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Care for Dogs hosts party at the Rati Lanna Riverside Spa and Hotel

Chiang Mai ToyRide 2010: Three’s A Charm!


Care for Dogs hosts party at the Rati Lanna Riverside Spa and Hotel

For the first time in its 82 year history the ‘Oscars’ came – in style – to Chiang Mai. The occasion? A river side party, cabaret and dinner hosted by the local charity Care For Dogs at the sumptuous setting of the Rati Lanna Hotel. A big screen (edited) version of the actual Academy Awards ceremony was a highlight of the fun packed evening.

Karin Hawelka of Care of Dogs greets party goers and talks about the goals of her organization to help treat, home and sterilize dogs in Chiang Mai

This began with cocktails and snacks while the audience listened to the incomparable Ana Gracey in a programme of movie related songs. A vegetarian buffet dinner followed, with wine and other drinks available. There was a silent auction, a live auction and a raffle and an Oscar related quiz. In addition, two sections of the awards ceremony showing the highlights of the occasion which had taken place in Hollywood the evening before.

Karin Hawelka of Care for Dogs said the following day: “This was a big event for us but thanks to the Ratti Lanna and the great participation from the public and our staff and supporters we hope to have made some much needed cash to continue our work in Chiang Mai. It is too early to say whether such a time consuming event could be repeated next year. Let’s hope so – or something similar to help get our name in front of the city’s public.”

The event, which took place on Monday 8 March, began at 6.30 and went on late into the evening with lavish prizes and auction items – donated by local businesses, hotels and restaurants being collected by the guests.

Ana Gracey performs at the party at the Rati Lanna Riverside Spa and Hotel.

You can contact Care for Dogs on www.carefordogs .org for further information about their work.

Another event is planned on Saturday 20 March at the Gallery Restaurant and Jazz Bar, beginning at 6.30 with an appetizer buffer and followed by an evening of live music, again featuring the powerful voice of local favourite Ana Gracey with top local musicians – Jazz, blues, soul and standards will be on the musical menu.

The event is to raise funds for the Hand to Paw Temple Dog Food Drive and the Care for Dogs Foundation YVY Treatment programme. Further information on 053 248 601/2. The Gallery jazz bar is at 25-29 Charoenrat Road and the show is appropriately called Down by the River.

Ana Gracey congratulates one of the lucky prize winners
at the “Night at the Oscars” benefit party for Care for Dogs.

Festive party goers dressed in their finery enjoy
the Oscar show and musical performances.


Chiang Mai ToyRide 2010: Three’s A Charm!

Officials from Charoen Motors/Yamaha present a donation of 25,000 baht to Robert Straghan, Co-chair of CMTR. (Photo by Ally Taylor)

David Unkovich of CMTR with 4 blokes who came from Australia to join the Chiang Mai ToyRide. (Photo by Ally Taylor)

By Scott Jones
Everyone exceeded their fun quotas at the third annual Chiang Mai ToyRide (CMTR) charity motorcycle ride on Sunday, 21 February 2010. Nearly 200 bikes of all shapes and sizes (and riders of all shapes, sizes and ages) met the Tesco Khamtien parking lot in Chiang Mai to start the ride/parade to the X-Centre near Mai Rim for an afternoon of food, drink, music, clowns, magician, best decorated bike contest, prizes, face painting, games, relays and the famous giveaway to children from the mountain of toys the riders had donated. The only requirement for admission was one toy, though it was also mandatory for attendees to smile a lot while watching the antics of the special guests of the day: about 100 children from Chiang Mai’s School for the Blind, the Children’s Shelter Foundation, the Glenn Croston House in Lamphun, and the Ban San Fan Orphange in near Doi Saket.

Life is definitely more fun with a butterfly on your face. (Photo by Ally Taylor)

By the end of the day, 350 bikes were counted as well as about a quarter of a million baht in net funds raised through individual donations, business supporters, major sponsors and headline sponsors: Chiang Mai Mail, Tesco-Lotus, X-Centre, GT-Rider, Yamaha/Charoen Motor, Richco Motor Sports, Impulse Tourism, Guitarman and Code Electric.

These funds will be used to help children in need throughout northern Thailand in CMTR’s Playground Plus Program, which targets kids that are “under the radar” and haven’t been helped by other organizations. CMTR’s mission is to identify the needs of children in villages, orphanages or schools, and then present them with the goods they want, not the cash, during donation rides and events throughout the year. Past donation projects include new toilets for a needy school near Mae Rim; educational books and toys, playground repair, water-proof book backpacks, food, warm blankets and athletic equipment at other schools and villages; medical supplies, Santa and his bag of toys in the acute wards of Maharaj Hospital in Chiang Mai.

The littlest kid grabbed the biggest panda that was about five times her size! (Photo by Ally Taylor)

These donation events, though on a smaller scale, encourage interaction between the riders and the kids, like the recent main ride/fundraiser, where riders competed with the kids in relays and tug o’ war. For the first time ever, the riders actually won a tug o’ war match against the kids! Clowns and balloons enthralled everyone. Nick the Magician cast his unique spell on the crowd. The Ol’ Fishing Booth was packed until the kids had fished it dry of prizes. Cat and butterfly faces flitted through the crowd on happy kids who had experienced the Face Painting Booth. All afternoon, many grand musicians from Guitarman entertained folks as they feasted on food and drink from the X-Centre and major sponsor Miguel’s, both of whom donated a substantial percentage of their take to the kids.

Anyone is welcome to partake in the festivities at our donation events throughout the year that will be announced on CMTR’s website at www.chiangmai toyride.com. Just bring a toy and a big smile!

350 bikes of all sizes and riders of all ages arrive
at the X-Centre for the ToyRide. (Photo by Ally Taylor)

Tension mounts as the mountain of toys is prepared
for the feeding frenzy. (Photo by Ally Taylor)