St. Andrews International School’s first Walk-a-Thon raises in excess of 200,000 baht

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On Friday 22nd March the Parent Teachers Group at St. Andrews International School organized their first Sponsored Walk-a-Thon on the School Field. The aim of the event was to create a chance for the whole School Community to have fun with everyone’s friends and family, to get fit and help make this a great day for the whole school. This was accomplished with over 300 children participating, many with Parents and many in fancy dress, walking between 4 to 12 laps of a 500 metre walking circuit.

During the afternoon many attractions were arranged for the children including a bouncing castle, face painting, and the school’s Football Academy giving demonstrations to which the children of all ages were invited to join. Refreshments were provided by the school’s sport’s committee and we were fortunate to have our own special MC – Chris Parsons – on hand during the afternoon.

Best fancy costume (left) and friends.Best fancy costume (left) and friends.

Prizes were handed out to the students who raised the highest amount of pledged money and for the most outlandish fancy dressed walker. The event raised in excess of 200,000 baht – the highest amount ever raised from a one day event at St. Andrews International School and way ahead of our original target. The money will go towards our three main identified projects which are as follows:

* Assist funding a proposed Habitat for Humanity Thailand rebuilding project that the students and parents will get involved with in June this year.

* Purchasing Resuscitation Annie Doll.

* Assist funding a new sala for the school’s hard court area.

Family: You will never walk alone.Family: You will never walk alone.

The event would not have been such a success or an attraction without the positive support received from Cartoon Network Amazone who not only provided the prizes but also provided goodie bags and a balloon for all walkers and special gift bags to the winners. Mrs. Jennifer Doig, Chief Marketing Officer of CN kindly presented the prizes.

A special visit to the school from the Ben 10 mascot was also arranged. He not only started the walk but also was available for photographs with the children during the afternoon. Cartoon Network Amazone also provided a static display of the world’s first Cartoon Network themed waterpark which is set to make a huge splash in Bang Saray in late 2013.

Head of School and our teachers.Head of School and our teachers.

Success for an event such as this is not down to one or two people – it was a team effort. Many parents and older students during the afternoon were involved with both registering the walkers and monitoring the number of circuits completed. Mr. Andy Harrison, the headmaster and the teachers were all actively involved in the planning and organization of the event before the day and also supporting the event on the day in many helpful ways. But last and not least we all have to thank the children who happily took part and raised this substantial amount of money.

The whole school community is now talking about this, our successful event, and we can go forward to planning our next event on 26 April which will be a sparkling “Grand Opening” of the school’s new canteen.

Pure Joy from the field.Pure Joy from the field.

The walker’s laughter.The walker’s laughter.

Hero of the day: Ben 10!Hero of the day: Ben 10!