TravelManagers delegates showed their stamina at the weekend by enjoying a stylish evening at top Bangkok rooftop nightspot, Zense Gourmet Deck & Lounge Panorama, on Saturday and then setting out on Sunday morning to help in several Bangkok community projects.
Delegates arrived for the Saturday night Zense experience in a fleet of tuk-tuks, with Bangkok police closing off traffic to ensure the TravelManagers convoy got through.
The following morning, the same personal travel managers divided into teams, donned bright- coloured T-shirts and headed off to paint railings, repair tricycles for disabled people, make cushions, help in gardens and perform a host of other activities to help the work of the Duang Prateep Foundation.
The foundation is committed to improving the educational standards and living conditions of Bangkok’s underprivileged in the city’s slums. Its founder, Ms Prateep Ungsongtham Hata (‘Khru Prateep’) showed the Australians around. She set up the project having started work at the age of 12 with four years of schooling.
Australian involvement is coordinated by the charity Hands Across the Water.
Delegates also met Mark Bennis, an Australian maths teacher who volunteered to help teach in Thailand for two years in 1982 and decided to stay.
“You only get one life as far as I know and you have to make the most of it,” he said.
Quite apart from helping out painting, fixing, cleaning and constructing, everyone had a great time!
Written by Peter Needham