Weeraya wins China Girl contest
Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex this year held a “China
Girl” beauty contest during the Chinese New Year celebrations February
of the China Girl contest (from left): Rongrong Harnpanichanont, Weeraya
Tosaengchai, Siriporn Malatui, carrying flowers and prizes from the
Pol Lt Suchai Kengkarnka, managing director of Kad Suan
Kaew said it was a chance for teenage girls, aged 14-19, to show their
natural abilities. Judges were looking for a girl who would be
representative of the new generation, who had a good personality,
self-confidence and was smart.
The first round of the China Girl Contest 2003 was held
on February 1, and the final round took place on the following day. More
than 30 girls got “China-dolled up” and took part, and after much
deliberation, eventually the judges narrowed the field down to the final
After even more deliberation, judges announced that Miss
Weeraya Tosaengchai was not only stunning in appearance, but also best fit
the qualifications the judges were looking for. She was duly crowned
“China Girl 2003”.
Miss Rongrong Harnpanichanont finished second and won the popular vote.
Siriporn Malatui finished third.
Sutkhet Sakunthong seeks organ donors
A young political science graduate, born in Chiang Rai
and who has lived most of his life in Chiang Mai, is looking for organ
donors. He is Sutkhet Sakunthong, the Programme and Training Coordinator for
the YMCA of Chiang Mai, who has made it his endeavour to do his part in
promoting organ donation in the local community, working through the Thai
Red Cross and other agencies.
Sakunthong is looking for organ donors.
A period spent overseas changed his perceptions of life,
“When you live by yourself in other communities you begin to realise just
how valuable life really is.” This brought him to the decision that he
should donate one part of his life to his local community (Chiang Mai) and
he felt that he could benefit the community by bringing organ donation into
the public consciousness.
He is pushing for a question on organ donation to go into
the application for driving licences, and prospective organ donors should
have this information recorded on the licence. He believes this will work
positively in two ways - firstly by indicating those people who are ready to
be an organ donor, and secondly that at each renewal, the licence holder
will have the opportunity to think again on why organs are needed, and why
the safety of everyone under their care while driving or riding, is
With the shocking road toll over festive periods in this country,
anything that can be done should be actively pursued. Those who would like
to contact Sutkhet Sakunthong may do so through the YMCA, telephone 053 221
819, fax 053 215 523.
The 9th Thai Lue Festival will be held March 8-9 in Chiang Kam, Phayao
Chiang Kam District will host the 9th Thai Lue Festival
March 8-9 this year at Wat Phrathart Sob Wan. Sanit Boonrueng, chief of
Chiang Kam, said that this festival is designed to conserve the art and
culture of the Thai Lue, and many activities are scheduled, including stage
performances, parades, merit making, singing, dancing, wedding ceremony
shows and cooking done in Lue style.
The Thai Lue tribe migrated from Xixuangbanna (Sipsong
Panna) in China’s Yunnan Province to northern Thailand provinces such as
Phayao, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, and Nan.
In 1991, Nan’s Prince led the Lue people to Chiang Muan
and Chiang Kam districts, where they continue to live in their traditional
Visitors can also visit the Thai Lue Cultural Center,
which contains equipment, utensils, and items showing the Thai Lue
lifestyle. The center is located in Wat Yuan in the Chiang Kam District,
Gary Dilley, long time resident of Thailand, died at home
on the 31st of January. A memorial service will be held at a future date.
Gary received a PhD from the University of Kansas in
Chinese Studies. His professional life was spent as a banker with the
ABN-Amro Bank and he served in various capacities in Tokyo, Singapore,
Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines. After retiring in 1997, Gary moved
to Chiang Mai and built his showplace home, Twelve Gables, which was
featured in Architectural Digest and several other books. His collection of
antiques, assembled during his travels, was displayed at the house. His many
friends will always remember his hospitality at Twelve Gables. Gary is
survived by his Mother, Father and Brother Gerry.
In 2000, Gary was one of the founding members of ‘The
Foundation for the Education of Rural Children’ and served as chairman of
the board. He was very involved in the development of FERC and it would not
be what it is today if Gary had not always have contributed in it. He
supervised the construction of foundation schools in Mae Jong, Doi Saket,
and the Karen village of Sadosa, Mae Chaem, and was working on a dorm to
house tribal children at the Pang Hin Fon Thai school. The dorm will be
completed in February 2003, which sadly has to be without Gary’s driving
Gary was also very dedicated to the Foundation’s
Anyone wishing to make a memorial to Gary is asked to
make a contribution to the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children in
his memory at:
The Bank of Asia, Chiangmai Branch
SWIFT routing code: BKASTHBK
For the account of the Foundation for the Education of
Acct. No. 017-2-18824-5
Gary will be sadly missed by all his friends but he will live on in their
memories and most of all in the memory of the children whose lives he
changed for the better.