The Children’s Winter Clothing & School Supplies Appeal has now been running for two weeks. We must say that even this initiative feels the negative aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to our experiences, fewer clothes are being donated. Regardless, our generous donors have supplied 10 boxfuls of winter clothes so far.
We’re delighted to announce that two campuses of the Lanna International School (@Airport & @North Hill) and the Interact Club of the Chiang Mai International School and Unity Concord International School have each expressed interest in managing a donation box on our behalf. We’ve been offered help by some of the Chiang Mai Expats Club members too. We are truly grateful for the commitment of our community. Keep up the great work!
We’ve already started the distribution of donations during the last week of October. The timing seems right, as temperatures already dropped below 10C degrees on Doi Inthanon, the highest peak of Thailand.
This year, our first destination was the Ban Pui School in Hot District of Chiang Mai Province. What started out as an easy-peasy 2 or 3-hour drive between Chiang Mai and Bo Luang, turned into an 18-hour adventure (survival?) trip to deliver winter clothes, driving through jungle pathways, crossing rivers, and navigating through 4x4 wheel-drive worthy “roads.” Even though our tireless Rotarian Dylan arrived well after dark, the donations were truly appreciated, as shown below.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED - As you may know, many government schools in Thailand don’t have the basic resources at their disposal to meet their educational needs. They lack pencils, paper, books, and lots of items critical to learning effectively. The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club is dedicated to helping these institutions throughout Northern Thailand by collecting and distributing essential supplies they need to provide quality education to their students.
Would you like to get involved? Click here to read about the different ways you can help.