"Rotarians are symbols and examples of the search for progress and stability. All of them, each with a different business and profession have heavy duties of humanitarianism and have joined in co-operation in the glorious attempt to seek methods and means for the solution of problems we face in times of crises." -Royal Citation of His Majesty the King Rama IX (Patron of Rotary in Thailand), on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Rotary in Thailand, 15th December 1980.
Friday 5th December saw 41 Children from the Mercy Centre in Bangkok arrive in Koh Samui to enjoy the Club’s 5th Annual Kid’s Weekend get underway. Peter and Poom Breaks and President Philip’s wife Mon took the ferry over to the mainland to meet and greet the Kids at Donsak after their tiring overnight journey from Bangkok. Unfortunately Philip missed much of the weekend due to illness. The Kids were given breakfast on the ferry following which many slept until we arrived in Nathon. They were then taken to their home for the weekend, generously sponsored by Baan Taling Ngam Resort.
After settling in to their rooms most of them went off to play football and other games in the hotel’s staff games areas until time for lunch. After lunch the staff bus took everyone down to the pool and beach where they spent the rest of the afternoon either swimming and playing games in the pool or canoeing in the sea.
Evening saw us all celebrating the King’s Birthday together with both the hotel staff and guests staying at the Resort. We were then entertained by some of the older girls performing traditional Thai Dancing much to the delight of everyone present.
Most of Saturday morning was taken up by a visit to Namuang Safari Park where we were treated to shows and displays from their elephants, monkeys and crocodiles.
On Saturday evening, Tropical Murphy’s was the venue for a meal and the evening’s entertainment helped by a visit from popular entertainer Todd (Tongdee) Lavelle. The children then gave us a most enjoyable show of dancing and juggling skills.
Sunday, and the final day, again saw the kids enjoying themselves using the facilities offered by the hotel until time for the barbecue, after which it was present time followed by an inspirational message to everyone from Father Joe and the final farewells before returning to Nathon and the ferry back to the mainland.
On behalf of all the children, the Rotary Club of Koh Samui thanks everyone involved in making Kid’s Weekend 2008 another hugely successful event.