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Wake held for Adrian O’Herlihy

The International Conference on Health Promotion held in Chiang Mai

Bikers revving and roarin’ to raise funds

Wake held for Adrian O’Herlihy

Irish send-off, to be sure, to be sure!

Staff reporters

Despite only two years in Chiang Mai, it seems like Adrian O’Herlihy has lived here all his life. Everyone was used to the always smiling face of the bustling Irish chef Adrian O’Herlihy, be it at La Gritta, the Amari Coffee Shop, or on the golf course. (Of course there were other nocturnal outlets where his Irish brogue could be heard and he could be seen having a good time as that’s what you have, if you enjoy good food in Chiang Mai.)

Friends in Irish Plus 4’s with Irish chef Adrian W. O’Herlihy (from left) Grahame, Mervyn, Chef Adrian, David and Norman.

He was always eager to lend a hand. His outgoing personality and his professionalism when it came to cooking made him a great resource for anybody who needed help regarding a recipe.

Girls and boys of all ages and persuasions wished Adrian a great start in Bejing. (From left) Yupin, Daisy, Michael, Dot, Doris and Raffaela.

Sunday night at The Bear’s Den’ saw a huge crowd of people, and believe it or not, even some real Irish, to be sure, to be sure. Some even arrived in Irish Plus 4’s, but it was not known whether this was done in Adrian’s honor, or just to be ready bright and early for golf the following day!

Bear’s Den host David Studwicke and ‘The Pub’ host Grahame Quinn were also in high spirits (or was that high on spirits?).

The variety of people who considered Adrian as a friend during his stay in the rose of the north could be seen in the guests and the noise level soon reached a high score on the neighborhood tolerance scale. But begorrah, this was a wake where the guest of honor was still alive! To be sure, to be sure.

Everybody came to enjoy the Irish hospitality one last time. (From left) Chanin, resident manager at the Amari Rincome, Chef Adrian, Plakaporn Amari Rincome’s administration manager, Nong, Budget customer relations manager, Oi and Tony, the new food and beverage manager of the Amari Rincome Hotel.

Adrian is moving on to Beijing in China, but everybody present at the farewell wished him a most successful and enjoyable time, and that he will be back as often as possible for a good round of golf, a cold beer and good Thai food. May everybody have recovered from the wake by the time this article is published.

General manager Wim Fagel, Chef Adrian and the whole kitchen crew of the Rincome came together for a goodbye photo session.


The International Conference on Health Promotion held in Chiang Mai

Autsadaporn Kamthai

To achieve the World Health Organization (WHO) aims of in health promotion, 735 participants from 16 participant countries in five continents joined a conference in Chiang Mai to exchange experiences, widen their vision and build a more globally coordinated mission.

Prior to the conference, a press conference was held on October 19, participated by Assoc. Prof. Wipada Kunaviktikul, dean of CMU’s Nursing Faculty, Prof. Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw, from the School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Prof. Dr. Noel Chrisman, from the School of Nursing, University of Washington, and Prof. Dr. Ether Chang from the School of Nursing, Family & Community Health, University of Western Sydney, as well as Areekul Amornsriwattanakul from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.

The press was briefed on the results of the conference by Assoc Prof Wipada Kunaviktikul, dean of CMU’s Nursing Faculty; Prof Ada Sue Hinshaw, from the School of Nursing, University of Michigan; Prof Noel Chrisman, from the School of Nursing, University of Washington, Prof Esther Chang from the School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, University of Western Sydney and Areekul Amornsriwattanakul from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation.

Prof Chrisman stated that health promotion organizations in Seattle, USA had learned from and duplicated many of Thailand’s methods, especially in community involvement. In the past US government supplied only 5 percent of its health budget on health and disease promotion and research while 95 percent was given to health treatment, said Prof Chrisman. However, this was changing, he said.

Areekul said that formerly the main problem for Thailand’s health promotion was a lack of networks in this field. The rise of public involvement in health promotion was one of indicators of success in health promotion of the Health Promotion Foundation and the country as a whole, said Areekul.

The conference was expected to produce guidelines for future coordination between participating countries and to stimulate more research dealing with health promotion, said Assoc Prof Wipada.

Site visits to community health service centers and schools in Chiang Mai would provide a chance for personnel from other countries to observe the Thai methods, added Assoc Prof Wipada.


Bikers revving and roarin’ to raise funds

Autsadaporn Kamthai

Rev up your bikes and get ready for the next “Bike Week” to raise funds for charity in Chiang Mai and Lampang.

Organized by the North Comet Motorcycle Club Chiang Mai, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and T-Gear, the Chiang Mai Bike Week has the added aims of promoting tourism in the northern region and strengthening relationships among biker clubs, said Supoj Weerapreechameth, chairman of the North Comet Motorcycle Club.

(Seated left to right) Supoj Weerapreechameth, chairman of the North Comet Motorcycle Club, Jumpol Saranark, director of TAT, Radab Kanchanawanik, Worawit Ong-krutraksa, activity department manager for the North Comet Motorcycle Club, and Erwin Luser, BMW motorcycle manager at the press conference held on October 23.

A welcome party, fair and Miss Chiang Mai Bike Week competitions will take place at the Central Airport Plaza December 10-11.

On December 11, participants will head for the Elephant Hospital (Elephant Conservation Center) in Lampang, to hand over a charity donation to support the project to protect Thai elephants.

Previous recipients have included the Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5 with money to purchase sniffer dogs and bullet-proof jackets for the Border Patrol Police.

The organizers hope to attract 600 bikers from other countries to join the bike week. “That will make up a total number of 1,500 bikers from Thailand and surrounding countries to visit Chiang Mai and support social charity,” said Supoj.

The Lampang Bike Week will be held as a warm-up on November 20, at an open space near the Municipality Market 4 opposite Big C hypermarket. The money raised will go to the Leprosy Fund.



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