Micky and Annie travel to Australia

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It is a wonderful and unforgettable event for Micky and Annie to begin their trip to Australia. Micky, a resident of the Pattaya Orphanage, and Annie, a resident of the Father Ray Children’s Home, left recently for Australia to participate in an exchange program focusing on English as a Second Language (ESL).  Sponsorship of this program is under the Rotary Orphan Student Exchange (R.O.S.E.) charity project implemented by the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk, Australia and the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya.

Micky and Annie will study English at Girton Grammar School in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia for next 10 months, while experiencing lifestyles and culture of the people of Australia. Both students will open their hearts and minds to the Australian’s great kindness, and learn to adjust themselves to living in a real family. Absolutely, this will be one of the most meaningful chances in their life.

Annie, second right, with her passport and tickets, all ready to go.Annie, second right, with her passport and tickets, all ready to go.

The Pattaya Orphanage and Father Ray Foundation would like to thank all concerned, especially the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk for its long time, constant, and generous support. We wish all their members lots of joy and prosperity, and we give special thanks to the host families for their great kindness. Thanks also go to the Rotary Club Jomtien-Pattaya for their valuable guidance and assistance.

More information about both local organizations can be found at www.fr-ray.org or www.thepattayaorpha nage.org

Micky was met by his new family on arriving in Australia.Micky was met by his new family on arriving in Australia.

Micky, second left, with friends at the airport in Bangkok.Micky, second left, with friends at the airport in Bangkok.

During his meeting with Fr. Michael Phangrak, Toy, and Micky, Richard Paul Haughton (left), president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya hands over the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya’s contribution of 6,000 baht for Mick’s and Anne’s personal preparation and another 3,000 baht from his personal contribution for the required medical checkup for Micky prior to the trip. During his meeting with Fr. Michael Phangrak, Toy, and Micky, Richard Paul Haughton (left), president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya hands over the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya’s contribution of 6,000 baht for Mick’s and Anne’s personal preparation and another 3,000 baht from his personal contribution for the required medical checkup for Micky prior to the trip.