The Anglo-Thai Society supports the work of charities that benefit people in Thailand. Please find below information about some of the charities we support and details on both recent and forthcoming charity related events.
On 12th October, ATS member Charlie Drury will be taking on the 3 Peak Challenge: 3 mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, climbed in 24 hours. Charlie is fundraising for her charity, For Life Thailand - which works with abandoned disabled children.
Charlie has been living and studying in Thailand over the last few years, and much of her time has been spent learning about and working to improve the lives of disabled people in the country. She has been working at For Life for a year now, a charity which works with disabled children who are abandoned and sent to institutions near Bangkok.
If you would like to sponsor Charlie and donate to this very worthy cause please visit her fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/CharlieDrury
Mercy Centre UK is a new charity set up to support the work of the Mercy Centre in Thailand. Mercy Centre UK is inspired by the dedicated and highly professional team of carers at the Mercy Centre in Bangkok who do invaluable work for abandoned and vulnerable children; who respond to every emergency within the slum communities; offer shelter, protection and loving care to street children and orphans and especially to children and adults dying from AIDS.
Mercy Centre UK wishes to be the 'helping hand' in the UK for this remarkable organisation, which supports the rights of the communities living in the poorest areas of Bangkok. We aim to raise funds for specifically chosen projects, which can run alongside the work of the Mercy Centre in Thailand. We would like to target initiatives that empower those who are working in the field, and that would support the physical and spiritual well-being of the children, thereby enabling them to achieve a meaningful place in life. We also wish to raise awareness in this country on the subject of human trafficking and the sex trade.
For more information: www.mercy-centre.org.uk
The Gift of Happiness Foundation
In the year 2000, Edward Haworth (aka Clown Eckie, a British professional clown based in Bangkok) was asked to perform for some children suffering from AIDS at one of the cities large orphanages. The experience made such an impression on him that he decided to devote much more of his time to bringing a little laughter to those children whose lives may sometimes lack these important pleasures. So, he gathered a small group of friends and together they managed to raise enough money to establish the Gift of Happiness Foundation which finally achieved full charitable status on the 15th December 2009.
The Gift of happiness Foundation has been helping poor families in Bangkok, Mae Sot, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Sankhalaburi, Kanchanaburi and other Thai provinces since the year 2000. They also give their services to poor Thai families, refugees, displaced and migrant Burmese, people on the Thai-Burma border. They help people who have nowhere else to live but in Slums, Orphanages, Crisis Centres for abused women and children, HIV/AIDS centres, homes and schools for physically & mentally challenged children.
They also serve the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, other medical centres, communities of migrant workers and their families as well as people displaced by civil war. All the people working for the Gift of Happiness Foundation are un-paid volunteers and often cover their own costs when helping with show tours or donation.
Clown Eckie continues to perform at slum schools, orphanages, hospitals and other places where children ordinarily would never get a chance to see his inane antics - or enjoy an afternoon of laughter and fun.
Edward Haworth (aka Clown Eckie) founder of the Gift of Happiness Foundation
Director and 'mother', Khun Rotjana Phraesritong, with the children of the Ban Tharn Namchai Orphanage
Charity Dinner in aid of Ban Tharn Namchai Orphanage
(Tsunami Orphanage Centre, Kao Lak, Phang-nga)
Primarily under the management of Duang Prateep Foundation, The Thai Children's Trust has taken over the funding of education and welfare for over 40 tsunami orphans. The dinner, which took place on Thursday, 20th May, 2010 at Thai Square Restaurant in Covent Garden, was organised by the Thai Children's Trust (formerly Pattaya Orphanage Trust) with the support of the Anglo-Thai Society. The Director of the Centre, Khun Rotjana Phraesritong and a small group of children from the centre visited the UK to meet & thank their sponsors & friends, and the children performed a traditional Thai dance at the dinner.
Calendar of Events
Thursday 9th March
Monday 20th March
'Searching for Ali Wallace' a docu-drama film at the Overseas League. For more details please click here
Sunday 9th April
Songkran Festival at Buddhpadipa Thai Temple, Calonne Road, Wimbledon. Wat Buddhapadipa is unique in Europe. The only Thai temple in the UK purposely built in the Thai architectural style and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran in London. The programme of events includes the chance to make offerings to monks and enjoy Thai food and cultural performances on stage. Free entry, all welcome.
Tuesday, 16th May
Talk by David Hallmark on The Travels and Trials of an English adventurer Advocate in Thailand 1970-1971. Venue and booking details coming soon.