By Jerry Nelson
Next Awareness Tour: We have scheduled our next awareness tour to the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand for 17 – 18 September. We must let you know that we will only be able to take a total of five people (space for two more as of this time) because of the restriction necessitated by Covid-19. The first to confirm with me will be allowed to go on the tour. The rough agenda is:
Travel to Mae Sot
6:30 pm Dinner together - Location to be decided by group.
17 September: Tour Mae Tao Clinic Time, to be decided by MTC Staff
Meetings with MTC Staff Discussing future support options
6:30 Dinner – Several possibilities To be decided by tour group
18 September: Tour Supporting Organizations Organization to be determined
6:30 p.m. Dinner together at Passport Restaurant MTC Staff & others may be invited
19 September: Depart Mae Sot for Chiang Mai.
Some things to know: Although travel from outside of Thailand is prohibited and tour size is restricted, we will have an exciting tour with lots to learn, do and see. Concept is:
This tour size is restricted to 5 people (we can take accept 2 more).
Transportation to and from Mae Sot will be the responsibility of the individuals going on tour.
Lodging will be arranged at a reduced rate at the Centara or PP Residence.
Each person going on tour will be asked to sign an agreement regarding conduct and dress code.
Cost: Each tour member will be responsible for his/her own expenses and will be asked to donate a minimum of 1,000 THB to the MTC. Unless they specify differently, the money will be earmarked for the Child Protection Department/Child Development Center.
Only two seats available, sign up today!
Going Forward: We will be discussing possible support activities going forward. Rotarians and friends of Mae Tao Clinic from around the world are anxious to help. However, many detailed decisions will have to be made after the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided. That said, we anticipate the next tour will be in November or December 2020. Other support projects will be announced as soon as they can be confirmed.
Editor's note: Jerry Nelson is the RAGAS (Rotary Action Group Against Slavery) Coordinator for Thailand, Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Ending Trafficking, an Honorary Member of Chiang Mai International Rotary Club, and a Mae Tao Clinic Volunteer. Contact him at +66 (0) 89 556-4293 or firstname.lastname@example.org