at the Diana Garden Resort, Saturday, December, 17th. 5.00 pm.
Saturday, December, 17th. was a very special day for Rotary Clubs in Pattaya as the
joint clubs held their traditional Christmas Party, organized by Assistant Governor
Bob Denzel of RCTaksin - Pattaya. The location was the Jaktheppiman room at the Diana
Garden Resort and Driving Range, which started at 6.30 pm.
It was also a special day for Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard as they held a “Water
for Life 24/7” press conference and presentation to celebrate the completion of the
” Matching Grant 74709 - Gravity Water Filters for Households Project” before the
party in the Rotary room, Diana Garden Resort at 5.00 pm.
Since 2007 Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard, with the support of sponsors and Rotary
Districts & Clubs in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Thailand has installed over
50 Clean Water systems at schools throughout North & Eastern Thailand, with a total
value of over 3 million Baht (100.000 US$).
In 2009 the “Water for Life 24/7” campaign was launched to combat waterborne diseases
at a household level as per the recommendations of the World Health Organization. Water
for Life 24/7 means providing clean drinking water to children and families 24 hours
per day, 7 days per week.
For this purpose Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard, with major financial support from
their International Partner Rotary District 2000 (Switzerland) and through MG 74709
(International Partner D-2000 Switzerland, Primary Host Partner RC Eastern Seaboard
with contributions from D-3340, RC Taksin - Pattaya & RC Nakorn Rajasima) has distributed
3500 gravity drip filters to not only poor families in the Isaan area but also to
hill tribe villages in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai provinces, communities
in the Burmese border area in Kanchanaburi province, the Cambodian border area in
Chantaburi province and fishing villages in the mangrove forests in Chantaburi, and
300 drip filters were made available for immediate flood relief in cooperation with
District 3340, District 3350, RC Bangkok Bangna and many clubs in the worst effected
areas. Many of the handovers were done in cooperation with our sister clubs RC Krasang,
RC Chantaboon and RC Namphong. In addition, with the installation of 2 reverse osmosis
systems and 3 UV systems the total project value was 4.72 million Baht (150.000 US$). The
motto of RC Eastern Seaboard is “Beyond Frontiers” and therefore we have also donated
some water filters to impoverished families in Pakse province, Laos and to an orphanage
in Sihanoukville Cambodia.
The drip filters are fitted with a high quality Swiss Made Katadyn ceramic element,
which is certified to filter out particles > 0.2 micron, including virtually all
harmful bacteria. In comparison: the specifications of the best available ceramic
elements in Thailand are only 0.3 micron -which is the standard set by Thai Health
Departments. In addition the systems do not require electricity and as such are perfect
to be used for disaster relief. As such, 300 systems were made available for immediate
flood relief in the affected areas north of Bangkok.
The cost of 3500 drip filters was 4.2 million Baht (140.000 US$), which may seem
a lot of money but if you consider that they will provide more than 20.000 people
with sufficient clean drinking water for well a period of well over 5 years, the
cost per litre is less than 0.03 Baht. Now compare that to the cost of a litre of
bottled drinking water, which for the underprivileged is (relatively) as expensive
as a litre of wine to most of us!
Together with many clubs in Thailand and international partners & sponsors, RCES
intends to continue their “Water for Life 24/7” campaign, whereby a target of 5000
has been set for 2012.
All interested parties were welcome to the “Water for Life 24/7” presentation at
the RC Eastern Seaboard meeting room at the Diana Garden Resort on Saturday December
17th at 5.00 pm
Here’s to Clean Water – Cheers!
President Carl R. Dyson , PP Stefan Ryser, PP Jan Abbink and the members of Rotary
club Eastern Seaboard.
Water for Life 24/7 Press Release
the presentation of Rotary’s Prestigious award, a Paul Harris Pin
to the Rotarians whose efforts, generosity and the gift of their time,
made this project possible.
Lots of attention as Rtn. Mario D2000 presents to PDG. Peter Malhotra D3340
a letter of thanks from the District Governor of D2000 Switzerland
Now Rtn. Mario D2000, presents the
Paul Harris awards to the following Rotarians.
Marianne & Daniel Biel RCES Joy
Sipaphay Keolaphoumy RCES
Nittaya Rottmann RCES Hans
Peter Graf RCES
AG. Bob Denzel RCTP Gerda
P. Carl Dyson RCES & PP. Jan
With the rolls reversed, President Carl R Dyson RCES is honoured to present
Rtn. Mario D2000 with the final PH8 to his well earned collection and
PDG. Peter Malhotra RCJP has the pleasure of attaching the pin.
Thank you to our Sister Club RC Chantaboon for attending this event
And thank you
Rtn. Joe N Quennell RCES
for afterwards conducting an excellent interview for Pattaya Mail TV (PMTV).
Last but not least P. Carl Dyson RCES & PDG. Peter Malhotra RCJP
ask Rtn. Mario D2000 to accept a PH8 (3 Rubies) on behalf of