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Thai Together

European Union Film Festival 2005

Thai Together

A big idea for a big cause

Marion Vogt

Did you ever meet a couple where you could feel the power behind every word which was spoken? Joan and Eddie Marcus from New York make such a couple.

Joan’s business card reads ‘Thinker & Marketing Partner Bright House’ and she is a regular visitor to Thailand and received an award from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit for her assistance with the ‘Aid To Artisans’ (ATA), a non-profit organization offering practical assistance to artisan groups worldwide to create sustainable enterprises through design and marketing, development and commercial connections.

The ‘Thai Together Bracelet’, designed by Prae Piromya, hand-made from indigenous Thai materials in villages surrounding Chiang Mai.

Her latest idea ‘Thai Together’ brought her to Chiang Mai to promote the philanthropic work of the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation which is raising funds to rebuild tsunami stricken areas in Thailand. They found a partner and have already joined forces with one Chiang Mai company to produce a ‘Thai Together Bracelet’, designed by Prae Piromya, the daughter of Thailand’s ambassador to the US, Kasit Piromya.

It is hand-made from natural indigenous Thai materials making a cottage industry in villages surrounding Chiang Mai.

(Right) Joan and Eddie Marcus, assisting the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Foundation.

The plan sees two phases for the bracelet, with the initial launch of 100,000 which will be sold for USD 4 and distributed in the US only, and the second production of 1,000,000 bracelets of different materials that will be distributed globally.

As the bracelet will only be produced in the northern region of Thailand, we are looking forward to the boost this will give to local artists, craftsmen and manufacturers. A Big Idea for a Big Cause.

The initial launch date is on July 14, 2005, hosted by Ambassador Piromya in New York City.

European Union Film Festival 2005

The European Union Film festival brings to Chiang Mai some of the best motion pictures to come from Europe in the past few years. English language sub-titles are used in this multi-cultural exercise.

The event takes place June 9 – 19. Tickets: 70 baht. Major Cineplex Central Airport Plaza Chiangmai. Tel: 0-5328 3939.