Charitable meals for
Chonburi Children Center
The Associate Court Judge of the Family and Juvenile
Court of Chonburi, Sophin Thappajug met with other community members last
week to visit and present donations to the Chonburi Juvenile Observation
and Protection Center.
and Family Court Associate Judge Sophin Thappajug visiting the children at
the Chonburi Observation and Protection Center in Rayong.
Located in Rayong, this center is a training and
detention facility for over 1000 children aged seven to eighteen, who have
been processed by the Juvenile Court.
Visiting with Sophin were the President of Pattaya and
Naklua Gold Shops Group, Somchai Marnotavorn, the Assistant Director of
the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Neera Sirisampan, the Chairman of the
Pattaya Sports Club Golf Committee, Mike Franklin, Chatri Areepitax of the
Sing Construction company and members of the Pratumnak Lions Club.
Chatri Areepitax donated the lunch for the thousand
children including some very welcome ice blocks. It was an impressive
sight to see one thousand children lined up and sitting politely through
speeches while waiting for lunch, reciting their thanks and not fidgeting
Sophin said, “The center was very pleased to have
lunch donated, not many people do that. It costs 20,000 baht for each
meal, and they are very under-funded, being only given a budget of 6 baht
per child per meal. So they have to rely on community donations. To run
the center with its 1000 children and staff and metal work, music,
electrical, hairdressing and carpentry workshops takes a budget of 9
million baht a year and the government only provides baht 6 million. That
leaves a large gap. They also desperately need books both in Thai and
English, so if there are there are any community members out there who are
able to donate books, they would be very welcomed.”
Somchai Marnothavorn presented 2000 kg of pineapples on
behalf of the Pattaya Naklua Gold Shops Group and the Pratumnak Lions
Club. Neera Sirisampan presented two boxes of first aid and medical
supplies from the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, and Mike Franklin presented a
further cheque for 30,000 Baht on behalf of the Pattaya Sports Club for
much needed tables and benches. The center is overcrowded and about fifty
or more children have to sit on the floor to eat.
Sophin said, “Pattaya is the second worst area for juvenile crime,
after Bangkok. The first problem is drugs and the second theft. Because of
the overcrowding situation here in Rayong we have to release some of these
children before their sentence is up. We are desperately looking for
charity from the community. We have the land to build another Juvenile
Center in Chonburi but we have no budget.”
Anniversaries associated with the lives of the Sikh
Gurus are referred to as Gurpurabs (festivals). Of these the
important ones are the birthdays of Guru Nanak and Guru Govind Singh and
the martyrdom days of Guru Arjun Dev and Guru Teg Bahadur.
Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, was born in
a Punjabi village (which is now in Pakistan) in 1469. His birth
anniversary, or Guru Nanak’s Jayanti, which falls in the months
of October-November (Kartik), is enthusiastically celebrated by
Sikhs as Gurpurab.
Gurpurabs witness the culminations of Prabhat Pheris,
the early morning religious procession which goes around the localities
singing Shabads (hymns). These Pheris generally start three
weeks before the festival. Devotees offer sweets and tea when the
procession passes by their residence.
ladies of the Sikh community at the celebrations.
In Pattaya the celebrations start with the three-day Akhand
Path in which the Granth Sahib (the holy book of the Sikhs) is
read continuously from beginning to end without a break. Conclusion of the
reading coincides with the day of the festival.
On this day the Granth Sahib is carried in
procession throughout the village or city. It is placed on a float or a
van strewn with flowers. Five armed guards, who represent the Panj
Pyares, head the procession carrying Nishan Sahibs (the Sikh flag).
Local bands are hired for playing religious music for the procession.
Marching schoolchildren are a special part of the procession. Free sweets
and langar are also offered to the general public outside some gurdwaras.
Last week, devout Sikh residents of Pattaya made a
special pilgrimage to the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara (Sikh
temple) in Soi 17, where special programmes were arranged and kirtans (religious
songs) were sung. Langar or community lunch was also arranged in
the gurdwara. The Langar was open to people of all walks of life
and of all faiths. Local volunteers served it with a spirit of Seva
(service) and Bhakti (devotion).
At night Sikhs illuminated and decorated their houses and Gurdwaras
with candles and electric lights.
The Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) were present
for the opening of the Royal Garden Resort’s exhibition of elephant wood
carvings. Under the tutelage of master carver Petch Viriya, the carvers
from Baan Chang Nak are displaying their talents and methods in carving
these life-like statues.
woodcarvers from Baan Chang Nak create life-like masterpieces of elephants
in intricate detail.
Mai-Mai shop from Bangkok are also running a special
auction of one of these masterpieces, with the proceeds going directly to
the FAE to assist them with their wonderful work in preserving and helping
Soraida Salwala, the founder of the FAE Foundation was
on hand to describe some of the work the FAE carries out. This ranges from
running an elephant hospital at Lampang, through to arranging mobile
veterinary clinics to go directly to the villages to diagnose and treat
elephants too sick to make the journey to the hospital. In this way, the
FAE have, to date, helped over 500 of these majestic beasts.
The exhibition will close this weekend, so if you are quick you will
not miss out on this opportunity to marvel at the skills of these master
The British Chamber of Commerce, Thailand, held a
networking evening at Henry J. Bean’s Bar and Grill last weekend. As
Assistant Chairperson, Jill Thomas said, “These evenings give us all the
opportunity to meet up with different business people for mutual
to R) Gethin Thomas of Hercules Co., Ltd., Jill Thomas, Headmistress of St
Andrews International School, Tom Athey, Director of RAI Media Co., Ltd.,
and Nick Halliwell, Managing Director of Evergreen Comware “network” at
Henry J. Bean’s Bar and Grill.
The advantage seekers were all seen earnestly discussing
everything from IT needs, IT problems and IT providers, logistics, real
estate and restaurants, while scoffing up the finger food supplied by the
Henry J. Bean’s staff and washing it down with Carlsberg.
One interested networker was Tom Athey, a Brit from Newcastle, who is now
the Director of RAI Media in Bangkok. Tom was in Pattaya to oversee the huge
MUST Convention being held at the even huger Pattaya Exhibition and
Convention Hall. Making sure that everything ran smoothly, Pierre-Andre
Pelletier of the famous smile flashed his pearly whites and a good time was
had by everyone. The Pattaya Mail will let all the BCCT members know when
their next function is being held.
The British aren't
Faced with a number of blank weekends in the Pattaya
Panther’s sporting calendar, fixture secretary and master tactician Adrian
Sparrow sent a team to the Bangkok 7s with the express instructions to lose
as heavily as possible as often as possible. Having carried out these
instructions to the letter, we now have several clubs eagerly hammering at
the door of Delaney’s in search of a game. Recently it was the turn of the
British Club from Bangkok.
The Panthers sent out a team with possibly several
changes from last time, however no one could quite remember. There were one
or two enforced changes including stalwart scrumhalf Oink Quirke who was
unavailable and so he was replaced by fellow Scot Steve Turner. Eco-warrior
Dave “Rain Forest” Garred has returned from picketing The Beach and so
resumed his place on the wing.
A notable highlight of the day was the long-awaited debut
of Fijian centre Jean-Paul Daniels, a French teacher at G.I.S. Despite
joining the club back in September, Jean-Paul has yet to make an appearance
in a competitive fixture for the Panthers. In fact, doubts about his Fijian
heritage had begun to circulate at the club. It was rumoured that what he
actually said on the day he first arrived was “I’ve been to Fiji” or
the even more plausible “I’ve seen Mount Fuji.”
In a last minute change of plans, the Panthers were able
to include Thomas Paemeleir in the starting line-up alongside Ralph Mounty
in the second row. In a somewhat fortuitous turn of events, Thomas
accidentally turned up on time by arriving four weeks late for the Panther s
In keeping with the Remembrance Day weekend, at 11am
precisely referee Dave William’s whistle signalled a minute’s silence
for those members of the British Club missing in action in Singapore. A
further five hours of silence followed whilst we waited for the remaining
members of the British Club to turn up for this fixture.
Eventually, however, at 4 o’clock the match kicked off
with the Panthers anxious to make up for lost time. In an amazing opening,
flying prop-forward Dave Richardson twice broke through the frankly
non-existent defences of the British Club and the Panthers were 14-0 up with
barely five minutes on the clock.
This set the tone for the rest of the half with the
Pattaya forwards able to exploit their 80kg-a-man advantage in the scrum at
will. Pete Lomu went on many a foray up field, swatting away the B.C.
tacklers as if they didn’t exist. By now Pattaya were rampant and further
tries were scored by Z.T. Greek & Cameron Highlands and the Panthers
reached the interval leading 40-0.
The only player reluctant to get involved in the action
was Fergal O Neal who had modelling commitments later that evening. He also
complained that the shocking pink of the B.C. shirts clashed with his socks.
In a curiously eloquent and wide ranging half-time team talk, Fergal felt
that the shirts were an affront to modern sporting haute couture “more
Jasper Conran than Fran Cotton” as he put it.
The Panthers made several changes for the second half,
bringing on Pattaya Playboy and general man about town Phil Thompson at prop
and wonderkid Paul Crouch, the Oklahoma farm boy, in the centres. Paul has
enjoyed a meteoric rise in the rugby world since arriving in Pattaya. Only a
matter of weeks ago he was still playing little league baseball on his
parent’s farm in Gooberville.
The break gave little respite for the beleaguered British
as the Panthers continued the onslaught in the second half. “Man” of the
match was surely Welshman Ceri Davies who, not to be outdone by his
sister’s exploits in the Pattaya Panties fixture earlier, ran in a
hat-trick of second half tries through a defence that at times was nowhere
to be seen.
The British misery was compounded by the accuracy of
Charlie Nordchamps conversions which saw the opposition hopes sink “faster
than the Rainbow Warrior” as, a rumoured, team francophobe was keen to
point out. Charlie is one of a number of players who, due to recent French
successes, have come out of hiding in Pattaya’s little known French
quarter. We have also been joined by the back-row twins Laurant and
Jean-Charles Lebouef who blockaded the midfield superbly to ensure the
British Club never threatened the Panther’s line.
There were further late tries for Hiro Kubota and Pete
Bull who ran through the B.C. cover that was noticeable only by its absence.
By the end the Panthers had amassed a totally unbelievable 78 points without
reply. As the sun sank behind the I.S.R. tower the referee’s whistle
signalled the last post for team captain and fitness guru Chris Bradshaw who
leaves us for a recently vacated position with the All Blacks.
All players then returned to Delaney’s where wingman
Rob Oldfield showed excellent handling skills and was awarded a try that he
was unfortunately unable to convert.
The afternoon had been a spectacular success for the
Panthers who provided a festival of running rugby. David McCallum, the B.C.
captain, thanked the Panthers for the excellent spirit in which the highly
entertaining game had been played. The Panthers now go into their next match
against the Bangkok Japanese full of hope with one consecutive victory under
See us in action or contact Dave Garred on (038)425611 ext. fitness club
or Kim Fletcher (038) 710641-43. Training is on Tuesday nights at the
Ambassador Hotel, Jomtien 6pm Panties, & 7pm Panthers.
Chonburi to celebrate
“Handicap Day 1999”
The Chonburi Handicapped Development President, Prakid
Inthisit announced a combined activity between the Chonburi Handicapped
Development Group and the Pattaya Redemptorist Center for the Blind. The two
groups will be organizing a “Chonburi Handicapped Persons Day” at the
Pattaya Redemptorist Center for the Blind on 4 December.
Prakid explained that the activity is planned to
encourage handicapped people in Chonburi and adjacent areas to participate
in activities as persons having full rights, and to instill awareness in
others that handicapped people are important individuals with rights just
like everyone else. The activities of the day will include on-stage
performances providing handicapped persons the chance to display their
skills and improve their talents illustrating what handicapped persons can
Krydsana Chayarat from ITV Television will be the
moderator for the show entitled “Meet Famous People”. In addition,
various agencies in the administration and private sector will be putting on
other expositions. Handicapped people will also have the opportunity to
register for employment.
Over 2,500 handicapped persons are expected to attend and everyone is
welcome. The day’s activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.
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