WCA 2021 Ends: Winter Clothing Donations Reach 17 Remote Villages in 8 Northern Thai Provinces

The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club has concluded its 2021 Children’s Winter Clothing Appeal. The response from the public has exceeded our greatest expectations and wildest imagination. We recorded 10,173.2 km (6321.33 miles) distributing the generous donations made by our incredible community. We collected and delivered 9,993.13 kgs (22,031.08 lbs) of warm clothing, blankets, shoes, jackets, school supplies, and toys.

Our last destination was the Ban Posor School in Mae Sariang District of Mae Hong Son Province. President Dylan knew it was the right choice when soldiers at a military checkpoint shook their heads in disbelief when he told them he was heading there with his fully loaded truck. The school boards more than 200 students who are from out-of-the-way villages where the daily commute would be lengthy and dangerous.

This year, we have distributed donations to seventeen remote, hard-to-access locations (marked with red hearts) in eight Northern provinces, namely Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Tak, Nan, Phayao, Mae Hong Son, and Uttaradit. Amongst the beneficiaries are refugees, hill tribes, migrants, and local villagers - people of Lua, Palong, Lahu, Lisu, Karen, Shan, Thai, Burmese, Kayan, and Mien origin. In addition, the Burma Children Medical Fund transported donations on our behalf to newly displaced Burmese refugees in Mae Sot, Tak.

We have delivered donations to