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Mothers Day Run-Walk Rally, 2006. Sponsored by Zonta Intenrational Chiangmai.

Nearly two hundred runners competed in the Zonta Mothers' Day Walk/Run rally to raise money for the victims of HIV/Aids. Many participants acknowledged this was their first opportunity to visit the Night Safari. The members of Zonta International under the leadership of Club President Darannee Sophanasook who organized the event have been raising funds to support successful programs aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged in the community. The success of the various fund-raising events depend on the generosity of local businesses and friends in our community.

Before the start of the Zonta International Chiangmai Walk/Run Rally

The runners had the option to compete in two courses: a distance of 5.2 kilometers or a distance of 10.4 kilometers. The details of these two events were overseen by Prof. Dusit of the Chiang Mai Physical Education College. The walk was around the "Swan Lake" pathway. The first two hundred runners crossing over the finish line received medals especially produced for the event. Later, the top three finalists in men's and women's divisions were awarded trophies.

The event was opened by Thongchai Wonglieanthong, the Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai province. Other speakers were Dr. Saipin Sukhanta owner and manger Pingkarat School. Judge Pisit Ningnoi from the High Court Bangkok awarded trophies to the winners. Later, in the program students of the Pingkarat school performed dances in honor of Mother's Day.

The runners had the option to compete in two courses: a distance of 5.2 kilometers or a distance of 10.4 kilometers. The details of these two events were overseen by Prof. Dusit of the Chiang Mai Physical Education College and his staff organized and conducted the races. The walk was around the "Swan Lake" pathway. The first two hundred runners crossing over the finish line received medals especially produced for the event. Later, the top three finalists in men's and women's divisions were awarded trophies.

Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to exercise and raise money for the Zonta projects.

The members of Zonta International Chiang Mai Club wish to thank the sponsors who made this event a success especially the management and staff of the Chiang Mai Night Safari. The sponsors included Horeca, Charoen Motors, La Gondola Restaurant, Powerhouse Fitness Center, Green Diamond Spirulina, Rising Sun Sportswear, Anida Day Spa, Siam Spa, Sabu Sabu Herbal Products, Four Seasons Hotel, Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, Baan Nai Fan, The Moxie Restaurant in D2 Hotel, River Ping Restaurant and the Amari Rincome Hotel. Two silver necklaces designed by Linda Galloway brought in additional funds for the AIDs victims.

Food and beverage were provided by Parkers', Mrs. Hope Watcharaprecha, Mrs. Jiamjit Boonsom and the Amora Hotel. Zonta would also like to thank Mr. Peter Thomson and Prof. Ampawan Apisariyakul for the photography.

Since 1997 the members of Zonta International Chiang Mai under the guidance of Charter President Mrs. Somboon Suprasert have been continuously raising funds to carry on successful programs aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged in the community. Most notably is the two time award winning program "Grandma Cares Project". The "School Funds" project enables children to buy uniforms and books to continue their education. The "Thursday Club" is a support group for HIV/Aids to meet to receive skills training and fellowship.


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