Wrapping up 2012 with Christmas events and moving forward

Friday, 11 January 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 2 By  Lewis Underwood

Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive 2012 - Sponsored by Glencore International and Canadian Jackalope Open

Wrapping up the outgoing year is always delightful for us given all the Christmas celebrations that take place at our projects. It’s a great way to get in the spirit of the season and, moreover, it is all about giving.

The Christmas season always starts with the Fountain of Life Children Center’s pageant, which was on Thursday, December 13th this past year. Besides the nativity play, there was also a variety of other entertainment performed by kids.

This fete always culminates with an appearance from Santa Claus, who hands out gifts to the kids and families, provided by the Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) and Jesters Care for Kids.

The Christmas season always starts with the Fountain of Life Children Center’s pageant.The Christmas season always starts with the Fountain of Life Children Center’s pageant

Next up was a double header on Saturday, December 15th starting with the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya Christmas Bazaar in the morning attended by a host of charity organizations. Here also entertainment was provided by children with an emphasis on the time of the season.

Then in the afternoon, we drove down to Rayong to take the kids from the various Camillian projects in the vicinity for a Christmas shopping spree. All together there were 61 kids and the gathering place was Big C on Highway 36. Each child was allotted 1000 baht provided by the Canadian Jackalope Open and Jesters and they had an hour to complete the task.

We take the Camillian kids on a Christmas shopping spree to Big C in Rayong.We take the Camillian kids on a Christmas shopping spree to Big C in Rayong.

As usual, the older ones had done their homework and came armed with detailed lists and costs for the items they sought. The younger ones had minders to help them do their shopping. Across the board, though, shoes, socks and clothing seemed to be the most popular items.

Between our two organizations, we spent 60,862 baht, in addition to the countless10 baht coins provided at the children’s arcade during the check-out process.

Kate’s Project Christmas party in Nong Prue was the next event up on Sunday, December 23rd, which was also another joint venture between PILC and Jesters. From our side, we supplied 20,000 baht to cover the pig on a spit and all the trimmings for the kids and families who attend this annual happening. Additionally, we donated 58 event shirts to the kids from our inventory.

Kate’s Project Christmas party in Nong Prue.Kate’s Project Christmas party in Nong Prue.

The last Christmas gathering was at the Camillian Home in Lat Krabang on Saturday, December 29th, where they cater to kids living with HIV and disabilities. Here the Jackalope and Jesters sponsor 3 children, including Tewid and Fey, who were previously resident at the Camillian Social Center in Rayong before relocating to this Home near the Bangkok airport 5 years ago.

The third child was Fahsai; an abandoned child with palsy transferred from Hand to Hand Foundation in Pattaya last spring. Here, too, the kids sang Christmas carols and reenacted the nativity story, where our little Fahsai played a sheep in one of the scenes.

All in all, it was not only a great way to end the past year, but also a great motivator to propel us into the New Year and kick off our 16th annual Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive for 2013.

For more info, please visit us at www.care4kids.info and/or www.facebook.com/jesterscare.forkids.

Fahsai plays a sheep in the nativity story at the Camillian Home in Lat Krabang.Fahsai plays a sheep in the nativity story at the Camillian Home in Lat Krabang.

Camillian kids with disabilities singing Christmas carols at the Camillian Home.Camillian kids with disabilities singing Christmas carols at the Camillian Home.

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