World AIDS Day at the Regent’s School Pattaya

Monday, 20 December 2010 From Issue Vol. XVIII No. 51 By  Pantila Tripopnakkul (Year 11 student and Assistant Pillar Leader for Service)

On Tuesday the 30th of November, the Regent’s Service Group organised a World AIDS Day assembly in order to raise awareness about this global epidemic.

Following the drama performances and educational videos presented to the students in the school’s Globe Theatre, the group then arranged an AIDS quiz for years 7 to 11 to participate in during PSHE. The students had to go around school and try to find clues leading to their next destination, at which they would be answering a variety of different questions about AIDS. The aim of this activity was to create a learning experience which would be both memorable and fun.

The Service Group presents Dr. Philippe with 7,000 baht to help him provide anti-retroviral drugs for his many patients in and around Pattaya. The Service Group presents Dr. Philippe with 7,000 baht to help him provide anti-retroviral drugs for his many patients in and around Pattaya.

Dr. Philippe Seur from HEARTT 2000 was our special guest for the morning and enjoyed the informational assembly and was especially impressed with HIV / AIDS quiz-type-treasure hunt. At break time the Service Group presented Dr. Philippe with 7,000 baht to help him provide anti-retroviral drugs for his many patients in and around Pattaya.

On the next day, 1st December - World AIDS Day, the service group organized a mufti day where students were encouraged to wear something red in recognition of Worlds AIDS Day. Everyone who came in mufti had to pay 40 baht each; the money raised was donated by the school’s Student Guild to the Abundant Life Home in Bang Saen, a home for children living with HIV.

The Service Group also prepared and distributed red AIDS ribbons to every student and teacher in the Secondary School which they could wear in order to show their support on this day. As usual Kidzpositive beaded badges have also been on sale for the last month. These are badges that were bought from South Africa to help support women and children living with HIV and AIDS in this country.

In the evening Mr. Terry Wilcox delivered an informative presentation on the brain and gaming to a room full of students, staff and parents. People from the Abundant Life Home were the special guests and the children also performed some amazing break dancing routines and Thai dance.

The main purpose of the night was to raise important funds for the Home and it was great to be able to present 32,000 baht to Karen Sanchez from the ALH at the end of an enjoyable evening. Many thanks must go to the Service Group, Mr. Terry Wilcox, Dr. Philippe and the Abundant Life Home for their passion and commitment to improve the issue of HIV and AIDS through education.

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