs into crime, he said.

Officials say exercises like these teach students patience and tolerance.

A drill sergeant barks out orders for the students to follow.