Father Ray Foundation 

While most of the world is celebrating Christmas on December the 25th here in Thailand it is just another normal day. The children go to school and all shops, banks and government offices are open. But for the children and students at the Father Ray Foundation the 26th December is a day that they will remember for the whole year.

At six o’clock in the evening almost one thousand children, students and workers gathered together for the annual Christmas party.

The evening started off slowly with the presentation of Christmas gifts to the Directors of each project which will in turn be shared among the children.

Father Peter welcomed everyone and introduced the guest of honour, a Dutch man by the name of Ramon Dekker.

Mr. Dekker is a retired Muay Thai boxer, and was eight times world champion. As soon as he walked onto the stage many of the workers recognized him as during his career he was one of the best fighters around and everyone was very happy to have such a superstar join them for the party.

Then the food started to arrive and this year the children were in for a big treat. The children were all sat on round tables and the first dish to arrive contained roasted cashews, barbecued eggs, fried tofu and deep fried fish skin. Once the plates were cleared the food continued to arrive; noodles with prawn, spicy prawn soup, roast duck, fried rice, papaya salad and many more dishes that the children thought were all delicious.

Entertainment was provided by the staff members and students. The students from the vocational school performed their own version of the hit record ‘Gangman Style’ which saw many of the children dancing along. However the highlight of the evening was the performance by the foreign volunteers.

Dressed in their best Halloween costumes and make-up they performed a dance routine to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ which led into a sexy version of ‘Moves like Jagger’ and ‘Sexy and I know it’. By now most of the children and students were standing in front of the stage waiting for the finale.

It is a tradition that once the volunteers finish their routine they throw pieces of candy into the audience. For five minutes it rained candy and the children went wild jumping to catch as much as they could. There was so much candy that everyone was assured a pocketful.

The final act was performed by two young blind students who performed one of the biggest hit records of the year.

As the children and students made their way home there were lots of shouts of ‘Sanuk, Sanuk’ meaning they all had a lot of fun, and ‘Aroy’ meaning the food was delicious. .

Thanks to all our supporters who made this evening possible.