Our annual garage sale has been postponed earlier due to political unrest. The new date now has been set to January 30, 2014 at the Ministry of Labour. The pricing will be done on January 29. If you would like to volunteer to price or sell goods, please contact us at 02-258 5332.
Due to political tension and possible effect on the venue (Ministry of Labour), the annual garage sale scheduled for November 28 has been postponed. The pricing day on November 27 is cancelled as well. The new date will be announced later.
On November 21, ISGF held a Sponsor Thank You luncheon at Polo Club to thank sponsors for all the support they have given throughout the years. This year also marks 25th anniversary of ISGF work. The party was a success as everyone enjoyed each other’s company. Members and sponsors got a chance to meet face to face, or get to know eacch other more.
ISGF will hold its annual second-hand goods sale at the Ministry of Labour on November 28, 2013. If you would like to donate used items, please contact our office manager Khun Pui at 66 (2) 258-5332, 66 (2) 258-5335, or you can come join us for pricing of the goods or volunteering to sell them.
A few members of ISGF went up north to interview scholarship students and students applying for ISGF grant. It was a 3 day trip from July 8 – 10, visiting Chiang Mai, Payao and Chiangrai. It was a worthwhile trip as members got a chance to know students personally and learn about their study progress as well as family situation.
On June 4th, ISGF members and wheelchair donors, presented 22 wheelchairs to recipients in Nakorn Pathom.
Mr James Foo has been a valued ISGF sponsor for more than 12 years now. He is a strong believer in giving the gift of education to underprivileged children and is currently sponsoring 7 Thai children from primary school to university.
Although Mr Foo is a Hong Kong citizen he has a strong connection to Thailand because he is involved in the rice trade. He makes regular trips to Thailand and realizes the disadvantages the rural people endure in our country.
Susan Race, EPC for Mae Hong Son, recently met Mr Foo in Chiang Mai where he was a delegate at a rice convention. She was proud to introduce him to a number of his sponsored students who are presently studying at university in Chiang Mai
Boonsri Kongpromsab is a Karen hilltribe girl who has just begun her third year of a five-year education degree. She is a bright and intelligent young woman with a happy personality. Boonsri is studying to be a Science teacher and would like to return to teach in her village and help develop her community.
Arporn Sangawong-ratanamart also comes from an impoverished family of hilltribe farmers. Her two siblings did not have the opportunity to finish their education and now work in the rice fields in the mountains. Thanks to her ISGF scholarship from Mr Foo and her high grades, Arporn will be able to realize her dream of becoming a Science teacher in three years time.
The third student to meet Mr Foo was Orathai Loothan from Mae Hong Son. Mr Foo has supported Orathai throughout her education and in March she graduated from Mattayom 6 (Grade 12) with consistently good results. She has just begun her first year at University in Chiang Rai. Orathai is doing a Tourism course with the intention of becoming involved in the tourist industry.
The students were thrilled to receive a traditional Chinese “red packet” and a small gift from Mr Foo who treated everyone to a splendid breakfast. It was a special occasion which the students will never forget.
On February 28th, Dr. Amput, an ISGF member, and a team of doctors from Chulalongkorn Hospital examined ear/nose/throat of over 500 children at Pakkred Home. Some of these children are disabled, either physically or mentally and do not get a chance to have their ears/nose/throat checked up on a regular basis. ISGF members and volunteers joined the event to help facilitate the work. A full story will be published in the next issue of our Newsletter.
Our second-hand goods sale went very well this year. The charity event raised over Bt120,000 for ISGF, a record amount!
We will hold our second hand goods sale at the Labour Ministry on August 31, 2012 to raise fund for ISGF. This is an annual event, but this past year due to the flood and unexpected events, we have postponed the sale several times. If you have unused goods that you would like to donate or be a volunteer to help price or sell the goods, please contact us at 02-258-5332.