puts students in the shade
The co-organisers of the CMIS fundraiser,
Tuyet Cahill (4th left) and Khunying Pimjai Kupadakuinij (3rd right) are
all smiles after a highly successful event.
The doors were thrown open at Chiang Mai International School
(CMIS) on Friday, November 21 for its major fundraising event of the
year. A silent auction took place, organised by the Parent- Teacher
Group (PTG), with items being donated mainly by the parents, teachers
and students themselves.
Tuyet Cahill, co-chair and PTG president, told the Chiang Mai Mail she
was amazed by the support of everyone involved, and wanted to say a
special thank you to the Amari Rincome Hotel who catered for the event
at a special price, and an even more special thank you to all the
parents and guests who came to bid on the items, helping to raise a
whopping 240,000 baht.
The proceeds will be donated to CMIS to help pay for a new basketball
court roof. The court, or sala, serves many purposes for the students
and the new permanent metal structure will provide the children with
better shelter from both the heat and rain.
A very special little boy -
and a very special company
The Asmase staff had a great time at
Agape Home with the kids. The insert shows the 7 year-old boy
who won everyone’s hearts with his cheerfulness and fortitude.
Right next door to the Chiang Mai Mail’s offices, on the
ring road near Rimping Mee Chok, you will find the office of
Asmase, an IT design and hosting company which also houses a law
firm and one-stop business solutions centre. If you visit the
company, and talk to its Dutch owner, Georg Westenbrink, you
will be told a very touching story of how a project dreamed up
by a caring owner and his employees resulted in many children in
a local orphanage, including one very special little boy,
enjoying a wonderful day, with hopefully many more to come.
The scheme is simple – whenever an employee has a birthday, he
or she is invited to choose as her birthday present a charity
which will benefit, and to decide what it needs.
When it came to her birthday, Asmase’s office manager Khun Lek
decided to do some research and discovered the Agape Home. She
arranged to go to the orphanage and find out what they would
like. The result was a great lunch (followed by ice-cream of
course) for 80 children, and all arranged with a local catering
The rest of the Asmase staff brought many other items that had
been requested, including toothbrushes, candies, biscuits and
toys, and delivered them on the big day. Everything was a huge
success, with the kids a little shy at first but full of
interaction and enthusiasm by the time the toys and the
ice-cream were handed out.
Many of the children have HIV/Aids, or some other serious health
problems; one little boy in particular attracted everyone’s
attention with his cheerfulness. The staff at Agape Home told
Georg that the 7 year-old had a congenital disease and would
possibly die quite soon. They also told him the child knew his
situation, yet had never been anything but accepting and happy.
He became all the Asmase staff’s special favourite, and won
their hearts completely.
Georg is asking for donations to help the child, and all the
other children at the orphanage - but he is not asking for
money. He would like anyone who is interested in helping to
bring clothes, food, treats, toys - anything that the children
need - to Asmase’s office on the first ring road, close to
Rimping Mee Chok. The full address is 209/4, Moo 6,
Wongvanrobnok Road., T. Fa Ham, CM 50200. You can call him on
053-853-432 or 085-526-5586, or email on [email protected]