Beauty contestants moved by Fr Ray children performances

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On the afternoon of Wednesday 6th August, twenty five contestants of the 2014 Miss Universe New Zealand Pageant arrived at the Father Ray Foundation as part of their whirlwind tour of Thailand.

Upon arriving at the Father Ray Foundation, the visitors from New Zealand were greeted by Fathers Peter and Michael, the President and Vice President of the Father Ray Foundation, who presented welcome garlands of orchids to the Miss Universe contestants.

Father Michael and Father Peter, from the Father Ray Foundation, pose with the beauty queens.Father Michael and Father Peter, from the Father Ray Foundation, pose with the beauty queens.

The visitors were invited to take a seat before receiving a second welcome garland, this time from the children and students, before Father Peter, President of the Father Ray Foundation gave a welcome speech.

The first performance of the afternoon was from the toddlers who attend the Father Ray Day Care Center, who danced a routine about a little caterpillar turning into a butterfly.

It was plain to see the visitors were enjoying their time in Pattaya.It was plain to see the visitors were enjoying their time in Pattaya.

The second performance of the afternoon came from a group of wheelchair using students from the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities.

But it was the final performance from the choir at the Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Blind who sang two songs, Amazing Grace and You Are My Sunshine, that touched the hearts of the visitors.

But no sooner had the visitors arrived and it was time to go on to their next scheduled appointment, but not before a few photos were taken and the ladies laid flowers on the statue of Father Ray, as the Foundation is commemorating the 11th anniversary of his passing this month.

Meeting the toddlers was the highlight of their visit for many of the visitors.Meeting the toddlers was the highlight of their visit for many of the visitors.

After listening to the blind children sing Amazing Grace, many were moved to tears.After listening to the blind children sing Amazing Grace, many were moved to tears.

There was even time for some promotional work.There was even time for some promotional work.

The visitors were moved by the performances from the blind students.The visitors were moved by the performances from the blind students.