Mercy children given free holiday to Koh Chang

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Twenty “at risk”, abandoned and orphaned children cared for by Mercy Center, Pattaya, enjoyed an all expenses paid holiday on the island of Koh Chang, thanks to the generous hearts of Pattaya residents Eddie & Kaow Somers and co-owners of the beachside“15 Palms” and “Paddy’s Palms” hotel, resort and hostelry.

Fun and feasting; swimming and playing; the Mercy children’s laughter and glee was infectious.  From the youngest (2 years) to the most grown up (11 years) they were thrilled to be at the beautiful, Palms Beach Resort.

Mercy children on White Sand Beach, Koh Chang.Mercy children on White Sand Beach, Koh Chang.

Everything was efficiently and lovingly organized, starting with a warm welcome from Eddie and Kaow who escorted the Mercy children and carers all the way from Pattaya to White Sand Beach, Koh Chang.  Tony, co-owner, and the international management and staff of both 15 Palms and Paddy’s Palms, took it upon themselves to ensure that everyone made the most of their holiday.

One of the big treats of the trip was having an opportunity to feed a baby elephant in the jungle; another, the exclusive use of the Palms’ hotel spacious swimming pool … exclusive that is except for the Somers’ own children. The twins, Paddy and Daisy, aged ‘three and three-quarters’, were delighted to have so many new friends to play with. Palms Hotel guests , too, joined the Pattaya folks for a farewell lunch and pool party on the last day.

Mercy Center currently provides a home and loving care for twenty high risk children with a new facility for a further thirty almost completed.  The Mercy/Pattaya Street Kids scholarship initiative provides funding to enable over 220 students to attend school and the slum support project provides basic foodstuffs and essentials for seventy families in Pattaya’s poorest areas.

Eddie’s reward for this third year of hospitality for Mercy Center is a memento created by the children and presented by one of its directors, Dianne Doell.Eddie’s reward for this third year of hospitality for Mercy Center is a memento created by the children and presented by one of its directors, Dianne Doell.

Please contact: Dianne  on 038 422 678 to find out how you can help support Mercy Center projects . Email: [email protected] & visit: www.mercypattaya .com You’ll be glad you did!

For more information about 15 Palms and Paddy’s Palms in Koh Chang, please email:  [email protected] and/or visit paddyspalmspub.com

Beach Bar and Restaurant “15 Palms” was established 12 years ago and is the only falang owned establishment on White Sand Beach, Koh Chang.  Paddy’s Palms pub and resort, opened seven years later and is the first Irish pub on the island.  Eddie & Tony are planning to build a “15 Palms” hotel next year, and pledge their help to bring hope to more needy Mercy children.

Mercy Center boys “line up” in the Palms Resort swimming pool.Mercy Center boys “line up” in the Palms Resort swimming pool.