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Royal Varuna Yacht Club Hosts Kids Day Out Event

Demirali Çalışkan 02.04.2012 05:47
Handicapped child is helped by the volunteers at Kids Day Out event.

Handicapped child is helped by the volunteers at Kids Day Out event.


Pattaya is a hub for many events in Thailand and we all get to watch and read about it day in-day out. Today the 29 March 2012, I witnessed a very touching event that many of you may not hear about. This event took place at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya as it has been for the last twelve years.



Pattaya is a hub for many events in Thailand and we all get to watch and read about it day in-day out. Today the 29 March 2012, I witnessed a very touching event that many of you may not hear about. This event took place at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya as it has been for the last twelve years.

The organizer of this particular event was the Rotary Club of Bangkok South (RCBS). This event has taken place for the last 12 years and hopefully will continue to do so for many more years to come. Speaking to Mr. Mark Butters, the president of the RCBS, I found out that the “Kids Day Out” event is organized annually for the last Thursday of March. Since the beginning , the Royal Varuna Yacht Club has hosted the event.  The children are brought here for the day’s events and entertained using the seaside area and swimming pool facilities. Dedicated volunteers are in attendance to insure the safety of the children at all times. The kids are brought from various Bangkok- based schools, the first one being Pakkred where handicapped children are accommodated; and the Ramindra Home which  accommodates the blind; and also Bangkrunoi where orphaned children are cared for.

This is an important day is for those kids who do not get the opportunity to leave their homes, and especially do not have the chance to have a swim in Bangkok.  You know it is a great day for the kids: you could easily see that in their brightening eyes as they were accompanied by volunteers who are mainly from the Shrewsbury International School Bangkok. The volunteers served as  great examples of the young and caring generation who were selected by the schools Head of Year 11 Chris Simcox. Chris mentioned that seeing his students taking care of the disabled kids with care and affection was a beautiful scene to behold: “Kids Day Out” is a very different atmosphere than the one in which Chris normally interacts with his students.

John Quormby, a true gentleman, is the organizer of this year’s event for the first time, but it will not the last. He has been a member of the RCBS and as the organizer for the first time; he was much honored to be given the position.  Mr. Quormby explained how the function is organized. He first mentioned the Sponsors, so as you can imagine these events come at a cost and without the Sponsors it would not be possible to achieve the day’s goals. Shrewsbury International School is at the top of the list as the school donated THB 70,000. cash for the event, and also 35 students were appointed to help with the event. Also Bangkok Christian Collage sent 12 students, and 18 students joined the event from ABAC College Bangkok. Students were of great help especially the many people needed to keep an eye out for the handicapped playing in the water under the supervision of a dedicated member of the Rotary Club. Mr. Wolfgang Minderjohn.

This big event required ten buses to pick up the children from different locations and bring them to Pattaya’s Royal Varuna Yacht Club; including the helpers and students, 420 persons travelled to the Yacht Club and made this day a very special one. As sponsors, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok supplied the food for the journey, Coca Cola supplied the drinks; Wall’s supplied the ice cream, which the kids loved the most. Castrol was in hand to provide the transportation, Bumrungrad Hospital had importantly provided an ambulance in case of a medical emergency. We apologise if any others were omitted from this list, as I am sure many have helped out to insure the success of this meaningful event.

A big credit goes to the organizers of course but there is a man who started all this, and now he is happy to sit back and watch it go on from the background. Mr. Gary Worthington is the gentleman who has been a member of the Rotary for many years and ran this event for eleven consecutive years. He kept this organization on a steady track so the younger members could take up the flag and carry it forward for the sake of the beautiful kids.

I spoke to Dan Lavoie who seemed to be a very friendly character to meet and he told me a bit about the other charity work the Rotary Club Bangkok South is involved with. The club organizes fund raising events and the funds collected are considerable: the Club since 1996 initiated a Clean Drinking Water Programme for Schools to install water purification systems in rural schools. To date they have installed over 450 such systems in schools in over 30 provinces throughout Thailand. The systems use Reverse Osmosis technology, which is easy to maintain and relatively inexpensive.

Also Golf Tournaments are arranged and raise money, plus annual charity dinners are extremely helpful events to help the organization succeed.

Coins on Silom is an annual, high-profile fundraising event held by The Rotary Club of Bangkok South along a section of Silom Road. During this unique day-long event, a broad strip of 3-meter wide red cloth tape is laid the length of the sidewalks on either side of Silom Road in the city’s Central Business District. Stands are also prominently placed nearby to display the sponsors’ logos. Creator of the event, Mr. Eddie Wanit Mekdhanasarn, is proud to be at these events every year: putting a smile on any kid’s face is a great feeling and the organization is all about delivering in this respect.

Over all I thought this was the most sensible organized event in Pattaya that I have witnessed. Plaudits go to the Club’s president, Mr. Butters, and everyone involved who was on hand to put the team together and help us discover this special day and in turn inform our valuable readers about it.



Handicapped, disabled and orphan kids are having a great day out at the pool side at Royal Veruna Yacht Club.

Handicapped, disabled and orphan kids are having a great day out at the pool side at Royal Veruna Yacht Club.



Children are having an incredible fun day at the beach side and volunteer students are making sure of the kids' safety during the event at Royal Veruna Yacht Club.

Children are having an incredible fun day at the beach side and volunteer students are making
sure of the kids' safety during the event at Royal Veruna Yacht Club.


John Quormby this years organizier of the Kids Day Out event on behalf of the Roatary Club Bangkok South with ex-organizer and club member Gary Worthington, Chris Simcox Head of Year 11 Shrewsbury International School Bangkok and the President of RCBS Mark Butters giving speech at Royal Veruna Yacht Club.

John Quormby this years organizier of the Kids Day Out event on behalf of the Roatary Club Bangkok South
with ex-organizer and club member Gary Worthington, Chris Simcox Head of Year 11 Shrewsbury International School Bangkok
and the President of RCBS Mark Butters giving speech at Royal Veruna Yacht Club.



Kids are being entertained at the Kids Day Out event, various games were played and cheered by the attandents.

Kids are being entertained at the Kids Day Out event, various games were played and cheered by the attandents.






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