Prizes, presents bring smiles at Pattaya Orphanage Christmas party

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It has been an annual tradition for over three decades that children at the Pattaya Orphanage celebrate their Christmas Day right on December 25th.

It has also been the day most children look forward with great anticipation to receive presents from Santa Claus. This year, it has not been any different. No matter what the current world situation is, we do not want to turn them down.

The evening started with Christmas Carols sung by the Orphanage children. Shortly after, director of the Pattaya Orphanage, Father Michael Weera Pangrak, took to the stage to light the Christmas tree and announce the opening. Pressing a button, gold and silver snow fell from the sky.

This was followed by beautiful classical shows from the Thai Alangkarn Theatre.

Father Michael presents a gift to a very happy girl.

The children from the Orphanage, the Child Protection and Development Center (CPDC) and the Thepprasit Slum with their sponsors and guests enjoyed drawing their luck from thousands of prizes.

Later on, magician Dr. Penguino captured the attention of the children, bringing some of them to the stage to assist. Youngsters crowded the front of the stage, mesmerized by his every trick.

Pattaya Mail MD Peter Malhotra presents a gold necklace to the lucky winner.

Radchada “Toy” Chomjinda Director HHN Foundation Thailand and Inter-Country Adoption took the opportunity to announce the official establishment of the HERO Association, led by adult ex-orphans, to be the first organization operated by orphans for less fortunate orphans.

For more information about HERO, please contact Human Help Network Foundation, tel. 038-488-956 or Secretary of Association: Pucking mobile: 095-852-3555, assistant Pornsook mobile: 084-551-7767

Father Michael Weera Pangrak launches the event with Christmas carols, Christmas tree lighting and Santa on stage.

Finally, Santa (Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard President Rodney James Charman) arrived to hand out gifts, helped by YWCA Pattaya President Praichit Jetpai, Pattaya Mail MD Peter Malhotra, and Dr. Otmar Deter, President of the Rotary E-Club of Dolphin Pattaya International.

Highest thanks goes to all benefactors who joined the Children’s Christmas Celebration at the Pattaya Orphanage. Time passed by so fast and indeed it was a memorable, delightful and good night for all, which ended with an impressive fireworks show.

Rotary E-Club of Pattaya Dolphin International Dr. Otmar Deter presents a microwave to a lucky little guy.

Radchada ‘Toy’ Chomjinda (right) together with Elfi Seitz (2nd right) Pattaya Blatt editor and two staunch supporters of the Pattaya Orphanage enjoy the festivities.

The Alangkarn Theatre put on beautiful classical Thai shows, reminding everyone that they are celebrating Christmas here in Thailand.

YWCA Pattaya President Praichit Jetpai brings smiles to a child who won this large teddy bear.

Santa Claus certainly made the rounds this year, shown here distributing presents to children at the Pattaya Orphanage.

What’s going to happen next? Only Dr. Penguino knows, and he looks worried.

Young carolers bring lumps to the audience’s throats with their cherub-like singing.