Saturday night was a sold out affair at The House. The
Kids Ark foundation proudly presented its first Gala Dinner, which included
many activities throughout the evening to keep everybody entertained. After
cocktails, everyone moved to the gallery for the opening speeches of
Princess Jao Duan Dueng na Chiangmai, H.E. Jan Nordlander, the Swedish
ambassador; and the chairwoman of the Foundation, Rita Gustafsson.
Jao Duan Dueng na Chiangmai listens intently as H.E. Jan Nordlander, the
Swedish ambassador talks about how the motivated people at Kids’ Ark are
building a better future.
Rita Gustafsson, who is also the project manager for the
Kid’s Ark in Thailand, emphasized the frightening problems of AIDS
orphans, their non-existing education, but also thanked the people for the
support they received from the Chiang Mai and Swedish community during the
last four years since Kids Ark was established.
left) Jumpol Chutima, Henry Quick, Suwanna Sirirath, MD Chansilp Motors; and
Jennifer Dyson from Living Space
She mentioned the 169 godparents they have by now, who
give financial support to these children and that in some cases even
personal relations are built up with the aim to help them with higher
education. Already Kid’s Ark has built day care centers and dormitories.
Rita said, “People with poor education are prone to
ignorance and do irresponsible things; therefore we are so happy to have you
here tonight because it means that more children can be supported with
education. Let this be an evening in the name of the children and
society ladies admire Supachet Bhumakarn’s paintings - this month’s
artist at The House Gallery.
H.E. Jan Nordlander, the Swedish ambassador reminisced
about his own childhood, growing up without worries, which is what every
child should be able to have. A proper childhood! No worries if there will
be enough to eat, if or when schooling is possible but a joyful time growing
up. He also commended about how the motivated people in the Kid’s Ark are
breaking down the barriers of poverty by improving education, building
self-esteem and ultimately a better future for the children and their
Jazz Band spiced up the atmosphere at the end
The dinner was served inside The House, and was to its
impeccable standards. The Sabai Band entertained, moving from table to table
with entertainment which suited all age groups, from Ajarn Xavier’s
magical flute to classical piano music and a trendy fashion show by the
Ginger models wearing the newest summer evening wear.
The evening closed with an auction of donated jewelry and
three paintings by famous Stockholm artist Erland Cullberg, and as another
musical highlight, a voice recital by Tianchai Sooktiang from The Voice
Studio and his group.
It was a fun and fulfilling evening which ended long
Magic of Love, a truly fitting last song by (from left) Panit Somana, Book
Kittawadhana and Voice Studio MD Tianchai Sooktiang.
the beautiful Ginger models during the fashion show
lucky bidder for the painting by famous Stockholm artist Erland Cullberg was
Mr. Mortimer (right), shown here with Hans Christensen from The House.
just couldn’t resist trying out the little knick-knacks which are as
always displayed at Ginger.
Gustafsson (right) thanked everybody as Kittiya Kantha (left) from The
Rydges Hotel Chiang Mai, and Hans B. Christensen from The House listen in.
midnight but everybody anxiously awaited the auction.
Jao Duan Dueng na Chiangmai (let) listens to Rita Gustafsson’s opening
Holm Gustafsson (background, standing) thanked everyone. Sitting next to
Jumpol Chutima (seated center) are Anchalee Kalmapijit, operation director
Maesa Elephant Camp and her friend; David and Krista Schreiber from Bangkok;
left of Jumpol is Somrith Haikhum, president of Chiangmai Guide Association
and Suwanna Sirirath, MD Chansilp Motors.