From Phuket to Pwllheli (by Elin Aaron)
At the Opening Ceremony of the Topper World Championships at Pwllheli Sailing Club on Sunday there were two very special guests in attendance. Among the dignitaries and competitors from 11 different countries, Cartoon Jundet and Sarawuth Kuluk proudly carried the Thai national flag on to the Topper world stage.
Cartoon (12 years old) and Sarawuth (13 year old) are members of the Phuket Youth Sailing Club which aim to give underprivileged children the opportunity to sail and get involved in international competitions. Cartoon and Sarawuth live at Phuket Sunshine Village, a home for children in need set up by the Lions Club of Phuket Andaman Sea and Child Watch Phuket in the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2004. This journey to Pwllheli is Sarawuth’s first venture outside of his home town.
The International Topper Class Association are continuously talking to the Phuket Youth Sailing Club to try and get them involved and offer them assistance as required. This year the Topper Worlds event secured a travel grant to enable the Sailing Club to send two young sailors and their supporters across the world to Pwllheli.
The climate in Pwllheli differs greatly from their normal sailing waters in Phuket. Back in Thailand Cartoon and Sarawuth sail in their shorts, but the the remnants of what was Hurricane Bertha means that the conditions in Pwllheli required the pair to layer up. Suitable sailing attire was donated from various other competitors and British supporters of the Phuket Youth Sailing Club and loaned by Pwllheli Youth Sailing Community (CHIPAC). The young sailors will be sailing in boats generously supplied by Topper International Ltd., the manufacturer, to compete in the championships.
Bill Brassington, the President and Chairman of the International Topper Class Association, said: “It’s great to see Cartoon and Sarawuth out on the water with all the other sailors. As a class, we feel it’s important to support and assist sailors from countries where Topper sailing is still in its infantry in order to develop the sport. The welcome that Cartoon and Sarawuth have received here at Pwllheli has been warm, despite the challenging conditions.”
Now that the pleasantries of the Opening Ceremony are over it’s time for the pair to join in with the 150 other competitors in the waters of Cardigan Bay. With 5 days of sailing ahead of them the Topper Worlds 2014 at Pwllheli Sailing Club will be a great experience for all involved. Who knows this opportunity might inspire Cartoon and Sarawuth and we’ll see their names representing Thailand at the Olympics in the future.
The French Ambassador to Thailand visits the PSV
On Saturday 26th June his excellency Mr Thierry Viteau the French Ambassador to Thailand visited the Phuket Sunshine Village with other French Embassy officials.
A group of the village Children greeted him with one of the PSV Directors David Van-Zandt and the Village Manager Khun Ning.
PSV Director David Van-Zandt explained to the Ambassador how and when the PSV came to be and the role that The French Red Cross had in the original construction of the Village. He was deeply impressed with the Village and how it is managed and with the Family concept used.
During his visit some of the Children gave a Thai dance presentation which he enjoyed. He also signed a message of appreciation for the work being done for the Children in need.
The 7th Anniversary of the Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation
Despite the rain it was a fabulous day today at the 7th Anniversary of the Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation.
Thank you very much to all attending honorary guests and friends of the PSV and in particular the staff and management which made that day a memorable one for the children.
We hope you will go on with your great support and see you all again next year.
7th Anniversary Celebration / Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation
Dear friends and supporters of the Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation please be invited to our 7th Anniversary on Sunday, June 29th, 2014.
Bring your family and friends and enjoy the day with the children, staff and all others. Lots of fun and food is waiting.
Below you can find the program of that day……………..
Program of the 7th Anniversary Celebration / Sunday, 29 June 2014
Informal Opening Ceremony and Celebration
13.00 Welcome the guest of honor, Phuket Governor
13.05 “Happy Birthday” show – preschool kids
13.10 Chairman’s Greeting
13.15 Phuket Governor’s Address
13.20 Talkshow of Yai Vaew Tee Sip (Thai dialog)
13.50 “Remain Thai” show – PSV kids
14.00 Grant Certificate of Appreciation
14.10 “Taloom Toom PoH”, folk dance – Child Watch kids
14.20 “Manorah”, southern folk dance – a kid of kitchen team
14.30 “Goodies of Phuket” show – PSV kid
Then enjoy the celebration ………………………until the end time at 17.00 hr.
– Foods and drinks throughout the fair
– Variety of fun – Zumba dance, face painting, games and prizes
– Support children’s products, silent auction, garage sale etc.
The children and the whole PSV team is looking forward to welcome you.
A few years ago we started to get our software installations legal within the Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation.
Thanks to Techsoup Asia we were able to buy highly subsidized legal licensed software for the PSV computers.
Today a representative of Techsoup Asia interviewed a member of our board of directors about the use of the software.
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Thank you Jed Adao and Techsoup Asia Team for this nice article and your support.