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A dazzling performance of song and dance at Kad Theatre

A good deed for those in need

A dazzling performance of song and dance at Kad Theatre

The cast, crew and organizers being applauded for their wonderful performance of Paquita and Snow White 2007.

The 6th musical dance playing on “Paquita and Snow White 2007” show was held recently at the Kad Theatre in Chiang Mai to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 80th year anniversary this year.
According to Mom Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat, Owner, Director and Principal of the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy and as the organizing committee chairperson, Thai Airways International, the Government Lottery Office, and Chiang Mai Ballet Academy jointly sponsored this spectacular show of talents that included singing and dancing.
Proceeds from this event were donated to the Royal charitable projects through the Provincial Red Cross Chapter of Chiang Mai, and to the Disable Welfare Centre.
Maneenut Semarasut, a leading Thai singer performed together with dancers from the Flamenco and Jazz Tap along with the popular and winning singers from C-SA TV Channel 3, students from the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy and the Kids from Chiang Rai.


A good deed for those in need

Prof. Dr. Phongsak Angkasit, Rector of Chiang Mai University said in honor of HM the King’s 80th birthday celebrations on 5 December 2007 the university is setting up a project to provide cataract surgery, extract wisdom teeth, insert false teeth and rehabilitate dental health of 180 inmates of Chiang Mai Women’s Prison
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ms. Somsanguan Asayakhun, Head of the Ophthalmology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University said cataracts causes the eyeball or the lens to become misty where otherwise it is crystal clear. This blocks the light from entering the eye and results in blurred vision. The process is gradual and eventually the eye turns white and vastly impaired vision. If it remains untreated it will eventually lead to total blindness. Cataracts are the main cause of blindness in Thailand and 150,000 sufferers remain untreated each year. The only treatment is to surgically remove the lens and replace it with an artificial one and after which normal vision returns barring complications.
On the occasion of HM the King’s 80th Birthday on 5 December the University acknowledges the selfless grace of His Majesty in helping the poor throughout the country and is therefore organizing the Project in honor of HM the King’s Birthday to provide surgery to 180 cataracts sufferers who lack the chance of having the surgery in order to save their eyesight.
From data provided by the Chiang Mai Women’s Prison many inmates are suffering from tooth decay and are in pain. Because they remain untreated it progresses into abscesses and swelling of the mouth and nearby organs because they become infected. The cases are most severe in the cases of wisdom teeth and can spread to other organs and even result in death. Many of the inmates have lost lots of teeth and require false teeth in order to chew food.
The patients need to be treated and receive dental health promotion. It is a well know fact that the HM the King’s grace spreads to all Thais and on the 5th of December each year prisoners are pardoned. His Majesty is also worried about the health of the people as well as dental health. The project will provide 90 wisdom teeth extractions, provide 90 patients with false teeth and also promote dental health to inmates of Chiang Mai Women’s Prison.



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