Looking for a wheelchair? Hopefully not! But many poor
disabled children in Chiangmai are. So why not donate one for only 7000 baht?
Visit the Freedom Wheelchair Workshop across from the Chiangmai Disabled
Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).
Laundry and Internet service, traditional Thai massage,
Thai language courses. You find it all at the Chiangmai Disabled Center,
133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).
Tune-in to the English language radio program
‘Helping Hand’, broadcast daily from 7.30-9.00 pm. The program
can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides
useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners alike.
For the kids
A Toys Library has been opened for Chiang Mai children at
the Northern Child Development Center behind the Nakhon Ping
Hospital. It is supported by the Japanese Government and the Japan Small
Scale-Grant Assistance (SSGA). This library is designed to encourage
childhood development and be a learning source which can provide equipment
to support that aim. Activities at the Toys Library include lending and
return service, instruction and demonstration of equipment and skill
testing. The Toys Library also helps parents by selling the products made by
those participating in the center’s vocational project to increase local
families’ incomes. The Toys Library now has 63 members. Anyone can become
a subscriber by paying a 100 baht annual fee. The equipment provided
includes local natural product toys made from clay, bamboo, and coconut
shell as well as plastic and metal toys. The library is open daily from 9
a.m. - 4.30 p.m. except weekends. Interested people who want to subscribe
for this training or become a member can contact 0-5389-0238-44 ext. 3210.
The Northern Child Development Center Chiang Mai is located at 196 Moo 4
Tambon Donkaew, Mae Rim District.
Chun Ki Charity Event - there will be a “Forest
Party’ on Saturday, March 1st at a
nearby forest & waterfall location. Transport is available. For more
information and how to become involved send an email to [email protected]
yahoo.com Chun Ki is run by Chiang Mai professionals looking for a fun way
to raise money for local charities.
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 district, said that this festival is designed
to conserve the art and culture of the Thai Lue, with many activities
including stage performances, parades, merit making, and singing, dancing,
wedding ceremony shows and cooking done in Lue style. The Thai Lue tribe
migrated from Xixuangbanna (Sipsong Panna) District 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 the
Chiang Muan and Chiang Kam districts, where they live in their traditional
ways. Visitors will see Thai Lue Cultural Center, which contains equipments,
utensils, and items showing Thai Lue lifestyle. The center is located in Wat
Yuan in Chiang Kam, Phayao.
Chiang Mai University’s Forest Restoration Research
Unit will run a workshop on Education Services for
Forest Restoration March 17-19. The workshop will be conducted in
English to showcase to Chiang Mai’s international community the
educational services that have been developed by the unit to help local
people restore forest ecosystems to degraded land. Registration is free.
Limited to 30 participants. Contact FORRU at 053-943346 x 1134: email
A grand charity fashion show will be put on
by Piklik Shop on March 15 at Khum Khantok Restaurant, Chiang Mai.
Small trade show for clothes, garments, and other textiles. Special items
will also be on sale for 500 baht each, with proceeds going to charitable
causes, including helping orphans and providing scholarships for promising
but poor or disadvantaged students. Advanced free tickets are available at
the Piklik Shop in the Chiang Mai Pavilion shopping mall. Tickets can also
be used for a 25% discount when shopping at Piklik Shop.
Bike Ride for Charity - On Sunday, March 16th
will be a sponsored Bike Ride where the proceeds will go to a local charity.
The name of the event is Suthep for Charity! 250 baht entry. Entrants
will receive a t-shirt, certificate and lunch from the Bagel Caf้.
Water and support vehicles are provided. If you don’t have a bike and
would like to take part, you can hire and get more information from Top Gear
cycles or send an email to [email protected]
Mark your calendars for the best family entertainment of
the year: Bangkok Community Theatre’s presentation of the hit family
musical “Annie”. Bangkok Community Theatre (BCT) will
stage “Annie” at the Bangkok Playhouse on Petchburi Road on March 28
& 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 and 30, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets at B550
for adults and B350 for students and children for all four performances will
be available at CD Warehouse in the Emporium on Sukhumvit Road from
mid-March. “Annie” has been described as the perfect family musical. It
first opened on Broadway in November 1977 and won 7 Tony Awards including
the award for Best Musical. A film of the musical was made in 1982 which was
followed by a Disney remake in 1999. With wonderfully uplifting songs and
dances, this is a true “feel good” show. In the words of “Annie’s”
creator: “Those who come to see the show go away with a sense of optimism,
a sense of hope and joy and love. I think that is why it is a success.”
That kind of optimism from a little orphan girl as she hugs her dog and
tells us “The sun will come out tomorrow” is just the kind of uplifting
entertainment families need this Spring. This local production boasts 48
adult performers, 10 kids and a dog! Don’t miss it! (For more information
please visit the BCT website at www.bct-th.org) Proceeds to benefit Thai
Children’s Charities! “Annie” will be made possible through the
generous support of sponsors: NEWCITY (Bangkok) PCL, International School
Bangkok (ISB), Kleenex by Kimberly-Clark, Bangkok Hospital, Toblerone, MBMG
International, The Little Gym, Kesinee International School, Raja’s
Fashions, Transpo International, Covermark and CD Warehouse. The Amari-Atrium
hotel, which is located just down the road from the Playhouse, has kindly
put together a special “Annie” package for out-of-towners
who might be coming to Bangkok to see the production of “Annie”.
27/03/03 to 01/04/03 one double room (2 adults and 1 child below 12 years
old) at US$50 per room per night. (Price includes service charge, VAT, and
daily American breakfast.) Also, if a family needs two rooms with a
connecting door, the first room is US$50 as per above and the second one is
US$30 per night (max 3 kids in the room). Anyone wishing to book the package
should contact the reservation department, attention Khun Naruemol ญ
reservation manager either by fax 02-718-2021, or email reservations @atrium.amari.com