Royal British Legion turned 90 this year
“Service not Self” is the motto of the Royal
British Legion, which turned 90 years old this year. Celebrations were held
wherever there is a branch of the Legion, including
That same motto can also be applied to those that in fact help the Legion and on our birthday here in Pattaya we recognised two such groups, Peter Malhotra of the Pattaya Mail Media Group and Vic King and Mathew Johnstone of the Queen Vic/MatVic Butchers who were all presented with a “Friend of the Legion” Certificate sent from our head office in London. Both certificates were signed by the national president and national chairman of the Royal British Legion.
Graham Macdonald the president of the Royal British
For those that don’t know, the Legion came into existence in 1921 to care for ex-servicemen and women from WWI. That same work and more is still carried out today and our role is to care for those who have served or are serving in the UK Armed Forces and/or their dependants. To carry out this work we need a number of things: funds of course, members and volunteers to carry out our welfare work and the support of the local community. Both Pattaya Mail and Queen Vic/MatVic Butchers have given that support in different ways.
If we are to help what we call our “beneficiaries” (Those who have served) or their “dependants” (wives and children), then we need to be known about. People need to know where and when to come, not just perhaps to donate funds but also to receive help should they need it. The Pattaya Mail has always provided that avenue of information for us since day one of our formation, without charge and without any question of paid advertising. They have both highlighted our needs and given details of our events and meetings. They are indeed a “Friend of the Legion”.
Bert Elson the secretary & welfare chairman of the
Royal British legion
The managing director of Pattaya Mail, Peter Malhotra
expressed his heartfelt gratitude saying that is was indeed an honour to receive
this recognition from the Royal British Legion. He said, “I am well aware of the
importance of the media and how it can help organisations such the Royal British
Legion in attaining their worthy goals.” He went on to say that it was his moral
duty as a human being to help those who dedicate their lives for others and this
is the case with the Royal British Legion and for those veterans that they take
care of. Peter added, “I am humbled to learn the British Legion here in
Buddy Ditchburn, George Barrie, John Hocking – members attending the general meeting before the presentation.
We have also provided care and advice to their Thai wives should they
unfortunately die; we ensure they receive any pensions or allowances due, we
have paid for funerals and ensured that any children continue schooling by
paying for school fees, uniforms and books. The list is endless and the Queen
Vic along with all its supporters on their 10th Birthday Party
help us to continue carrying out that work. They
raised a total of 118,000 on our joint birthday party (half of this was by one
donation - well done John Clarke!). All of that will go into our 2011 Poppy
Appeal and used for our welfare work in
Dave Haddon, John Hocking, Bob Myers listen to Bert
Elson updating the members on the activities of the Royal British Legion in
If I may end by giving a couple of tips that may help all expats here of whatever nationality:
A. Get yourself some form of medical insurance. Even a very basic one may save your life because one day it WILL happen to you.
B. Many of you do not have medical insurance because you are financially secure. That’s fine for when you don’t feel well and go to hospital or are aware of what’s going on. What about if you have an accident or a stroke that leaves you in a coma, and you live alone or have never given PIN numbers or bank details to you wife? You’ve never bothered as of course it was never going to happen to you. You may as well be destitute and that’s the way you may be treated. Please make a note of all your personal details and give them to someone you trust. It really can be not only a nightmare trying to sort things out for those in this position but also very distressing so once again, please prepare for it.
That’s my moan over, why don’t you join the Legion … we have our own “IN
Confidence” forms that you can fill in and are kept in a safe until needed. We
meet every Saturday from
at tropical Bert’s on
The Charity Club of Pattaya is a small club,
which was founded on JULY 1st 2004 by Christina and Malcolm Boden; they
are helped by treasurer VIC KING owner of the Queen Victoria Inn Soi 6
www.queenvictoria-inn.com and KEVIN FISHER of Cranes & Equipment Asia www.cranesasia.com
|Malcolm Boden||Christina Boden|
Malcolm & Christina have been doing charity events
in Pattaya since their arrival in Pattaya in March 2000 with the now defunct
U.K. Club where Christina was the Charity Officer and Entertainments
organiser and Malcolm was the treasurer and Entertainments organiser. When
the U.K. Club folded, The Charity Club of Pattaya was born. The Club is now
in its 5th years.
Vic King owner of The Queen Victoria Inn is also the
The Queen Vic is also the adopted home of the club, where we meet most Sundays for Vic’s Sunday Roast and of course a Sunday drink.
KEVIN & SOM FISHER.
Kevin Fisher Director of Cranes and Equipment Asia is a staunch supporter of the Club and helps as much as his busy schedule allows.
Som Fisher is the raffle ticket queen of Pattaya! Whenever we have an event Som is the girl with the raffle book and does a sterling job, she also stands in for Kevin when work commitments means he cannot attend a function. Som can be spotted at most events cuddling or dancing with Bertram which Kevin is well aware of, but isn’t the slightest bit jealous!
OUR ISAAN REPRESENTATIVE
As the Club does so much work in the very poor areas of Isaan, they have become very good friends with Rotarian, Peter Rottmann. Peter lives in the Krasang area with his wife Nit who helps Peter with his Rotary work and our work as well with translations.
Peter agreed to become the club’s representative for any projects the Club has in that area.
THE BABE MAGNET OF THE CLUB……..
The ladies of the club can be at the side of their men one minute but as soon as they see Bertram they are like flies round a honey pot!
Bertram attends nearly all our events and has been interviewed by the Pattaya Mail on more than one occasion!
Loved by all the Thai ladies and Children alike Bertram Bear is our Club mascot! He has a wardrobe of t-shirts that he collects for sponsorship purposes which he dons when he’s called upon to advertise a bar or real estate agent.
Vol. XVI No. 11
Friday March 14 - March 20, 2008
Vol. XV No. 42
Queen Victoria antes up Platinum sponsorship
Latest News - See who our next batch of wheelchairs are going to below!
The Charity Club of Pattaya
has successfully been
raising funds to build and furnish a classroom in a rural area just outside Kleang, South of Rayong.
We are very pleased to be able to announce that the classroom is complete and now being used.
The Classroom was started on the 15th August.Click
here to see the
The Classroom houses well over 40 Children and will make a huge difference.
Previously the Children
being taught in the open air, with the added distractions of the other class
being taught, flies and mosquitoes!
Education is very important for the Children here as it the only chance they have for a better future.
Friday 13th was a lucky day for the Wat Wang Wa school on the unluckiest day of the year!
in Kleang Rayong that was started on the 15th August is now finished
The Charity Club of Pattaya officially handed it over to the Wat Wang Wa School on Friday 13th October. The money to build the Classroom was raised at the pub nights held at Jameson’s The Irish Pub and Witherspoon’s Bar & Restaurant.
The Charity Club also received private donations from Duane Pebworth of GessweinSiam Co.Ltd Bangkok, Tony Shuttleworth, Pattaya Reality and an anonymous donation, with the remainder of the money coming from the Charity Gala Dinner.
After the Monks had finished blessing the Classroom speeches were made by the principal of the school Mr. Kittilarp Meelarp the Principle of Rayong Education Institution Region 2 Mr. Nattaset Posrithong, Police Colonel Ittipol Ittisarnronnachai, Superintendent of Pattaya Immigration and Mr. Niels Colov Managing Director of Pattaya People Newspaper and Television.
Other Honorable guests in attendance were, Khun Nimit Ongkhamarueng Maythanee – Mayor of Wang Wah Sub-district, Mr. Pratheep Pathibat – Wang Wah’s Village Headman, Khun Narong Odthon – Chairman of Wang Wah Sub-district’s Council.
The Classroom will be used for the Kindergarden Class which will make a huge difference, the Children were being taught in the open air, with the added distractions of the other class, barking dogs etc!
Classroom was kindly furnished by the Pattaya Immigration Charity Drive, which
may recall seeing in the press a few months ago
We at The Charity Club raised the funds by holding Pub Nights with the help from Jameson’s Irish Pub, Witherspoon’s Bar & Restaurant, Shenanigan’s, Kilkenny’s, The Queen Victoria Inn and private donations.
Anyone wishing to donate a prize or offer a cash donation for our next project can contact Christina or Malcolm at the Charity Club at [email protected] or via any of the participating bars.
Originally Malcolm was on the committee as treasurer and entertainments Officer with the U.K. Club of Pattaya.
Christina was on the committee as entertainments and Charity officer for the club.
is the owner of The Queen Victoria Inn Soi 6 Pattaya.
Vic is also The Club’s treasurer and the Queen Vic is the official home of the club.
Anyone wishing to meet either Malcolm Christina or Vic can usually find them all together every Sunday tucking into the Sunday Carvery in The Queen Vic!
Since the U.K. Club went in to hibernation they found that they had a lot of spare time so, encouraged by friends, they decided to form The Charity Club of Pattaya.
The next recipients of our wheelchairs are shown here.
Since the formation of the club they have raised funds for the following;
THE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
THE STREET KIDS
WAT PONG SCHOOL
THE MASON’S TSUNAMI APPEAL
THE CAMILLIAN CENTRE.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDER PRIVILEGED CHILDREN.
THE CHILDREN OF ISSAN’S WHEELCHAIR & WALKING AIDS APPEAL.
THE CHARITY CLUB OF PATTAYA’S CHRISTMAS GIFT APPEAL.
Anyone in need!
They always visit the charity to see what is needed before they say they we will support them.
They always ask for a ‘wish list’ as they never just hand over cash unless absolutely necessary.
ALL the money they raise goes towards the items on the charities ‘wish list’, nothing is taken for admin costs or expenses. Printing costs etc are shared between Malcolm, Christina and Vic.
all the shopping and do an unannounced follow up visit to check everything is in
They try to do different charities so that they don’t become committed to any one charity and that allows the money to be spread around as Thailand has so many needy people.
If they are asked to organise a charity event and they don’t know the charity involved they make arrangements for a visit.
end of the year they organize a Charity Gala Dinner with a Grand Prize Draw and
Auction. The 2005 Charity Dinner was held in October at the 5* Dusit Resort in
Pattaya where 170 people attended and had a brilliant time costing only 1,600
baht for a Thai and International buffet and a FREE BAR! The money raised from
this event went to the CAMILLIAN CENTRE Rayong a home for children
and orphans affected from birth by HIV/AIDS.
The FREE MASON Tsunami re-building of a school project and education scholarships for under privileged Children.
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF The Charity Club of Pattaya?
Just to give a little bit back to those who need it!
If we all
help each other a little, we will all benefit in the end.
The charities will benefit and everyone has a good night out while raising money for charity!
If you wish to sponsor an event, donate a prize, be added to the Club’s email for news of forth coming events or if you wish to attend the next function please email
BERTRUM BEAR – CHARITY CLUB MASCOT RELAXING AT THE QUEEN VIC
Donation to the Camillian Centre.
Paddy Phelan of the Camillian Center – Malcolm Boden Charity Club of Pattaya –
Vic King Owner of The Queen Victoria Inn – Christina Boden Charity Club of Pattaya
Some of the people the Charity Club of Pattaya have helped
Some of the Children from the Camillian Center.
(Children born with HIV/AIDS) with Father Giovanni.
PEOPLE FROM ESARN WHO NEEDED WHEELCHAIRS AND SPECIALLY MODIFIED
TRICYCLES FOR THE DISABLED.
n be of some assistance or simply make a donation.
Remember that we are at the Queen Vic Soi 6 most Sundays. Especially during the Carvery Serving time!!
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