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
and friends run for the money - not for themselves, but to help the
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
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
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.
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.
sips back a “green beer’ whilst dispensing the blarney.
Peter (in red T-shirt) is all smiles during a successful event.
crew if there ever was one, and charitable to boot.