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A Night To Remember

A huge motorcycle rally and concert was held near Mae Jo to raise funds for the Pan Kum School in Samoeng. Famed rock band Mr. J was the highlight of the event.

By Jai Pee
On Saturday October 18th the Chiang Mai-based Tong Sam Classic Motorcycle Club, led by their President Paitoon Yolao, organized a huge rally and rock concert to raise money for a school in Samoeng. Over 3,500 enthusiasts attended the rally and concert just outside the town of Mae Jo. Security was as tight as at any airport in the world as all those arriving by motorcycles were thoroughly searched – no mean task since over 1,500 motorbikes were parked in the compound by the middle of the evening. With a police presence and the cooperation of the army and with over 200 staff and security people, the evening progressed without any serious problems. A section of the Chiang Mai to Phrao main road was cordoned off to allow easier access; beer tents and food stalls were plentiful; and a large stage accommodated the rock band Mr. J well-known entertainers for gatherings of this nature.
Groups of motorcycle clubs had come from Lampang and Lampoon, from Mae Hong Son, from Chiang Rai and from Payao. The initial outlay for holding the event was very high and a large sum needed to be retained for a similar event next year so that around 60,000 baht was raised for the Pan Kum Primary School in Samoeng. Two previous ‘World of Song’ evenings at Santi’s Music School had realized a further 15,000 baht mainly from the foreign community and this will be used to provide musical instruments for the children; the money raised at this memorable event will be used to buy much needed equipment such as books, pens, and other resources when the President Paitoon visits the school in November.


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