Charity No: 1112381
Wow...What an amazing year!?
2007 had been an amazing year for us! Through dedication and hard work from all of our volunteers, we
have raised a whopping £12,000! Thank you to all volunteers and donators.
2007’s Fundraising events
There were tremendous supports last year. Five bingo nights were offered to us by Mr. Chris Jones, the
leader of charity bingo at Redland Learning Disabilities Centre in Banbury, which allowed us to raise over
James Fuzi, our dedicated volunteer, raised £519 at his company’s golf-day raffles.
Plus festivals including the Thai Festival of Sport and Culture in Manchester City Football Club, Little
Siam Trust ’s car-boot sale, Canal day, The Lord Mayor – Christmas Bazaar and Banbury Christmas lights
switch-on day - through these events, we raised £1,300.
One pound a meal appeal
Last year we launched “Lunch Club”, ‘£1 a meal appeal’. Appeal envelopes were sent out to 43
participating Thai restaurants in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Rugby and Birmingham during Valentine’s
Day, Mother’s day and Easter Weekend.
‘Lunch Club’ project is a result of a personal experience by one of our volunteers at Wat Ban-pleng
orphanage, a home to 98 orphans and impoverished children.
Due to lack of financial support during weekend and bank holidays, food was always short and innutritious
for orphans at Wat Ban-pleng. They rely solely upon donations given through the temple, so we have
decided to adopt Wat Ban-pleng to be the first beneficiary of our lunch club, they will receive £2
(approx 160,000 bahts) during the year 2008, ensuring each child has nutritious meals every weekend.
A Grand Thai Night at the Mill
Although it was so close to Christmas, our Grand Thai Night at the Mill, Banbury (23rd December) was a
huge success. All 100 tickets were quickly sold.
For this special night, lady guests arrived in colourful beautiful evening gowns. The night brightened up
by many talented stars including a little Thai dancer Bo (aged 4), Magician Non (aged 9), Tian, Alanda,
Hannah, Sunan, Risada and Banbury Muay Thai (T (Thai Boxing).
The night raised an astonishing £3,360! The night would have not been complete without our guest who
kindly gave so generously for the good cause – we hope to see you all again at our next Thai Night,
Sunday 2nd November 2008 (Tickets available soon). Put this date in your diary now!
Last but not least, over £700 were raised through the selling of Little Siam Trust’s Christmas cards.
Plus £1,800 from donations during the food hygiene classes with Dr. Khanungnit Garnett – Khob khun kha
(thank you) to those who make such generous donations.
Through special consideration at our meeting in January 2008, all trustees have agreed to spend money
on two major projects: Lunch Club and scholarships.
This year we were estatic with excitement knowing that more children than the previous year would
benefit from our trip. As well as the annual party’s for Wat Sarakow and Suksasong khor and Wat
Garuna, we are able to secure the future education for eight bright children through higher education
in the form of Little Siam Trust Scholarships.
Plus we were taking snow to Thailand (in the form of a thetrical snow machine). Another first would be
to award Wat Ban-pleng orphanage as our first Lunch Club beneficiaries. Dr. Khanungnit planned to teach
at Suksasongkhor whilst I became a ‘party planner’.
This year, as we are now known to the orphanage so well, we were given access to the pre-school children
(aged 3 to 6 ). For the first time, although it is great seeing the excitement of the young children
receiving gifts and ice cream - there are harsh stories affecting some children.
A volunteer teacher told us that there is a young boy who was dropped off at the orphanage over a year
ago by his father - the boy has not spoken since that day! The welfare and dedication by the teachers
live in hope that maybe one day his pain will heal.
As previously mentioned, Wat Ban-pleng is a small orphanage of just 98 children nestled in a small village
near Ayutthaya. There is a continuous plight of this orphanage to provide nutritious meals at weekends
and holiday time. We are pleased to be able to provide Wat Ban-pleng with £2,600 for nutritious meals
on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays throughtout 2008.
Thank you to all the Thai restaurants and individuals who supported ’Lunch Club’. Please help us to
feed them again in year 2009.
Wat Garuna Primary School
This is a small school to just 58 impoverished children in the province called Chai Nat. Little Siam Trust
continues to support the children with a party of yummy food and ice cream, finishing off with a magic
show and snow. Everyone enjoyed themselves; this included the teachers, who joined in, until it was time
to go home. Can you imagine the excited children telling their family, they had snow from England at
Suksasongkhor School for orphans and impoverished children
As this is our main beneficiary, we have much to report on. Khanungnit spent most of her time teaching
the children, whereas I and our crew of volunteers were busy with organizing gifts and parties for the
children. I, however, managed to join Khanungnit in one of her classes teaching the 1st year children A—
Z and counting numbers. This gave great amusement to my dearest wife, as she informed me that the
little children copied my Oxfordshire accent, even in Thai. I am not sure if it was my accent or
Khanungnit’s excellent teaching skills, but the children did not want to go to their next class when the
lesson ended, until the teacher came to find them 30 minutes later, one little six years old girl
whispered to Khanungnit’s ear, “I love you teacher”.
Offering nutritious lunch is a big part of our party. Once we have discovered that children have never
had sea food for years, so ‘Tom Yum seafood’ with big king prawns, squids, mussels and cockles were
definitely on the menu this year and, of course, ice cream as well as fruits.
This year we thought we were being secretive with the snow machine and gifts of writing sets — the
children had put on their own surprise up their sleves for us with three amazing performances.
The first was a wanna be mega star surrounded by a group of 8 girl dancers. Then followed a
performance of little girls aged 6—7 years old, dressed in traditional hill tribe costumes.
Lastly, the performance one can only describe as an hilarious dance routine of hip wriggling fronted by
the male dancer. The party continued with our magic routine and ended with snow and gifts from Little
Our first scholars
This year for the first time we are proud to award eight orphans and impoverished children with Little
Suksasongkhor School is a group of 3 residential orphanage/schools covering the North, Central and
South of Thailand. As previously mentioned, children here are either orphans or from impoverished
backgrounds. To qualify for a place at Suksasongkhor School means the children have no financial means
to pay for mainstream school. The school offers the national curriculum and additional life skills to
prepare them with basic skills for work. Unfortunately for the academically bright ones who have the
ability to study at college or university but were unable to as they cannot afford the academic fees –
which sometimes means that these bright kids would end up working on a rice farm or in a factory.
Our motto is “Relieving poverty through education”. So year 2008 is an historical date for Little Siam
Trust in achieving our goal, by awarding 8 bright children our first scholarships.
The academic cost in Thailand varies depending on the subject chosen at each university. On an average,
5,000 bahts (£85) is required for entrance and registration fees plus 20,000 bahts (£340) educational
fees for the accademic year, plus books.
Little Siam Trust have committed to sponsor 8 scholarships for the next 5 years. If you feel
passionate and wish to be a part with Little Siam Trust, of making the dreams come true for these
bright children. Please fill in the form opposite.
Just only £30 per month will sponsor a student. You will be named on their scholarship certificate and
receive regular progress reports from the scholar.
Roger Garnett - Chairman of Little Siam Trust