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New learning centre for traditional dyeing and weaving skills opens in Mae Chaem

AA Insurance networking evening proves popular again

Chiang Mai Toy Ride Keeps Giving and Riding


New learning centre for traditional dyeing and weaving skills opens in Mae Chaem


AA Insurance networking evening proves popular again

Supoj Thaimyoj
The 4th of the monthly Networking 1 events was held at the Shangri-La Hotel on September 3, sponsored on this occasion by the free magazine, ‘In Focus 4 You’. 40 guests mingled, talked and exchanged their ideas about business and its possible expansion, both in Chiang Mai and in neighbouring provinces.

Monthakan Intharasri, left, draws the winning number in the lucky draw, assisted by Peter Smith, Director of AA Insurance.
Peter Smith, MD of AA Insurance Brokers. Co. Ltd., performed his duties as MC with his usual flair, inviting Monthakan Intharasri, the manager of In Focus 4 You to draw the winning ticket in the Lucky Draw, with NetrdaoViriya, consultant from the Chiang Mai branch of Muang Thai Life Insurance Co, walking away with the prize a bottle of very good wine!
The next Networking evening will take place on October 1, again at the Shangri-La, beginning at 6.30 p.m. As usual, entrance is 300 baht, including snacks, wine and beer. The regular event is proving to be successful in bringing together like-minded business people for a pleasant and useful evening.

Phillip Johnson, left, consultant for In Focus 4 You magazine, the meeting’s sponsors,  gives his welcoming and thank you speech to the guests.

(L-R), Zane Crosby-Emery of Zanegardens Tea & Coffee House enjoying the networking opportunities with Gary Morrison, of English Language Services.

(L-R), Charles  Begley, owner with his wife Rachel
of Tuskers Bar and Restaurant, chatting with Gary Marrison.

(L-R), Anong and Sandee of Newlook I.P.D. Co.Ltd.,
in conversation with Monthakan Intharasri.

(L-R), Kanda Khoo, owner of Amway, Way Batson
and Wiranphat Chaivitnon of Bean Exports Co., Ltd.

(L-R), Peter van Loo , C.E.O. of Brainware Exporters Co.Ltd., Arie J.M. de Keijzer, director of Mokador, Richard Prouse, local manager of AA Insurance Brokers and Golden Whitehead, director of Food & Beverage at the Shangri-La Hotel.

(L-R), Peter Smith and Sakda Sillprasit, attorney at law from the Thai Lanna Law office, together with Phillip Johnson and Calvin Huang, the executive director of Kingdom BIZ Co., Ltd.

(L-R), Penny Kohci,  Barry  Main, sales and marketing director
of Thai Visa, Pornchanok Prakobboon, senior sales manager
of Chiangmai Retreat Development Co.Ltd.,  Sean P. Riley of Tikithai Co.Ltd.
and Nienke Parma, owner of  Lucky Dogs .

All the guests at the Networking Evening
at the Shangri-La Hotel got together for a group photo.

Chiang Mai Toy Ride Keeps Giving and Riding

The Chiang Mai Toy Ride committee with new toilets and gifts.

Toy feeding frenzy at Pa Muang School near Mae Rim!

Scott Jones
Netting over 200,000 baht last January, the 2009 Chiang Mai Toy Ride (CMTR) annual charity motorcycle ride was a resounding success, with northern Thailand’s children in need continuing to benefit from funds raised through individual donations, business supporters, major sponsors and headline sponsors Tesco-Lotus, X-Centre, GT-Rider, Yamaha, Richco Power Sports, Thailandfreunde e.V. and AA Insurance.
Playgrounds Plus! As part of CMTR’s new Playgrounds Plus program, several schools in need have been identified as recipients of playground equipment, educational books, athletic equipment and uniforms, plus other specific needs at each location. The Chiang Mai Toy Ride’s policy is to help children in need with goods, not money, with funds channeled through Give and Live, a registered non-profit organisation in America and an official Thai foundation. Donation events are festive and encourage interaction with riders and kids, normally including snacks and toys for each child plus a few games, a clown and short presentations of goods or construction projects with the school staff.

Toys, warm blankets and lunch for 280 kids and parents
at CMTR’s Children’s Day Remote in Ban Bo Kaew

New toilets for tots! On 11 August 2009, with the assistance of CMTR headline sponsor X-Centre, Pa Muang School near Mae Rim in the Mae Sa Valley got a brand new bank of toilets. Broken and smelly, the old ones looked like a quick ticket to the hospital. The 70,000 baht project (casually named ‘Sawadee Crap’) was constructed by a local contractor with supervision from CMTR committee members. About 15-20 bikers joined the ride for the dedication, lunch, the school’s Mother’s Day celebration, several dances from tiny, costumed students and a few tug o’ war games between kids aged 4-6 and riders aged 25-70. With mothers on the kids’ end of the rope, the riders never won a match.
New uniforms for teens! Students from Bo Kham School near Samoeng, last year’s recipient of blankets, food, toys and athletic equipment, requested football uniforms for their two teams. A red set and a green set with CMTR logos appeared on their two competing teams in a Samoeng tournament on August 1, ensuring that the Chiang Mai Toy Ride would be on at least one winning team. Several riders came along for the fun.
Children’s Day Remote! On a cold winter morning following the main fund-raising ride on January 4, the annual Children’s Day Remote event on January 10 brought toys, warm blankets and food for 280 children and parents, plus a few hardy riders, to the small village of Ban Bo Kaew in the mountains beyond Samoeng.

The kids always beat the riders at tug o’ war!

More giving in the works! Several more projects and events are planned for 2009 with three more schools receiving tailored donations during the next four months. Specific dates will be announced on the CMTR website at www. chiangmaitoyride.com. This September, San Tor School near Hang Dong will get new athletic equipment, a ping pong table, illustrated books plus a computer for the library and educational toys for the younger students, plus book bags, food and toys for everyone. Huay Nam Khao School near Mae Wang is scheduled for a new playground, plus books and athletic equipment in November. The Ban Mai pre-school north of Chiang Dao is also on deck for a playground and educational toys once their new building is completed. On Christmas Eve, Santa will arrive with bags of stuffed animals for the third annual CMTR Christmas Giveaway in the acute care wards at Chiang Mai’s Maharaj Hospital.

Pa Muang dancers stole the show on Mother’s Day.
Mark your calendar for Sunday February 2, 2010! Next year’s main charity motorcycle ride is scheduled for that day, with a parade through Chiang Mai as usual - then off to the X-Centre for the party, food, entertainment, games and the famous Toy Giveaway. Picture a small mountain of toys surrounded by a hundred wide-eyed, salivating kids. There’s always one tiny tot that dives in and starts swimming in a sea of toys! The donation events throughout the year are free for everyone. The cost of the main ride? One toy. You’ll give and get many smiles in return.

Uniforms for the red and green teams at Bo Kham school.

One tiny tot swimming in a sea of toys!