Kipin Kapin Kapakkaan raises 51,000 baht for Drop-In Center

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The annual Kipin Kapin Kapakkaan pub race took place on the first day of March and this year almost one hundred and fifty participants raised 51,000 baht for the Father Ray Drop-In Center.

The Kipin Kapin Kapakkaan is organised by Finnish expat, and Finnish language magazine publisher, Juhana Keronen, better know to his friends as ‘Gizmo’.

For an entry fee of just 500 baht, the participants received a t-shirt, on the back of which were the names of ten bars located throughout Pattaya where they would receive a free drink on arrival.

Khun Pae, Manager of the Drop-In Center, accepts the donation from Gizmo.Khun Pae, Manager of the Drop-In Center, accepts the donation from Gizmo.

Bars in Jomtien, Thappraya Road and Central Pattaya took part and welcomed the racers with glasses of beer, coffee or anything else they wished to drink.

The proceeds of the Kipin Kapin Kapakkaan were donated to the Father Ray Drop-In Center which is located on Thepprasit Road.

The children of the Father Ray Drop-In Center.The children of the Father Ray Drop-In Center.

The Drop-In Center is the smallest of the projects managed by the Father Ray Foundation, but one of its most important. It is where children are assessed before a permanent place of residence can be found, either at the Father Ray Children’s Home or Village. It is also where families living in poverty can get advice, medical help and food, and the donation from Gizmo and his friends will make a huge difference to the children and the Center.

More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email [email protected]

The 2014 T-shirt.The 2014 T-shirt.

One of the younger residents of the Center.One of the younger residents of the Center.