Austrian ambassador plays Santa Claus for CPDC

Friday, 18 January 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 3 By  Elfi Seitz

Austria’s ambassador to Thailand last month played Santa Claus for children at the Child Protection and Development Center.

For the second consecutive year, Johannes Peterlik and his “Mrs. Claus,” Ria-Ursula Peterlik, bought gifts for 55 children Dec. 19 at the Toys R Us store at Central Center.

Radchada Chomjinda, the director of Human Help Network Thailand, some German volunteers and mall employees helped the children choose the perfect presents. The kids’ faces lit up as they gazed at all the toys.

After the shopping spree everyone has lunch together.After the shopping spree everyone has lunch together.

Ria-Ursula’s mother and Sumeth Sukapanpotharam, managing director of TM Design Co., pledged to contribute toward next year’s Santa celebration and donated medicine and a water tank to the CPDC.

Consul General Rudolf Hofer topped off the kids’ big day, taking all of them to McDonalds for lunch.

Peterlik, meanwhile, moved on to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Center, where he presented Director Supagon Noja 2.4 million baht from the embassy’s police contingent, which helped bust a watch-smuggling operation.

Ambassador Dr. Johannes Peterlik hands over a check to Supagon Noja, the director of the ATCC.Ambassador Dr. Johannes Peterlik hands over a check to Supagon Noja, the director of the ATCC.

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