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05 January 2010 :: 13:01:21 pm 4595

Orphanage Entertain Pattaya Expats Club

Members of the PCEC were entertained by a selection of visitors from the Pattaya Orphanage included the Director, Father Michael, the Administrator, Khun Toi, and the Children’s Choir, together with some of their teachers, Father Michael gave a broad outline of his work at the Pattaya Orphanage, and the large children’s choir beautifully sung some well rehearsed Christmas songs..
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Pattaya, the 4th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) was very lucky to obtain the Pattaya Orphanage Director, Father Michael Weera as its guest speaker, and his entourage included a large number of children from their choir. In his enlightening address he stated that his grandparents were of Chinese origin, which is why he is of the Catholic faith, even though it is only a minority religion in Thailand. At sixty nine years of age, he started by teaching for 10-years, has been in the priesthood for 40-years, and was formerly at Chatchansao.

Father Ray was posted to Pattaya around 2-years ago and holds the important position as “Vicar General” of the Diocese. The Pattaya Orphanage was formed in 1974 under the leadership of the famous Father Ray Brennan (deceased), and after 35 years of continuous operation is bigger than ever.

He spoke of the difficulties of helping orphans back to a normal loving family life, because many of these children often cannot remember having parents, so a lot of special attention must me given to these unfortunate children. Another problem is dealing with the 2 -3 abandoned babies that they receive each week, because the mother’s signature must be obtained, or else the child cannot be adopted out to another family.

Father Michael’s philosophy is to remove children to outlying centres in Thailand as they approach their teens, as a big “high rolling” tourist city is not a good influence on young children. Whilst the Pattaya Orphanage has a very good success rate with career placements for their children at employment age, there are also a few that fall victim to drugs, alcoholism or HIV / AIDS. .

Then the children who had been waiting patiently under a shady tree outside, quietly filed in the back door and arranged themselves in neat rows on the stairs. The choir ranged from very young children to kids in their mid-teens and they happily sung popular Christmas songs with vigor, to the accompiament of their own guitar students. Some of the younger boys & girls dressed up in “country & western” costumes, to put on a lively dance show that really stole the hearts of the PCEC members. After This very popular performance the kids quickly headed back to the orphanage, with a big bunch of gift bags for each of the students.

Members should note, that the next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) on Sunday 17th January, will be held inside the Amari Hotel and no at Henry J. Beans on Beach Road.

Reporter : Harry Green   Photo : Harry Green   Category : Community News

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