By Jerry Nelson
Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) has been chosen by One World Play Project to distribute their almost indestructible footballs (soccer) to poor schools, orphanages and other groups. This is actually a "value added" project in conjunction with our Children's Water Safety, Children's Sight, Mae Tao Clinic, Child Protection and Burma Children's Medical Fund Projects.
As we serve our other projects, we distribute the footballs for use by the children. We try to allocate around 1 football per 30 children. Major funding for this protect by Chevrolet. In fact all of the balls we have distributed thus far have been “Chevrolet Balls”. The rules are simple:
Organization head must agree that the balls remain on campus for the children's use.
Balls are NEVER to be sold.
We offer these balls to other Rotary Clubs in district 3360 and to other organizations such as Toys for Thailand. We require an abbreviated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which requires a report of when and where balls were distributed with supporting photographs. Since we first became involved with One World Play Project we have distributed some 75 balls to various schools throughout Northern Thailand. We recently sent 22 balls to the Burma Children's Medical Fund for distribution to 11 extremely poor vilages inside Myanmay. As of this writing we only have 6 in stock and 2 of them are promised. Hopefully we will be given more balls in the near future. To further appreciate these marvelous balls please see www.oneworldplayproject.com.
In each case the children have balls that can be used on playgrounds and in streets without having to worry about puncture. Each child is equally important and deserves the opportunity to play. Some of the locations to which we have distributed balls include:
The Burma Children’s Medical Fund Patient House in Chiang Mai provides lodging for children who have medical issues so serious that treatment is beyond the capability of the Mae Tao Clinic or the Mae Sot Hospital. These children are transported to Chiang Mai where they are administered to by the Suan Dok, Chiang Mai University, hospital. The children stay at the house while they are in Chiang Mai.