Growling Swan and Pattaya Sports Club help Khao Bi Sri

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It is for the benefit of the handicapped and underprivileged when various groups get together and help those in need.  A case in point is the joint venture of The Growling Swan, Khao Bi Sri, Jimmy and it was Pattaya Sports Club who put all the pieces together to achieve a successful conclusion to the story.

The Growling Swan had been raising funds to help the underprivileged since they started a golf bar in Soi Chaiyaphun.  They have generously donated 150,000 baht in that time to buy sports equipment, build houses and now have paid for 6 machines to be delivered to Khao Bi Sri bringing great joy to the children. A remarkable group of guys, mainly from Australia.

The walkers arrive.The walkers arrive.

Chu, a remarkable lady, runs the centre. She has devoted her life to helping children that have severe learning difficulties. When I first got involved with Khao Bi Sri there were about 30 children but this has now increased to 120 children that are autistic or have Down syndrome. Many companies and groups have come to her aid in developing the centre, not least Jesters, PSC and the Thai Navy based in Sattahip. Some of her children also have problems using their legs, being unable or having difficulty walking.

A little help is needed to start.A little help is needed to start.

Jimmy from the Camillian Social Centre has had his own health problems and now spends his life helping children but, in particular, designing various simple machines which can help handicapped children. I introduced him to Khao Bi Sri for he had designed 2 walking frames to help children that had no muscle control in their legs. He brought along 2 of his designs to determine if they could help some of the children with muscular problems. They were an instant success with big smiles on the children’s faces that had probably walked, albeit with difficulty, without support from a helper for the first time. Much to the delight of all the children, he also presented them with some cuddly toys.

If you would like to make a donation to help disabled children, regardless of how small, please contact William at Pattaya Sports Club or telephone 0861522754.

PSC, Jimmy and one happy boy.PSC, Jimmy and one happy boy.

The remarkable Chu who runs the centre.

The smile says it all.The smile says it all.

Jimmy also delivered some cuddly toys.