H.E. Admiral Usni Pramoj performs
in a benefit for Viengping Children’s Home
Story by Shana Kongmun
Photos by Supoj Thiamyoj
H.E. Admiral Usni Pramoj and his quintet of skilled musicians performed at
the Four Seasons Hotel Chiang Mai on Saturday January 23 in benefit of the
Viengping Children’s Home. The Viengping Children’s Home was established in
1986 as a baby care unit and was expanded two years later to include orphans
from the entire Northern region. The home cares for babies until the age of
six, girls from the age of 7 to 18 and boys until they are 6. Boys older
than 6 live in the Home for Boys next door, however, it is under separate
Admiral Usni Pramoj receives a gift from the Four Seasons General Manager,
Baan ViengPing, as the home is known, was the first orphanage in the country
to also take in HIV positive children and those left orphaned as a result of
the parents dying from AIDS. As a result, the orphanage took in children
from around the country, as for some time, it was the only facility to do
so. Now, following Viengping’s lead, other homes across the country take in
HIV orphans so the home currently only has children from the North. The
Home’s main aim is to provide orphaned children with a loving home
environment that gives them the skills and knowledge they will need for
their future. The long term goal is to provide the resident children with
foster homes and, ultimately, adoption. Many children have been adopted over
the years, often going to foreign homes.
Vieng Ping, while relying on government funding needs help in providing the
children with those little extras that add joy to their lives. You can help
with cash donations but you can also help by stopping in to drop off
clothing (winter clothing is especially helpful in the cool months), toys
and games, and fruit and food.
ViengPing Director Jiraporn Chowprayoon Yamamoto, and four of the children
from the Home who attended the concert at the Four Seasons Hotel.
H.E. Admiral M.L. Usni Pramoj, performed in a quintet with Tasana
Nagavajara, Omporn Kowinta, Siripong Tiptan and Kittikhun Sodprasert at the
Four Seasons Hotel Chiang Mai to raise money for the orphanage. They first
performed a beautiful work composed by Mendelssohn but it was the
compositions of H.E. Usni Pramoj himself that touched many of the guests.
The quintet performed Threnody, a moving work that he composed in memory of
HRH Galyani Vadhana.
After the performances, many of the guests retired to enjoy the lavish
buffet dinner at the Four Seasons, enjoying the beautiful atmosphere of its
magnificent gardens. Honored guests included Chumporn Sangmanee, the Deputy
Governor of Chiang Mai, Thanpuying Varaporn Pramoj and Bill and Kathy
Heinecke of the Minor Group.
The evening was a great success, raising nearly 66,000 baht to go to Baan
ViengPing, however, everyone is encouraged to continue to help as every bit
counts. Please drop in with any toys, clothes and treats for the children,
the Home is located on the Chotana – Mae Rim road, the power of a simple
gift can put a smile on a child’s face.
Violinists, Tasana Nagajavara (1st left) and
Omporn Kowinta (2nd left) with Siripong Tiptan, violist, (middle) Kittikhun
Sodprasert, the violincellist (2nd right) and H.E. Admiral Usni Pramoj (1st
right) are congratulated by the guests on their wonderful performance.
(From left) Bob and Carol Sutton join Chiang Mai
Mail Managing Editor Shana Kongmun and Zoe Addams before the concert at the
Four Seasons Hotel Chiang Mai.
Thanpuying Varaporn Pramoj chats with Kathy and
at the performance by H.E. Admiral Usni Pramoj on January 23.
Friends of Chiang Mai celebrate 2nd anniversary
Members and guests of the
Friends of Chiang Mai
at the 2nd Anniversary Party at JJ Market on January 21.
Story by Shana Kongmun
Photos by Jedsadapong Wongkiew
Both Thai and expat community members joined together at JJ Market on Friday
January 22 to celebrate the second anniversary of the Friends of Chiang Mai
and to wish its founder, Duenpen Chaladlam, or Boong as she is known, a very
happy birthday on this celebratory day.
of best children’s costume joins Duanpen Chaladlam, Chiang Mai Friends
President and Anchalee Kalmapijit, winner of the best adult costume.
The evening started early and guests were encouraged to wear fancy dress,
either traditional Lanna costumes, western or 50’s clothing, and many guests
did so. The emcee kept the crowd entertained wearing cowboy attire and a few
of the guests wore Hill Tribe clothing. Trophies were handed out for best
children’s costume and best Thai costume as well. The evening ended with
many donated gifts awarded, with spa treatments, dinners, and Nok Air
tickets being handed out to lucky attendees.
Guests of honor included U.S. Consul General Michael Morrow and his
vivacious wife Shannon, the British Honourary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson, the
Honorary Australian Consul Michael Walther, the Honorary Consul of Sweden,
Supajee Nilubol, the Honorary Consul of Peru, M.L. Preeyapun Sridhava, the
Vice President of Chamber of the Commerce Chalermchart Nakarangkul, former
Mayor of Chiang Mai, Dr. Deuntemduang Na Chiangmai, the President of Chiang
Mail Longstay Life Club (Japanese Expats) Mr. Shinozuka Shinichiro and Wilas
Panyawong, Manager of the Plaza, Chiang Mai. Many of whom braved the dance
floor to join in traditional dancing with lovely traditionally clad Lanna
ladies or ended the evening lighting lanterns and watching them float off
into the sky.
Poom the M.C joins Kate
Settakorn, Michael K. Morrow, U.S. Consul General,
Ben Svasti Thomson, Honourary British Consul, Duenpen Chaladlam ,
Friends of Chiang Mai President, Narong Tananuwat, Shinozuka Shinichiro,
President of Chiang Mai Longstay Life Club and Juthapak Puangsuwan
on stage for the anniversary party.