Amari lights up Christmas tree to help Loei, Udon Thani schools

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The Amari Orchid Resort & Tower kicked off its festive season with the lighting of its giant Christmas tree.

Resident Manager Richard Gamlin led the Dec. 8 festivities at the North Pattaya hotel, flipping the switch to illuminate 10,000 bulbs.

The event also included carol singing by children from Huay Yai School and the Pattaya Orphanage, who received presents from Santa Claus.

The tree was decorated with teddy bears available for purchase. Proceeds will go the “Share Children’s Dreams and Give” campaign benefitting Nok Peed Border Patrol Police School in Loei Province and Chompu Border Patrol Police School in Udon Thani.

Amari Orchid Resort & Tower Resident Manager Richard Gamlin and special guest Santa Claus treat children to their annual Christmas Tree Lighting.Amari Orchid Resort & Tower Resident Manager Richard Gamlin and special guest Santa Claus treat children to their annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

The bears were sold at 740 baht each with a card. A special promotion offered two bears and cards for 1,400 baht. The campaign runs through Jan. 10.

The annual campaign is aimed at helping poor children in remote areas.

Nok Peed Border Patrol Police School has 20 kindergarten 1-3 students, 40 primary students and five teachers with three classrooms which are not enough to serve the existing students. The classrooms must be swapped for teaching and learning.

The same is true at Chompu Border Patrol Police School, which has 49 students with seven patrol police teachers and one volunteer teacher.