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Rotary Dental Project restarted

The School of Life

Charity concert at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel

Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex searching for Miss BIG Angel

Rotary Dental Project restarted

Mexican dentists assisting the needy

The Rotary Club Chiang Mai West has restarted their large Dental Project, providing free treatment for children in the northern region. This had been previously organized, but had to be stopped in March, due to the war in Iraq and SARS.

Exchanging banners and greetings from Mexico (L to R) Olivia Rios de Ramirez, Rtn. Elias Ramirez Leon, Pres. Chiang Mai West Manit Mantala and Secretary Rachan Phonchevin.

The first volunteers, Elias Ramirez Leon and his wife Olivia Rios de Ramirez, have now arrived from Mexico. They are both dentists and will stay in the northern region until the end of September this year.

Thailand is a destination to which they have both been looking forward to, after having volunteered for similar projects in Guatemala, Jamaica, Kenya and India. Elias and Olivia come from a small town, 30 km away from Pueblo, the ‘Volkswagen town’ in Mexico.

The School of Life

The best for the poorest

Marion Vogt

The Rotary Club of Chiang Mai West was addressed by Professor Dr. Juergen Zimmer to draw attention to The School of Life, his latest project here in the northern region <www.School-for-Life.org>.

Creating a better world with active involvement in the process and implementing new ways of teaching, came across as one of his own personal themes, from a man who is obviously a perfectionist. He and his good friend Apichai Puntasen, professor at Thammasat University have a common goal, “We are working together to propose to the Thai government to transform from the most obsolete mode of education, namely, vocational education organized by private schools, into entrepreneurial schools. We anticipate that this project will result in major educational reform in Thailand in the future, if the idea receives adequate support from relevant government agencies.” This then is the credo behind the School for Life.

Rotarian Preecha Wongsakul presents a token of appreciation to Dr. Juergen Zimmer, thanking him for his informative address.

Professor Zimmer has been involved in reforms in kindergarten institutions for the last 30 years. He is an advisor for initiatives and projects in many countries, with the message that learning and entrepreneurship can not start early enough.

His love of Thailand led him to the opening of ‘The School of Life’, which is still in its developing stage but growing with the help of dedicated people who believe in this system of discovery learning and individualized teaching. He called this, ‘The best for the poorest’.

The School of Life, under Joy, the project organizer, works in close cooperation between the village and the school of life. The village school is involved in the pedagogical developments to avoid two completely different learning cultures from arising.

It is discovery learning in which the children will receive an international education in organic farming, tourism, Body & Soul, culture and development with applied natural sources, and appropriate communication for children.

He believes his School of Life is a model to change the lives of the poorest, and he hopes that the sometimes painfully slow changes will move more rapidly with the political developments in Thailand. He concluded his address by asking the Rotarians for help and involvement by supporting, donating or just by visiting the School for Life in Chiang Mai.

Charity concert at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel

UK quintet includes one Thai

A charity concert is being organized to celebrate the 48th year anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the 25th year of her position as the director of Thai Red Cross Council.

The musical troupe and entourage.

The Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex has organized the event, presented by five students of the Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK, which includes one Thai in the band members.

The Menuhin Quintet will perform in Chiang Mai at the Ban Pan Ton room, Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel on August 20, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are 200 baht and 100 baht for students.

The Menuhin Quintet consists of students who will shortly be graduating from the famous Yehudi Menuhin School.

Funds raised from this concert will go to the Mother Care Children Foundation to help children whose parents have died of AIDS.

For more information, please contact the counter on G level, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex, tel. 053-224444 ext. 19008, 19919.

Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex searching for Miss BIG Angel

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Do you want to be Miss BIG Angel? It is simple and easy, but you must be qualified by Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex, which is inviting girls to participate in this beauty contest.

Candidates must have the following qualifications: aged above 15 years old, self-confident, good relations, and puffy.

Become Miss Big Angel.

This contest is giving lovingly puffy girls an opportunity to become Miss Big Angel and win lots of prizes. If you are qualified, don’t hesitate to apply. Hand in your documents with your postcard pictures at the G floor of Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex, or ring 053 224 444 ext 19052 and 19012 before September 10 this year.

This contest will take place September 13-14 at the activity grounds on the 3rd Floor, Kad Suan Kaew from 1.00 p.m. onwards.