Baan Jing Jai bike ride raises 110,000 baht

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About 200 cyclists helped the Baan Jing Jai Foundation raise more than 100,000 baht in its fifth-annual bike ride.

Young cyclists sprint from the start line during the 20km ride.
Young cyclists sprint from the start line during the 20km ride.

Three Norwegian expats took the top places in the 40-kilometer trek through the streets of Nong Plalai Jan. 28.  Geir Iversen, Tom Mius and a rider identified only as Tornod all took home a trophy and the satisfaction of helping raise money for needy orphans.

Surakij Kamolrath, foundation chairman, and Director Piangta Chaumnoi also presented trophies to three top finishers in a 20-kilometer ride.

Each participant paid 300 baht to enter the race.  In addition, Dzenana Popin, president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien, donated 50,000 baht to support the 70 children under Baan Jing Jai’s care.

That brought total revenue for the event to 110,000 baht.

Surakij said the money will go toward school scholarships since Baan Jing Jai social workers provide only basic teaching.  He thanked all the donors, saying regular charity events are needed so they kids can get proper educations.

Dzenana Popin (2nd left), president of the Rotary Club Jomtien and past president Vuthikorn Kamolchote (far left), donated 50,000 baht to Surakij Kamolrath (right), chairman of the Ban Jing Jai Foundation, and Piangta Chumnoi (2nd right), the Foundation’s director to help support the 70 some children under their care.
Dzenana Popin (2nd left), president of the Rotary Club Jomtien and past president Vuthikorn Kamolchote (far left), donated 50,000 baht to Surakij Kamolrath (right), chairman of the Ban Jing Jai Foundation, and Piangta Chumnoi (2nd right), the Foundation’s director to help support the 70 some children under their care.
Exercise can be great fun on 2 wheels..
Exercise can be great fun on 2 wheels..
Geir Iversen of Norway (right) receives the trophy from Surakij Kamolrath after winning the 40km race.
Geir Iversen of Norway (right) receives the trophy from Surakij Kamolrath after winning the 40km race.
Bicycles of all ages and styles were out to good use for the event.
Bicycles of all ages and styles were out to good use for the event.