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ATS Thailand & Maynmar Tour Feb 2018


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Educational Awards for Excellence 2017
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ATS 55th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance
20th October 2017 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel

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Saturday March 25 , 2017
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Clown Eckie

The Gift of Happiness Foundation

In the year 2000, Edward Haworth (aka Clown Eckie, a British professional clown based in Bangkok) was asked to perform for some children suffering from AIDS at one of the cities large orphanages. The experience made such an impression on him that he decided to devote much more of his time to bringing a little laughter to those children whose lives may sometimes lack these important pleasures. So, he gathered a small group of friends and together they managed to raise enough money to establish the Gift of Happiness Foundation which finally achieved full charitable status on the 15th December 2009.

The Gift of happiness Foundation has been helping poor families in Bangkok, Mae Sot, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Sankhalaburi, Kanchanaburi and other Thai provinces since the year 2000. They also give their services to poor Thai families, refugees, displaced and migrant Burmese, people on the Thai-Burma border. They help people who have nowhere else to live but in Slums, Orphanages, Crisis Centres for abused women and children, HIV/AIDS centres, homes and schools for physically & mentally challenged children.

They also serve the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, other medical centres, communities of migrant workers and their families as well as people displaced by civil war. All the people working for the Gift of Happiness Foundation are un-paid volunteers and often cover their own costs when helping with show tours or donation.

Clown Eckie continues to perform at slum schools, orphanages, hospitals and other places where children ordinarily would never get a chance to see his inane antics - or enjoy an afternoon of laughter and fun.

The Gift of Happiness latest video on You Tube can be seen here and more information on the organisation, including reports on their various charitable projects and how to donate, can be found here.

Edward Haworth (aka Clown Eckie) founder of the Gift of Happiness Foundation

Calendar of Events

Thursday 9th March

Talk by Claire Keefe-Fox on her book 'Siamese Tears' with Thai dinner at Thai Tho restaurant, Soho

Monday 20th March

'Searching for Ali Wallace' a docu-drama film at the Overseas League. For more details please click here

Sunday 9th April

Songkran Festival at Buddhpadipa Thai Temple, Calonne Road, Wimbledon. Wat Buddhapadipa is unique in Europe. The only Thai temple in the UK purposely built in the Thai architectural style and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran in London. The programme of events includes the chance to make offerings to monks and enjoy Thai food and cultural performances on stage. Free entry, all welcome.


 

Tuesday, 16th May

Talk by David Hallmark on The Travels and Trials of an English adventurer Advocate in Thailand 1970-1971. Venue and booking details coming soon.

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