Monthly Archives: August 2014
Dear friends, supporters and followers of the PSV,
Our Children village is nowadays becoming rather small for kids who have been growing into teen-agers and so,more space for playing sports is needed.We at PSV Foundation, purchased a piece of land next to the existing village, and have now planned the building of a roofed gymnasium for the children to play.The large roof will protect shelter for rainy days or very hot sunny ones.The plan is to install in there a volley ball court, badminton, basketball and indoor soccer.
Anyone interested to donate funds to build this structure,donate sports equipment or even helps us at later stage for some volunteering sports activity ( like organizing sport classes,workshops or tournaments), can contact us.
You could help us as well if you start to talk about this project through Twitter, Facebook and all your other social networks.
From Phuket to Pwllheli (by Elin Aaron)
At the Opening Ceremony of the Topper World Championships at Pwllheli Sailing Club on Sunday there were two very special guests in attendance. Among the dignitaries and competitors from 11 different countries, Cartoon Jundet and Sarawuth Kuluk proudly carried the Thai national flag on to the Topper world stage.
Cartoon (12 years old) and Sarawuth (13 year old) are members of the Phuket Youth Sailing Club which aim to give underprivileged children the opportunity to sail and get involved in international competitions. Cartoon and Sarawuth live at Phuket Sunshine Village, a home for children in need set up by the Lions Club of Phuket Andaman Sea and Child Watch Phuket in the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2004. This journey to Pwllheli is Sarawuth’s first venture outside of his home town.
The International Topper Class Association are continuously talking to the Phuket Youth Sailing Club to try and get them involved and offer them assistance as required. This year the Topper Worlds event secured a travel grant to enable the Sailing Club to send two young sailors and their supporters across the world to Pwllheli.
The climate in Pwllheli differs greatly from their normal sailing waters in Phuket. Back in Thailand Cartoon and Sarawuth sail in their shorts, but the the remnants of what was Hurricane Bertha means that the conditions in Pwllheli required the pair to layer up. Suitable sailing attire was donated from various other competitors and British supporters of the Phuket Youth Sailing Club and loaned by Pwllheli Youth Sailing Community (CHIPAC). The young sailors will be sailing in boats generously supplied by Topper International Ltd., the manufacturer, to compete in the championships.
Bill Brassington, the President and Chairman of the International Topper Class Association, said: “It’s great to see Cartoon and Sarawuth out on the water with all the other sailors. As a class, we feel it’s important to support and assist sailors from countries where Topper sailing is still in its infantry in order to develop the sport. The welcome that Cartoon and Sarawuth have received here at Pwllheli has been warm, despite the challenging conditions.”
Now that the pleasantries of the Opening Ceremony are over it’s time for the pair to join in with the 150 other competitors in the waters of Cardigan Bay. With 5 days of sailing ahead of them the Topper Worlds 2014 at Pwllheli Sailing Club will be a great experience for all involved. Who knows this opportunity might inspire Cartoon and Sarawuth and we’ll see their names representing Thailand at the Olympics in the future.
The French Ambassador to Thailand visits the PSV
On Saturday 26th June his excellency Mr Thierry Viteau the French Ambassador to Thailand visited the Phuket Sunshine Village with other French Embassy officials.
A group of the village Children greeted him with one of the PSV Directors David Van-Zandt and the Village Manager Khun Ning.
PSV Director David Van-Zandt explained to the Ambassador how and when the PSV came to be and the role that The French Red Cross had in the original construction of the Village. He was deeply impressed with the Village and how it is managed and with the Family concept used.
During his visit some of the Children gave a Thai dance presentation which he enjoyed. He also signed a message of appreciation for the work being done for the Children in need.