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Many Lamps – One Light focuses on Generosity, Tolerance and Unity of Religion

Donation gala for School For Life held in Germany

Chiang Mai Toy Ride 2008

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 deeply.
 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 well ?
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 directions.

 

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.

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.
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.

The 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 event.
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.



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