The Father Ray Children’s Home was the location for the first of several special events to celebrate ‘Father Ray Month’.
More than four hundred youngsters arrived from the Father Ray Children’s Village, Drop-In Center, Baan Jing Jai, Wat Suthiwas School and they joined the residents of the Children’s Home for a day of fun.
Guests are entertained by the dance troupe from the Children’s Home.
The official opening ceremony was presided over by Father Peter, President of the Father Ray Foundation, and all the children gathered together to watch a performance from the traditional Thai dance troupe from the Home and lay flowers on the statue of Father Ray.
Father Peter then presented ten underprivileged children with their yearly scholarships, allowing them to continue to receive an education.
This was all followed by the children assembling in the main dining room where a team of opticians, dentists, doctors and nurses were waiting for them. The children received a free medical check-up courtesy of the visiting medical team from Mitmaidree Group Laboratory. Opticians from Mongkon Wen Da, located on Soi Siam Country Club Road and the dental team from the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya gave everyone an eye and dental check and free advice.
Nothing wrong with his eyes.
While the children were excited about having their eyes tested, being weighed and having their skin checked for infections they were not so eager to visit the dental team. But everyone must visit and the wonderful dentists soon calmed the most frightened children.
While the children were having their health checked the cooks were preparing the latest batch of mushrooms which had been harvested that morning direct from the mushroom houses. Dipped in creamy batter, deep fried and drizzled with a sweet, but hot chili sauce they disappeared as quickly as the cooks could fry them.
No event would be complete without a soccer competition, and the first game was a repeat of a recent match which saw the teams from the Children’s Home and Children’s Village play each other. Once again the team from the Children’s Home beat the Village.
But whether the children won or lost everyone agreed that the day was a great success. Those in need of treatment will soon be receiving new spectacles, paying a visit to the dentist to have cavities filled or starting on a course of medication.
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The dental department of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya give their time for free.
Regents School teacher and volunteer English coach Keith Howkes receives a certificate of appreciation.
No event would be complete without a soccaer competition.
Ten local children received scholarships.