The FERC California team
spreads the word that will translate into support for the FERC projects in
Longtime FERC supporters,
Chiang Mai residents Frank Weicks and Rebecca Lomax describe the charity’s
projects to donors in the US.
The Chiang Mai charity organization The Foundation for
the Education of Rural Children was recently introduced to the California,
USA, Bay Area by its North America representative, Steve Deering.
Deering who recently was elected as the North America representative for
FERC speaks to the guests who attended the FERC event in San Fransisco.
A group of about fifty invited guests gathered at a famous marina seafood
establishment in Marin County to enjoy California wines and seafood, and to
hear about FERC and its work in providing access to education for rural
children in Thailand.
Large windows at the restaurant provided a backdrop of sailboats and
mountains as the partygoers mingled and browsed through items made in
Thailand and donated to the group for a small silent auction. Thai jewelry,
silver, silk, cotton, wooden and bamboo items and even a painting by an
elephant were all auctioned off to happy bid winners.
Mr. Deering is a longtime friend of Thailand, having traveled extensively
throughout the area for many years. He was recently named North America
representative to the foundation, and is developing a team of colleagues in
the United States who share his interest in the work of the foundation. He
spoke briefly to the gathering, talking about his experiences in Chiang Mai
and his visits to several FERC projects. Then Frank Weicks and Rebecca
Lomax, FERC board members, talked about recently funded projects.
Dollars raised at the event will be used for the foundation’s scholarship
program for rural children in Thailand. Interested people are encouraged to
visit the foundation’s website, www. thai-rural-education.org, for further