Rotary Christmas Market raises funds for poor

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Hugo Gruenig was all smiles when he won the top prize in the Rotary Club of the Eastern Seaboard’s Christkindl market. Of course, he did buy 10,000 baht in tickets, so winning was pretty likely.

The Swiss national was one of many who turned up December 4 at the Marriott Pattaya Hotel & Spa for the Rotary fundraiser.

Past District Governor Peter Malhotra (2nd right) was guest of honour at the opening ceremony. Seen helping Peter to cut the ribbon are PP Marlies Fritz, Marianne Büsch Biel, and President Jan Abbink of the Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard. At left are PE Carl Dyson and PAG Stefan Ryser. Past District Governor Peter Malhotra (2nd right) was guest of honour at the opening ceremony. Seen helping Peter to cut the ribbon are PP Marlies Fritz, Marianne Büsch Biel, and President Jan Abbink of the Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard. At left are PE Carl Dyson and PAG Stefan Ryser.

Pratheep Malhotra, past governor of District 3340, reviewed in his welcoming speech the good deeds done by the Rotary chapter during the year, noting many commuted far to help the less fortunate. He thanked everyone who attended to both shop and exhibit their wares.

“You are helping the club and, at the same time, your poorer fellow countrymen,” Malhotra said.

Steve Ryser, past president and assistant to the governor, sold champagne while dressed as John Lennon. Other individuals and companies also donated their time and products to the raffle to raise money.

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