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Hashers are much more than drinkers with a running problem

Prem boys basketball teams win at home

Chiang Mai Pool league

Chiang Rai mooted for international football academy

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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Hashers are much more than drinkers with a running problem

Charity Hash Run benefits local Wheelies

Jiraphat Warasin and Autsadaporn Kamthai

The Chiang Mai Hash House Harriers arranged a charity run on March 13 to provide funding for wheelchairs for disabled people. The turn-out for the “Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai” saw over 60 expats aged between 23-60 from America, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Sweden pay the 500 baht entry and hoof off into the scrub, knowing that their donation would end up as wheelchairs for disabled rural children helped by the Chiang Mai Disabled Center’s Wheelchair Clinic.

Hashers and friends run for the money - not for themselves, but to help the disadvantaged

Hares set two trails - one at 7.5 km and the other 5 km, with the longer distance being the most popular with the energetic Hashers, though some runners who missed the paper trail would have run considerably further.

One pretty runner with her “hot” dog.

Hashers surely received their money’s worth, too, as the event fee included a free special events shirt, a free Guinness (for St. Patrick’s Day) at the B stop, free beer after the run, free soft drinks, free BBQ after the run at the Irish Pub, with beer, and spot prizes and lucky draws.

Peter, the organizer and a member of the Foundation to Encourage Disabled Persons, said that this was their first charity run for to benefit the disabled. They have a weekly run each Saturday, but this time decided they wanted to give something back to Chiang Mai, their residence these days. “We make this activity our usual exercise ... we do not intend to compete for any trophies or prizes,” said Peter. However, since the run would also help disabled children in society, they were delighted to help.

A welcome break - water for some, Guinness for others...

They are already planning to repeat the event next year said Kiwi. “We received good feedback both from Thais and expats and some support from private organizations such as the Irish Pub, Rydges Hotel and others,” said Peter.

At the end, the Hash dinner was held at the UN Irish Pub to celebrate their charity run and relax with some liquid refreshment.

Kiwi sips back a “green beer’ whilst dispensing the blarney.

Organizer Peter (in red T-shirt) is all smiles during a successful event.

A fun crew if there ever was one, and charitable to boot.

Prem boys basketball teams win at home

Katherine Voll

Last Tuesday, both the Under 16 and Under 19 Prem boys’ basketball teams had outstanding games, defeating APIS at home. The final scores were 60 - 16 for the Under 16 game and 42-31 for the Under 19 year olds.

Prem player Oru goes up for the shot (and grabs some air while he’s at it!)

In the Under 16 game, Prem set a fast-paced offensive game right from the start, making the most of their many fast break opportunities. Prem defense was also very solid, though APIS showed strong inside play throughout. In the end, however, Prem’s fast breaks were just too frequent and their offense was too effective to contain.

The Under 19 game was a closely fought match-up featuring excellent shooting by both sides. Prem was able to contain a very strong APIS offence with solid team defense. Both teams displayed tenacious rebounding and the game proved very entertaining to watch.

Prem player Asaf steps up to the free throw line

Both Under 16 teams are gearing up for the CMAC tournament to be held March 27. The Under 19 teams will compete in their season-ending tournament, to be hosted by Lanna at Grace International School. Good luck to both teams!

Chiang Mai Pool league

Chiang Rai mooted for international football academy

Thai architects to compete for stadium design

The international guiding body for football world-wide is FIFA. This organization claims that 204 member nations and associations are playing football and one quarter of the world population is showing interest in this sport.

(From left) Stefan Effenberg, Harald Wywjias (CEO of AFA999) and Mr. Eckstein (director of Goethe Institute).

Thailand does play football, but not at the European football level. Is this because we have no ‘star’? Tennis in Thailand is now on the map, following Paradorn Srichapan, the young tennis player who conquered the hearts of everybody. Should it not be possible that in the year 2010 that Thailand’s national team could compete for the world title, as has been done by the small African country of Cameroon?

Stefan Effenberg during his press conference. He will soon come back to Chiang Mai for his “Football Talent Search” - Chiangmai Mail will keep you informed.

Some people believe that the future of World Football lies in Asia and especially here in Thailand. One of these is Stefan Effenberg, the international football star, winner of the Champions League and multiple German champion as well as team captain of Bayern Munich. He has decided to establish in Thailand the Stefan Effenberg AFA 999, Asian First Football Academy.

Chiang Rai has been chosen as the location and Chiang Rai Governor Narin Panichkit is giving active support to the project.

Thailand’s politicians also believe that Thailand’s social, economic and international future is embedded in its youth. AFA wants to help Thailand’s government within the sector of “international sports” to find and train our future stars to world standards.

The venue is important, according to Stefan Effenberg, so he is promoting a national contest for a design for the first Asian football academy in Thailand.

Further details can be obtained from Stefan Effenberg AFA 999, Omni Tower 69/52, Sukhumvit Soi 4, Bangkok 10112, tel. 02 656 7182, Fax 02 656 7097, email: [email protected]

Information in Thai: tel. 05 170 6796, information in English: tel. 05 170 6795, information in German: tel. 05 170 6799.

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub) every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.

BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at:

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!