HM Queen Sirikit birthday celebration
Northern provinces celebrate HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday at Mae Rim
Gen. Chitchai Wannasathit presents jasmine in front of a picture of HM Queen
A celebration to mark HM Queen Sirikit’s 73rd birthday
was held at the Northern Study Center, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai led by cabinet
ministers and their wives. Pol. Gen. Chitchai Wannasathit, deputy PM and
minister of justice; ACM Kongsak Wantana, minister of interior and MPs,
senators, governors, and others joined the celebration which was broadcast
to the other four regions throughout the country.
Lanna holy objects and flowers from the 17 Northern provinces were
presented in front of the queen’s picture, followed by a performance
entitled “Adore the Mother”. Candles were lit to bless HM Queen Sirikit
and fireworks released.
Gen. Chitchai Wannasathit, deputy PM and minister of justice; ACM Kongsak
Wantana, (new) minister of interior and wives and cabinets celebrate HM
Queen Sirikit’s birthday at Northern Study Center, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai.
10,000 trees, 200,000 fish, but thankfully no loaves
Photos by R. Lomax
Rotarians from Chiang Mai and Lamphun in cooperation with
Interact members, and the District Governor of RI region 2206 as well as the
mayor of Lamphun went ahead with an environment and beautification project
to plant 10,000 trees along the previously bare railroad track in Doi Ti,
Lamphun. This was done on Mother’s Day, the birthday of HM The Queen. Many
groups from the area were actively involved, as tree planting projects
should raise awareness in the future generation to develop an understanding
of their environment.
Somjin Rearngkij and Frank Weicks, Rotary President from Chiangmai West,
agreed that the Rotary Environmental Planting Scheme has already had a very
Rotary Governor Tawee Tapingkae and Frank Weicks, Rotary
President from Chiangmai West, agreed that the Rotary Environmental Planting
Scheme has already had a very positive impact shown by the growing interest
from the students.
After 10,000 trees were planted 200,000 fish were
released into the Ping River as a way of making merit. So if you find one
with a Rotary logo, you know where it came from. Don’t eat it – put it
youth and adults worked together on this environment project.
and others planted 10,000 trees along the previously bare railroad track in
Doi Ti, Lamphun.
It was a
major job to release 200,000 fish into the Ping River, but it was obvious
that the little girls enjoyed doing it.
with the organizing committee after a hard day’s workout.
Tributes paid to HM Queen by the people of Chiang Mai
Governor Suwat Tantipat led more than 2,000 people,
including government officials, soldiers, police and the citizens of Chiang
Mai in paying tribute to HM Queen Sirikit in honor of her 73rd birthday,
with a huge ceremony on August 12 at Chiang Mai University.
Celebrations for the Mother of Our Nation were held in Chiang Mai at
various locations. At Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Municipality organized an alms
giving ceremony to 74 monks. Awards were presented to the best mothers as
well the tribute ceremony itself and the lighting of candles throughout
Suwat Tantipat performs the ceremony. (Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)
Suwat Tantipat leads the people of Chiang Mai in tribute to HM the Queen.
(Photo by Saksit Meesubkwang)
“An Evening At Home” raises 7 million baht for charity
The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai and
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) Wellspring International, and
United States based establishments with partner Asian organizations aiding
women and children, hosted a fundraising dinner which brought in seven
million baht for their causes.
Suwat Tantipat (3rd from right) and Ravi Zacharias, Wellspring International
establisher in USA (2nd right) with other guests.
The dinner was held on Monday, August 8 at Jum Tong Hall
to benefit Chiang Mai charities Just Food and Im Jai House, two non-profit
organizations helping women and children in need. This charitable dinner was
part of the social support project of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
Consul General Bea Camp with her husband David Summers and Kurt Wachtveitl,
general manager of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.
The inspirational address was delivered by international
speaker and author Dr. Ravi Zacharias, founder of Wellspring International,
who said this activity was not only to donate funds for women and children,
but also give them hope and encouragement to continue to struggle. World
famous vocalist Usha Uthup and the children of Im Jai House, a home for
children orphaned by AIDS, provided musical entertainment.
The buffet dinner for 150 guests also welcomed Governor
Suwat Tantipat and his wife Ornadda, Dr. Chao Duangduan Na Chiang Mai, US
Consul General Bea Camp with her husband David and Pornchai Jitnavasathien,
deputy mayor of Chiang Mai.
and his wife Margaret (center) welcome
Just Food is an outreach for women seeking to leave the
sex industry. Training in all aspects of the restaurant work, as well as
necessary life skills, is offered, providing women with hope for a
successful future. This event will now provide necessary funds for an
emergency home for these women and a vocational training center.
Im Jai house is a home for children orphaned by AIDS where they are able
to be part of a family again and given a quality life so they will become
productive members of society.
Usha Uthup (back row) and the children of Im Jai House.
Suwat Tantipat (left) and his wife Ornadda Tantipat (3rd right) were guests
of honor, seen here with Patrick-Denis Finet, the GM of Mandarin Oriental
Dhara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai (right).