300 plus students from the Baan Nong Pla Man
School in Mae Rim were on hand to greet Ajaan Santi.
At the start of the long school holidays, Ajaan Santi Saengthong
along with part-time resident soprano You-ree Rho and others organized a
very well-supported charity concert at the AUA auditorium. Ajaan Santi
has organized such charitable concerts before and hundreds of pupils and
students have benefitted from events like this over the last 7 years.
The aim of the concert was to provide two worthy causes with money or
gifts to help them in their work.
From the total proceeds of the evening, which came to a sum in the
region of 19,000 baht after the deduction of essential expenses, a sum
of 5,000 baht was given to the Blessing Foundation Organisation, one of
whose directors attended the concert and talked briefly about the work
of the Foundation.
JP, Ajaan Santi and the school Director
Sayamrat Kunpradit on the day of the handover of the musical
The remaining money was then doubled in a generous gesture by Ajaan
Santi and on Friday June 21st, Ajaan Santi accompanied by some of his
staff, and musicologist Jai-Pee who acted as master of ceremonies at the
March concert, went to present musical instruments valued at almost
30,000 baht to a chosen school in Mae Rim. The grateful beneficiaries
were the pupils of the Baan Nong Pla Man school, who received 33
melodicas and 47 recorders. The Director of the school, Khun Sayamrat
Kunpradit made the visitors welcome and on behalf of his 300+ strong
schoolchildren and staff, gratefully received the instruments in front
of the assembled youngsters.
The school, Ajaan Santi and all the other organizers and performers
would like to thank those who supported this concert so generously and
as a result, have enabled many young students and pupils to benefit from
hands-on musical experiences that they otherwise would not have had.
Apologies for not publishing this information earlier, the delay being
due to the fact that the school did not re-open until the start of this
month when the official arrangements were made.
12 students gave talks in an audition held
to speak at the main event in September.
12 students from Thai and international schools pitched their ideas and
talks (4 in Thai) during the first student auditions for TEDxChiangMai
held at the CMU Science & Technology Park at the Faculty of Engineering,
Chiang Mai University on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
A 2nd round is planned to take place in mid to late July. The 2nd round
will focus more on university students and some of the Thai schools that
didn’t make the first round. 3-5 of the best talks by students will be
given the opportunity to present on the big stage of TEDxChiangMai 2013
on September 14, 2013.
TEDxChiangMai is an independently organized TEDx event operated under
license from TED, it provides a platform for ideas worth spreading, a
dialogue, a call for action, and a community of people who believe in
ideas, creativity, innovation and collaboration. More information on
TEDx Chiang Mai can be found on their website;
One of the students giving their talks on