From Pattaya to Peru in four hours

Father Ray Foundation

The local Regents School is a great supporter of the work of the Father Ray Foundation. Each year the students organise many different fund raising activities and recently they decided to do a sponsored event which would see the students covering the distance from Pattaya to Peru. The reason why Peru was chosen is that the Regents School has good relations with a similar international school in Lima. The total distance from Pattaya to the school in Peru is 19,225 and the children would walk, run, march, ride their bike, swim, use a scooter, roller skate or skateboard until their combined distance equaled the 19,225, and they would have four hours to complete. More than two hundred students and teachers took part and they were joined by students from the School for the Blind and the Vocational School for People with Disabilities. As the blind students were led around the course, the wheelchair bound students raced alongside the bike riders. Several students and staff from the Regents School also tried their hand at completing a lap of the course in a wheelchair, but for many they could not finish. However one young student who is wheelchair bound completed twenty five laps, a total of 10 Kms. As it was a sponsored event all the money raised will split into three and presented to purchase sports equipment at the Pattaya School for the Blind, Vocational School for People with Disabilities and the planned sports court at the Father Ray Children’s Village.

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A lot of fun

Disabilities development

To the young children attending the Center for Children with Special Needs it was a simple game of basketball. In reality it was an exercise in which the children are learning many things. First the children were asked to select a specific coloured ball, then walk up a steep ramp and place the ball in the basket. Up and down the ramp without holding the railings they are learning balance, and placing the ball in the basket they are using their motor stills. Each child receives lots of encouragement from the staff and accompanying family members and although it is an exercise in learning, the children see it as a lot of fun.

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Lost Socks!

Father Children’s Home

It is six thirty in the morning and the first day of a new school year. The children have all eaten breakfast and the girls all look very smart in their crisp white blouses and neatly pleated skirts. Their socks are whiter than white and their shoes are shining. They are all looking forward to meeting old friends and seeing what the new school year has to offer. The boys on the other hand take life at a more leisurely pace. Slowly they emerge from the dining room, some still getting dressed and their teachers are all encouraging them to hurry as the school buses are waiting to leave. But on the first day of the new term they may all be late arriving at school as one young boy can not find his socks. He tells everyone that he has looked everywhere, ‘how can you lose a brand new pair of socks’ his teacher asks, ‘we only gave them to you yesterday’. With a smile on his face and the jeers of his friends ringing in his ears he goes off to look once look, but soon returns barefooted. He is then handed another pair of socks, which in his haste to put on he almost tears a hole in them. At last he is ready and everyone climbs on board the buses. It is six forty-five when the bus actually leaves, but they will still make it on time.

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Barbershop Blues

Father Ray Children’s Home

After eight weeks off school, the boys from the Father Ray Children’s Home are almost ready to go back to school. But before they go back to class they must have a regulation haircut. One of the older boys, Lek, is responsible for the barber shop and it is his job to train the older boys in the art of using an electric razor. All government schools insist that all boys must have their heads shaved, the top of the head can have some length, but the back and sides must be as short as possible. Some barbers are better than others, and many of the younger boys will hide until they see Lek’s chair is free, making sure that none of the inexperienced barbers are let loose on their heads.

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