At 2pm on the 4th of November at the Royal Hall of the Redemptorist Center a press conference was held regarding the 2011 S.O.S Rice Appeal.
In attendance were a number of local dignitaries including Chonburi members of parliament, Sansak Ngampiches and Poramet Ngampiches along with the deputy mayor of Pattaya Ronakit Ekasingh, Past district governor of Rotary International for district 3340, Pratheep Malhotra , president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien Pattaya, Gudmund Eiksund, and president of the Lions Club Pratumnak, Rungthip Suksrikarn.
Father Michael Picharn Jaiseri spoke about the rice appeal and how it is held during the celebrations for His Majesty the King’s birthday.
Rice is of course a traditional Thai food and due to His Majesty’s work over many decades, rice is the stable diet and is plentiful in the kingdom.
Therefore every year a rice appeal is held whereby people buy and donate rice to the Redemptorist Center, thereby making merit and respecting their beloved King.
The flooding over the last months has brought an influx of people from the north to Pattaya and the Father Ray Foundation has opened a relief center to accommodate more than 100 victims consisting of children and teenagers from similar projects in Bangkok and beyond.
Therefore the focus for this years appeal is to help the unfortunate children and those affected by floods in other provinces.
So the Father Ray Foundation needs your help more than ever and desperately require donations of rice and money.
There will be a tent in front of the Father Ray’s Foundation on Sukhumvit Road where you can make a donation and boxes at many local businesses and department stores.
In addition there will be facilities to make donations on walking street.
These will take place over the upcoming weekends on the 18-20th November, the 25-27th November and the 2nd until the 5th of December.