Many Lamps – One Light focuses
on Generosity, Tolerance and Unity of Religion
(l-r) Carmel, Frank, Carol,
Nasser, Stratton, Evan, Neung, Rose and Mike (the congenial hosts), Rudy,
Araya, Grace, Dale and Dr Chancery pose for a group photograph after the
very first meeting.
“Many Lamps - One Light” programes provide a very
beautiful experience for meditatively reflecting on important subjects which
we take so much for granted and don’t often have the opportunity to ponder
The inaugural programme on 24th November focused on the subject of
“Generosity”. The 8th December meeting will focus on “Tolerance” and that of
22nd December, on ”The Unity of Religion”. Of course we all know what these
things mean - but how often do we reflect upon how these fine qualities are
used by us to enhance our own lives and the lives of those around us, as
The programmes are not designed for, nor will they provide suggestions or
solutions. Only we can provide our own answers and this will be done through
peaceful, easy contemplation without skills of any kind being required - in
a relaxed and sacred place with accompanying soft music. Each of these
totally free of charge programmes commence at 2.30 pm. sharp will last about
30 minutes and will be followed by refreshments. Everyone should be away by
no later than 4.00 p.m.
Rather than turn to the vast libraries of “self-help” and “inspirational”
literature, these programmes have all been sourced from the different sacred
writings of the various world faiths. Each meeting focuses on a particular
“theme”. The selected writings serve two purposes. Firstly, to trigger our
own, personal, responses and thoughts for contemplation and secondly, to
indicate how close all the sacred writings really are to one another. This
realisation alone brings us into a much sought after harmony with the world
and to our fellow beings.
There are no speakers at these gatherings. We do not carry with us any
“religion” badges when we meet at “Many Lamps - One Light” (only our first
names) and we have only one ground rule - that we do not bring into the
meetings any suggestions of the inferiority or superiority of any particular
faith. This is simply “not on”. Everyone will be more than welcome to enjoy
these good and edifying experiences. The meetings are held on the 2nd and
4th Saturday afternoons of each month in Room 209 (on 2nd floor - lobby
level ), Hillside 4 Condominiums ,Huay Kaew Road. Enquire at reception for
Donation gala for School For Life held in Germany
The president of the Thailand Friends Community charity organisation
welcomed more than 200 guests to the third annual Donation Gala held in
the city of Ludwighafen am Rhine, South West Germany. Held under the
auspices of district Mayor Rainer Reiss, this year’s event raised over
3,000 euros for the School for Life here in Chiang Mai.
successful and much appreciated feature of the gala was the auction of
an antique Thai Buddha figure from the Ayutthaya city and period, which
fetched 200 euros.
The programme included a fabulous cabaret show given by the stars of
Viktor-Viktoria, a dialect theatre show, and a performance by Germany’s
best known Thai traditional dancer, Apinyia “Mary” Bertololy, and was
enthusiastically received by the audience. An interesting and
informative film about the German Thailand Friends’ Group, produced last
January by Thai Channel 11 to commemorate Thailand Children’s Day, was
shown on both nights at the Gala.
The annual “Thailand Friend of the Year” National culture prize and
title was won by the journalist and publisher Mrs. Gudula Heugel, who is
donating the proceeds from the sale of her recently published children’s
book to be divided between Thailand Friends and the School for Life. The
new “Thailand Friend of the Year” international prize was won by Mr.
Martin Birzle, the founder and owner of the famous Roor glass factories
in Germany, Holland and the USA. Mr. Birzle has been responsible for a
large number of donations of cash and goods. The prize for this new
category was a lovely carved wood representation of Fang Nah, the Thai
angel of good fortune, made in Ban Tawai especially for the occasion.
programme included a fabulous performance by Germany’s best known Thai
traditional dancer, Apinyia “Mary” Bertololy.
Another successful and much appreciated feature of the gala was the
auction of an antique Thai Buddha figure from the Ayutthaya city and
period, which fetched 200 euros. Lottery tickets were also sold together
with paintings by the children of the School for Life.
The Thailand Friends’ president, Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon promised to
donate an amount of approximately 4,000 euros to the School for Life
early in the New Year, together with 500 euros to the Burma Victim Camp
for sick children in Chiang Mai.
He said that he is very much looking forward to co-operating with the
School for Life next summer in the training of students in occupational
Medical Foot Therapy and Podology.
Mr. Weeber-Arayatumsopon has already built a school in Sansai District,
Chiang Mai, which will be opened in July 2008. He wishes the Thailand
Friends’ Community to expand and to open new branches, the first of
which should be in Thailand itself. The German branch has already
donated more than 15,000 euros in cash and over 40,000 euros in
equipment to the School for Life.
The annual “Thailand Friend of the Year”
National culture prize and title was won by the journalist and publisher
Mrs. Gudula Heugel, and the new “Thailand Friend of the Year”
international prize was won by Mr. Martin Birzle.
The programme also included a fabulous
cabaret show given
by the stars of Viktor-Viktoria.
Chiang Mai Toy Ride 2008
On January 6th, 2008, the first Motorcycle Toy Ride in aid of
disadvantaged children will take place in Chiang Mai. Hundreds of
motorcycles of all shapes and sizes laden with toys, games and stuffed
animals will parade around the city, with an optional loop to Samoeng,
then gather for a festive Charity Party at Huai Tung Tao Lake, where
they will make a massive pile of toys to be given to needy children and
babies. Following the success and popularity of similar events in other
parts of the world, the Chiang Mai motorcycle community has come
together with the hope and expectation that this will become an annual
All motorcyclists in Chiang Mai are invited to take part – just bring
yourselves, your bikes, and a toy to gladden a child’s heart! Our
objectives are to bring a smile to disadvantaged childrens’ faces, to
promote goodwill between the Thai and overseas motorcycling community
and the people of Chiang Mai, and to have a great, fun filled day! We
are sure that the 2008 Chiang Mai Toy Ride will generate enormous
interest and enjoyment, and become a major charity event each year. It
is our aim to make the event the largest of its kind in the whole of
Asia. If you don’t have a bike, please sponsor a rider with more toys!
The Event Timetable is as follows:-
Sunday January 6th
Meet at Tesco Kham Tieng at 10 a.m., and then parade through the city -
a map is available both on www. chiangmaitoyride.com and www.gtrider,com
Road ride to Samoeng – those not wishing to ride as far go directly to
Huay Tung Tao Lake.
Afternoon/evening party at the lake, including food and drink vendors,
fun and games, and presentation of toys to local needy children with the
help of Give and Live.
Saturday January 12th – Childrens’ Day!
Presentation of toys to different groups of hospitalised and
disadvantaged children. Riders are welcome to attend.
For further information, please visit our website at
www.chiangmaitoyride.com, email at [email protected] toyride.com, or call
-for English-Charles Begley on 087-180-4665, or –for Thai—Sirirat
Straghan on 086-919-6285.