Service Not Self

Friday, 22 July 2011 Current Issue By  Bert Elson

Royal British Legion turned 90 this year

“Service not Self” is the motto of the Royal British Legion, which turned 90 years old this year. Celebrations were held wherever there is a branch of the Legion, including Thailand.

That same motto can also be applied to those that in fact help the Legion and on our birthday here in Pattaya we recognised two such groups, Peter Malhotra of the Pattaya Mail Media Group and Vic King and Mathew Johnstone of the Queen Vic/MatVic Butchers who were all presented with a “Friend of the Legion” Certificate sent from our head office in London. Both certificates were signed by the national president and national chairman of the Royal British Legion.

Graham Macdonald the president of the Royal British Legion Chonburi Thailand presents Peter Malhotra, the managing director of Pattaya Mail Media Group with a “Friend of the Legion” Certificate.

Graham Macdonald the president of the Royal British Legion Chonburi Thailand presents Peter Malhotra, the managing director of Pattaya Mail Media Group with a “Friend of the Legion” Certificate.

For those that don’t know, the Legion came into existence in 1921 to care for ex-servicemen and women from WWI. That same work and more is still carried out today and our role is to care for those who have served or are serving in the UK Armed Forces and/or their dependants. To carry out this work we need a number of things: funds of course, members and volunteers to carry out our welfare work and the support of the local community. Both Pattaya Mail and Queen Vic/MatVic Butchers have given that support in different ways.

If we are to help what we call our “beneficiaries” (Those who have served) or their “dependants” (wives and children), then we need to be known about. People need to know where and when to come, not just perhaps to donate funds but also to receive help should they need it. The Pattaya Mail has always provided that avenue of information for us since day one of our formation, without charge and without any question of paid advertising. They have both highlighted our needs and given details of our events and meetings. They are indeed a “Friend of the Legion”.

Bert Elson the secretary & welfare chairman of the Royal British legion Thailand joins president Graham Macdonald in presenting Vic King  with his “Friend of the Legion” Certificate.

Bert Elson the secretary & welfare chairman of the Royal British legion Thailand joins president Graham Macdonald in presenting Vic King  with his “Friend of the Legion” Certificate.

The managing director of Pattaya Mail, Peter Malhotra expressed his heartfelt gratitude saying that is was indeed an honour to receive this recognition from the Royal British Legion. He said, “I am well aware of the importance of the media and how it can help organisations such the Royal British Legion in attaining their worthy goals.” He went on to say that it was his moral duty as a human being to help those who dedicate their lives for others and this is the case with the Royal British Legion and for those veterans that they take care of. Peter added, “I am humbled to learn the British Legion here in Thailand aids Thai widows and even non British veterans, not to mention many other charitable projects in our country.”

Buddy Ditchburn, George Barrie, John Hocking – members attending the general meeting before the presentation.

Buddy Ditchburn, George Barrie, John Hocking – members attending the general meeting before the presentation.

The Queen Victoria Inn, thanks to Vic and Mathew, have always helped us in another way that is equally important, funds. We don’t just care for elderly veterans, we have assisted young and old, for there are a lot of younger veterans out there now. Some of the things we have provided are pension top up’s, immediate need grants, repatriations, hospital and housebound visits and many other benefits.

We have also provided care and advice to their Thai wives should they unfortunately die; we ensure they receive any pensions or allowances due, we have paid for funerals and ensured that any children continue schooling by paying for school fees, uniforms and books. The list is endless and the Queen Vic along with all its supporters on their 10th Birthday Party help us to continue carrying out that work. They raised a total of 118,000 on our joint birthday party (half of this was by one donation - well done John Clarke!). All of that will go into our 2011 Poppy Appeal and used for our welfare work in Thailand, for we do in fact cover the whole of Thailand. Thank you to the Queen Vic, another “Friend of the Legion”.

Dave Haddon, John Hocking, Bob Myers listen to Bert Elson updating the members on the activities of the Royal British Legion in Thailand.

If I may end by giving a couple of tips that may help all expats here of whatever nationality:

A. Get yourself some form of medical insurance. Even a very basic one may save your life because one day it WILL happen to you.

B. Many of you do not have medical insurance because you are financially secure. That’s fine for when you don’t feel well and go to hospital or are aware of what’s going on. What about if you have an accident or a stroke that leaves you in a coma, and you live alone or have never given PIN numbers or bank details to you wife? You’ve never bothered as of course it was never going to happen to you. You may as well be destitute and that’s the way you may be treated. Please make a note of all your personal details and give them to someone you trust. It really can be not only a nightmare trying to sort things out for those in this position but also very distressing so once again, please prepare for it.

That’s my moan over, why don’t you join the Legion … we have our own “IN Confidence” forms that you can fill in and are kept in a safe until needed. We meet every Saturday from 2 p.m. at tropical Bert’s on 2nd Road.  Contact: Bert Elson 089 8072335.


 

  

 

 

 

 

The Charity Club of Pattaya is a small club, which was founded on JULY 1st 2004 by Christina and Malcolm Boden; they are helped by treasurer VIC KING owner of the Queen Victoria Inn Soi 6 Pattaya
www.queenvictoria-inn.com and KEVIN FISHER of Cranes & Equipment Asia www.cranesasia.com
 

FOUNDERS OF
THE CHARITY CLUB OF PATTAYA

Malcolm Boden Christina Boden

Malcolm & Christina have been doing charity events in Pattaya since their arrival in Pattaya in March 2000 with the now defunct U.K. Club where Christina was the Charity Officer and Entertainments organiser and Malcolm was the treasurer and Entertainments organiser. When the U.K. Club folded, The Charity Club of Pattaya was born. The Club is now in its 5th years.

OUR TREASURER

Vic King owner of The Queen Victoria Inn is also the Clubs treasurer.
The Queen Vic is also the adopted home of the club, where we meet most Sundays for Vic’s Sunday Roast and of course a Sunday drink.

WHO WE CANNOT DO WITHOUT!


KEVIN & SOM FISHER.

  Kevin Fisher Director of Cranes and Equipment Asia is a staunch supporter of the Club and helps as much as his busy schedule allows.

 Som Fisher is the raffle ticket queen of Pattaya! Whenever we have an event Som is the girl with the raffle book and does a sterling job, she also stands in for Kevin when work commitments means he cannot attend a function. Som can be spotted at most events cuddling or dancing with Bertram which Kevin is well aware of, but isn’t the slightest bit jealous!

PETER ROTTMANN
OUR ISAAN REPRESENTATIVE
 
As the Club does so much work in the very poor areas of Isaan, they have become very good friends with Rotarian, Peter Rottmann. Peter lives in the Krasang area with his wife Nit who helps Peter with his Rotary work and our work as well with translations.
Peter agreed to become the club’s representative for any projects the Club has in that area.

 THE BABE MAGNET OF THE CLUB……..
The ladies of the club can be at the side of their men one minute but as soon as they see Bertram they are like flies round a honey pot!
Bertram attends nearly all our events and has been interviewed by the Pattaya Mail on more than one occasion!
Loved by all the Thai ladies and Children alike Bertram Bear is our Club mascot! He has a wardrobe of t-shirts that he collects for sponsorship purposes which he dons when he’s called upon to advertise a bar or real estate agent.

 

Queen Victoria Inn- Alan Bolton Property Consultants – BUPA Health Insurance - Guinness
 
Since the formation of the club, they have raised funds for the following:
 The School for the Deaf Pattaya.
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The Street Kids of Pattaya
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Wat Pong School.
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The Masons Tsunami Appeal.
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The Camillian Centre Rayong.
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Scholarships For Under Privileged Children at various schools in the area.
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Children and Adults of Issan Wheelchair & Walking Aids Appeal.
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The Charity Club of Pattaya’s Christmas Gift Appeal.
 
The Charity Club of Pattaya’s annual Clothing & Blanket Appeal.
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 The Free Masons Charity Fund for the Hill Tribe Children.
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Built a Kindergarten Classroom at the Wat Wang Wa Temple School in Klaeng.
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Donations to the Mercy Center Pattaya.
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Donation to Rotary Club Pattaya to assist with a Charity of their choice.
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Donates to The Free Masons West Winds Lodge to assist with their Charity projects.
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Donated items for the Pattaya Orphanage.
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Christmas Party and Gifts for the Children born with HIV/Aids.
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Organise trips for Children born with HIV/AIDS.
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Supplying special food every 3 months for Children in Isaan with dietary problems.
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On going wheelchair and walking aid projects for the people of Isaan.
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Built a house for a severely depressed mother and her young daughter in Isaan.
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Provided a specialist wheelchair for 15 year -old severely disabled boy in Isaan.
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 Repairs to a school roof in Isaan.
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Provided bicycles for a school in Isaan, so the children can attend school on a regular basis.
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Donates to the Jaidee Appeal Rayong.
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Donation to the Young PR Ambassador Project Pattaya.
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On going medical, accommodation and travel expenses for a 3- year-old girl who fell into a fire and needs various operations and medical procedures.
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Pays for medical, accommodation and travel expenses for children who cannot afford to go to hospitals in Bangkok for various operations and medical procedures.
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Donated to a school project for the re-building of a school in Yasathorn.
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Donated Children’s wheelchairs to Able The Disabled in Pattaya.
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Providing food parcels on a regular basis for the needy in Isaan.
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Raising funds for the Prostheses Foundation in Chiang Mai supplying limbs for the disabled who cannot afford prothesis aids.
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Donates to the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
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Helps the YIM KIDS Children’s Charity which helps the Rubber Tappers Children and the Sea Gypsy Children in the South of Thailand and the Slum Childrens schools in Bangkok
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Build homes for homesless families and provide fruit trees, ducks, chickens and vegetables, so the families become self sufficient
They are extremely proud that to date they have raised and spend
4,201,740 baht.

WHO BENEFITS FROM

The Charity Club of Pattaya?
Anyone in need.

They always visit the charity, to see what is needed before they get the support.

They always ask for a ‘wish list’ as they never just hand over cash unless necessary.

ALL the money they raise goes towards the items on the charities ‘wish list’ nothing is taken out for admin costs or expenses as Malcolm and Christina cover printing costs etc.

They do all the shopping and do an unannounced follow up visits to check everything is still in place.

They try to help different charities so that they don’t become committed to any one charity and that allows the money to be spread around, as Thailand has so many needy people.

At some point during the year they organise their annual Charity Gala Dinner with a Grand Prize Draw and Auction.

 

The next Charity Gala Dinner will be held the
All Seasons Hotel in Pattaya on Saturday June 4th 2010.
All Welcome - Tickets 1,800 which includes a Thai & International Buffet-
A free bar- Including free flow Beer and wine- Selection of spirits and soft drinks
 

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WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF
The Charity Club of Pattaya?

Our aims are simple.
Just to give a little bit back to those that need it!
 
 

 

 

Vol. XVI No. 11
Friday March 14 - March 20, 2008

 

Charity Club of Pattaya donates 20 wheelchairs to Able the Disabled Foundation

On March 3, the ever active and hardworking members and supporters of the Charity Club of Pattaya met at their HQ. the Queen Victoria Inn to donate 20 wheelchairs to Able the Disabled Foundation. Proceeds raised at the Charity Club of Pattaya Gala Dinner 2007 made the purchase of the wheelchairs possible.

Members of the Charity Club of Pattaya donate 20 wheelchairs to Able the Disabled Foundation.
“Able The Disabled Foundation” is the proactive vision of two unique women, Cherie Srifuengfung and Sally Jones, who grew up in separate parts of the world in different circumstances, but who share a common passion. Their passion evolved into a reality as they became close friends, through combining riding and helping those less fortunate within Thailand, and they created the “Able the Disabled Foundation”.
For thousands of physically and mentally disabled children and young adults throughout the world, riding horses and ponies has become their first step away from the protective shelter of home, or special school, to the hustle and bustle of the outside world. This has led to new occupations, careers, friendships and a more full and useful life in the community.
Many children with disabilities benefit from riding, some from the relaxation it gives, others by actually learning to ride. The benefits can be enormous and wide-ranging. They include improvement of balance, coordination, muscle tone, concentration, cooperation and behavior. A feeling of independence and “I can do it!” is achieved. For many disabled riders their visit to the stables is the thing that they look forward to most in their week and, in some cases, it might be their only opportunity to meet others.
“Able the Disabled Foundation” currently helps 52 disabled young riders who come from very poor families, who have benefited greatly. If you would like to find out more information, offer your services or see how you can make a difference by making a donation, please call ++66 (0) 38 248 026 or contact: info@able-the-disabled.org

 

Vol. XV No. 42
Friday October 19 - October 25, 2007

Queen Victoria antes up Platinum sponsorship

The Charity Club of Pattaya meets most Sundays at the Queen Victoria Inn Soi 6 catching up with friends and supporters of the Club for drinks and of course to enjoy the Queen Victoria’s Sunday Carvery (340 baht for 3 courses). Not sitting around for too long, members took the opportunity to collect the Platinum Sponsorship off Vic’s wife Jane.

Malcolm collects the Platinum Sponsorship from Vic King’s wife Jane.



The Queen Victoria is the Charity Club’s home because the Queen Vic has been a staunch supporter of the Charity Club since the formation of the club, now in its fourth year. Vic King is also the treasurer for the club, so Malcolm didn’t keep hold of that for long!
Draw tickets and dinner tickets for the Charity Club’s Gala Dinner are now on sale at 1,300 baht, which includes entertainment, free flow Singha beer, red and white wine and soft drinks.
For more information, contact Malcolm on 0897441040, Christina on 0895454185 or email charityclubofpattaya @yahoo.com On the other hand, call in the Queen Victoria Inn Soi 6 for a drink and ask Vic King for tickets or call Vic on 0860606210.
On the web: www.charityclub ofpattaya. bravehost.com


 

 

Latest News - See who our next batch of wheelchairs are going to below!

The Charity Club of Pattaya has successfully been raising funds to build and furnish a classroom in a rural area just outside Kleang, South of Rayong.

We are very pleased to be able to announce that the classroom is complete and now being used.

The Classroom was started on the 15th August.Click here to see the work starting.

The Classroom
houses well over 40 Children and will make a huge difference.

Previously the Children were being taught in the open air, with the added distractions of the other class being taught, flies and mosquitoes!
 Education is very important for the Children here as it the only chance they have for a better future.

 

Friday 13th was a lucky day for the Wat Wang Wa school on the unluckiest day of the year!

The Classroom in Kleang Rayong that was started on the 15th August is now finished and
The Charity Club of Pattaya officially hand
ed it over to the Wat Wang Wa School on Friday 13th October.  The money to build the Classroom was raised at the pub nights held at Jameson’s The Irish Pub and Witherspoon’s Bar & Restaurant.

The Charity Club also received private donations from Duane Pebworth of GessweinSiam Co.Ltd Bangkok, Tony Shuttleworth, Pattaya Reality and an anonymous donation, with the remainder of the money coming from the Charity Gala Dinner.

After the Monks had finished blessing the Classroom speeches were made by the principal of the school Mr. Kittilarp Meelarp the Principle of Rayong Education Institution Region 2 Mr. Nattaset Posrithong, Police Colonel Ittipol Ittisarnronnachai, Superintendent of Pattaya Immigration and Mr. Niels Colov Managing Director of Pattaya People Newspaper and Television.

Other Honorable guests in attendance were, Khun Nimit Ongkhamarueng Maythanee – Mayor of Wang Wah Sub-district, Mr. Pratheep Pathibat – Wang Wah’s Village Headman, Khun Narong Odthon – Chairman of Wang Wah Sub-district’s Council.

The Classroom will be used for the Kindergarden Class which will make a huge difference, the Children were being taught in the open air, with the added distractions of the other class, barking dogs etc!

The Classroom was kindly furnished by the Pattaya Immigration Charity Drive, which you may recall seeing in the press a few months ago
 

We at The Charity Club raised the funds by holding Pub Nights with the help from Jameson’s Irish Pub, Witherspoon’s Bar & Restaurant, Shenanigan’s, Kilkenny’s, The Queen Victoria Inn and private donations.

 Anyone wishing to donate a prize or offer a cash donation for our next project can contact Christina or Malcolm at the Charity Club at charityclubofpattaya@yahoo.com or via any of the participating bars.


Originally Malcolm was on the committee as treasurer and entertainments Officer with the U.K. Club of Pattaya.
Christina was on the committee as entertainments and Charity officer for the club.

 

 Vic King is the owner of The Queen Victoria Inn Soi 6 Pattaya.
Vic is also
The Club’s treasurer and the Queen Vic is the official home of the club.

 

Anyone wishing to meet either Malcolm Christina or Vic can usually find them all together every Sunday tucking into the Sunday Carvery in The Queen Vic!

Since the U.K. Club went in to hibernation they found that they had a lot of spare time so, encouraged by friends, they decided to form The Charity Club of Pattaya.

 

The next recipients of our wheelchairs are shown here.

Man-age-75-yrs

Man-age-100

 

Since the formation of the club they have raised funds for the following;

 THE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

THE STREET KIDS

WAT PONG SCHOOL

THE MASON’S TSUNAMI APPEAL

THE CAMILLIAN CENTRE.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDER PRIVILEGED CHILDREN.

THE CHILDREN OF ISSAN’S WHEELCHAIR & WALKING AIDS APPEAL.

THE CHARITY CLUB OF PATTAYA’S CHRISTMAS GIFT APPEAL.

 

 

WHO BENEFITS?

 

Anyone in need!

They always visit the charity to see what is needed before they say they we will support them.

They always ask for a ‘wish list’ as they never just hand over cash unless absolutely necessary.

ALL the money they raise goes towards the items on the charities ‘wish list’, nothing is taken for admin costs or expenses. Printing costs etc are shared between Malcolm, Christina and Vic.

They do all the shopping and do an unannounced follow up visit to check everything is in place.
They try to do different charities so that they don’t become committed to any one charity and that allows the money to be spread around as Thailand has so many needy people.

If they are asked to organise a charity event and they don’t know the charity involved they make arrangements for a visit.

At the end of the year they organize a Charity Gala Dinner with a Grand Prize Draw and Auction. The 2005 Charity Dinner was held in October at the 5* Dusit Resort in Pattaya where 170 people attended and had a brilliant time costing only 1,600 baht for a Thai and International buffet and a FREE BAR! The money raised from this event went to the CAMILLIAN CENTRE Rayong a home for children and orphans affected from birth by HIV/AIDS.
The FREE MASON Tsunami re-building of a school project and education scholarships for under privileged Children.

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF The Charity Club of Pattaya?

The aims are simple.
Just to give a little bit back to those who need it!

If we all help each other a little, we will all benefit in the end.
The charities will benefit and everyone has a good night out while raising money for charity!

If you wish to sponsor an event, donate a prize, be added to the Club’s email for news of forth coming events or if you wish to attend the next function please email

 charityclubofpattaya@yahoo.com

 

 

BERTRUM BEAR – CHARITY CLUB MASCOT RELAXING AT THE QUEEN VIC

 

Donation to the Camillian Centre.

 from left to right
                                     Paddy Phelan
of the Camillian Center – Malcolm Boden Charity Club of Pattaya –

Vic King Owner of The Queen Victoria Inn – Christina Boden Charity Club of Pattaya

 

 

Some of the people the Charity Club of Pattaya have helped

 

Some of the Children from the Camillian Center.

 (Children born with HIV/AIDS) with Father Giovanni.

 

PEOPLE FROM ESARN WHO NEEDED WHEELCHAIRS AND SPECIALLY MODIFIED

TRICYCLES FOR THE DISABLED.

 

 

n be of some assistance or simply make a donation.

 

 

 

Remember that we are at the Queen Vic Soi 6 most Sundays. Especially during the Carvery Serving time!!

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