Fassbind remembrance dinner to raise funds for elderly folks

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With a continually aging population, we all wonder what life has in store for us as we get older.

Back in the West, there is a good (or is it bad?) chance that that you would be put in a senior citizens home. In Asia, it is normal practice to remain with the family, who will take care of the elderly relative.

But what happens when they have no family and are not really able to take care of themselves? In the Pattaya Area, they are fortunate enough that there is a government complex, called the “Banglamung Home for the Aged” situated north of Pattaya on Highway 3.

The A.X. Fassbind Medical Home where the elderly frail and sick need your support.The A.X. Fassbind Medical Home where the elderly frail and sick need your support.

The home may be set in beautiful surroundings, but they still need our help.

The late A X Fassbind, also known as “Mr Pattaya”, donated the Fassbind Medical Hospital to take care of the residents, some of which have failing health. The maintenance and upkeep of the medical centre is financed by a special fund managed by the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya.

This year, we have made repairs to the roof and created a new ward by relocating the nurses’ station and storage area.

In the past, we have used the Fassbind Memorial Fund to make improvements to the housing blocks by providing concrete ramps up to the living area. In the old days, the staff had to lift people in their wheelchairs up the steps, but now they can get up there easily.

Every year, a special evening is held to raise funds to continue with this responsibility. This year, the fundraising evening will be held on 20th October in the Royal Summit Chamber at the Royal Cliff Hotel. The cost per head will be 2,200 baht, with a gourmet Swiss cuisine supper, including wine, whisky and soft drinks.  Included with the ticket prize is a large donation to the fund. There is also a door prize of an Apple iPhone 4S to the holder of the number drawn.

You’re invited to attend, along with friends and family, and tell anyone else who wishes to enter into the spirit of remembering one of Thailand’s best-loved characters, with his unique combination of humor, generosity, bonhomie, and charisma.

So, for a great night out in a party with well over 100 other people, with fine food, and including wine and whiskey, with entertainment by a Swiss yodeler and an exotic dancer, come on join us.  At the end of the evening you will agree it was the best 2,200 baht you have spent, had a great time, and that your money was helping the aged of the Thai Community.

Dress Code: Smart casual or colorful with a touch of Swiss.