Norwegian businessmen support Thai AIDS orphans

The Norwegian Businessmen Charity Fund of Thailand in November raised an amazing 1,700,000 Thai Baht in support of a project for HIV Children in Chiang Mai which the Norwegian business community in Thailand has almost adopted.
     For several years, the Norwegian businessmen living in Thailand and their friends have arranged a yearly Charity Lunch and an Auction at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. The events have been highly successful in raising funds for HIV Children.
     This year, the Founder of the Auction, Mr. Bjorn Granerod, together with regular donors and organizers, decided to replace the Bangkok Auctions with a combined Charity Golf Tournament and Auction outside Bangkok. The golf tournament was successfully organized by Mr. Bjorn Naglestad and Matthias Aarskog at Khao Kheow Country Club, with the participation of 24 Norwegian businessmen and friends from Thailand, Norway,Oman and other countries around Asia.
     The Auction was held at the Amari Orchid Pattaya, where a record high of 40 participants took part. The Auctioneer Mr. Bjorn Granerod successfully led the Auction which raised an amazing amount of Baht 1,700,000.
     The funds donated are carefully spent by Dr. Vicharn Vithayasai & Dr. Prakong Vithayasai, the founders of Support the Children Foundation in Chiang Mai.
      “Seeing pictures of the malnourished children when they arrived in the care of Dr. Vicharn & Dr. Prakong and the today healthy and harmonic children, tells you clearly that the support is needed and makes a difference,” Ms. Vibeke Lyssand Leirvaag reports in “The Pamphlet” – the magazine of the Thai Norwegian Chamber of Commerce.
     “In cooperation with “Support the Children Foundation” of Chiang Mai, a house has been fully financed and acquired and presently house 7 girls in the age group 6-13.”
     “Yearly funds are being provided for medicine and antiretroviral drugs. With these drugs they have no opportunistic infections and have a better quality of life and are able to go to normal schools,” Ms. Leirvaag writes.
     Part of the funds are given to Educational Scholarship. This year 10 HIV infected students attending Technical College & University in Chiang Mai have received a scholarship from the Norwegian.

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