E-newsletter - November 2013
Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Well the Ladies of the PIWC have now knocked Guy Fawkes firmly off his bonfire and we have a much more pleasant reason to remember the 5th November!
Those of you who attended the Melbourne Cup event at the Underwood Art Factory this week will know exactly what I mean. I am grateful this month to Denise Bertrand, Shirley Poulos and Maggie Hunt for their first-hand accounts of the Melbourne Cup event and the hat making workshop that preceded it.
As our most important fundraiser of the year, it was vital that this event was well supported in order to keep our Scholarship Programme going for another year. As it happens, it was a sell out and we are truly grateful to all our members, guests, donors and sponsors for their generosity.
And speaking of Scholarships, in the newsletter this month, we reproduce another letter from one of our students. Khun Witsarut is in his fourth year of medical school and is a wonderful example of how your support really does change people’s lives.
Some housekeeping information for you also: Going forward, the newsletter will be published every two months, rather than each month. On alternate months, you will instead receive a summary of the latest calendar of events and dates for your diary. So the next full edition of the Newsletter will be in January.
October Lunch – Cape Panwa Hotel
Our thanks to the wonderful Panwa House Restaurant at the Cape Panwa Hotel. We had a good turnout with 45 ladies attending.
Hat Making Workshop – 24th October
This year the hat making workshop, in preparation for 2013 Melbourne Cup extravaganza, was held at the Underwood Art Factory. A lively group of girls got together with their hats and ideas, colours and accessories; and, under the expert eye of Shirley Poulos, were taking their new creations to show off at the Melbourne Cup, ‘the race that stops a Nation.'
It was such a delight when I was asked again to run the Hat Making Workshop for this year’s Melbourne Cup. Last year was so much fun. Although the numbers were not big, a great morning was had by all. I loved sharing my experiences and ideas to create that something special for the ladies who needed help. By the end of the morning tables were covered with feathers, flowers, fabrics and hats/fascinators. After lots of fussing and giggles the Hats and Fascinators were dressed and waiting for Melbourne Cup!
"Whenever you wear your hat, your day will be special." (Margo Nickel, www.margonickel.com).
Ed: Phuket Gazette kindly videotaped the workshop. Take a look at it on our Facebook page:
Paddock Party Sunday 3rd November
We are hugely indebted to Suzanne and Stale Rod for hosting this year’s pre-Melbourne Cup ‘Paddock Party’ at their beautiful home in Kamala. Suzanne and Stale are great supporters of the Scholarship Programme and we are very appreciative of their involvement. A great night was had by all, with wonderful food and drink, followed by the exciting draw for the horses, with the beautiful Kamala Bay as a backdrop. Stunning.
Melbourne Cup – 5th November
Did we have fun ladies? It was a great Charity party that started in the morning, slipped into the afternoon and, for some, lasted to the early eve.
John Underwood and his
The actual race, which lasted less than 4 minutes, brought us all together early at 11:00 a.m. Names of horses were yelled out, loud whistling, clapping and arms gesturing to ‘Go, Go, Go!’ 1st prize went to Peter Jenson; 2nd prize winner was Paul Moorhouse and 3rd prize winner was John Hawryluk. Congratulations to all.
Our race and raffle tickets sold out! We also had many people bidding on the silent auctions.
Of course an event like this could not have been successful withoutentertainment! JohnUnderwood’sdaughter arranged for a surprise dance by a man who practices the art of the ‘Whirling Dervish’. He wore a most colourful costume that came alive as it constantly spun in circles and even had lights woven into the fabric.
After our delicious
lunch and creatively designed deserts, courtesy of Peter Webber from Les Diables, we were ready for Fashion in the Field! Ten men and women
were selected by
the ‘silent fashion
judges’ to strut
their stuff. The
crowd loved it, as
did those who gotto show off down the cat walk.
The entertainment continued with a fabulous set by PJ Stanley and her band. She rocked the house and got people up and dancing. After her set was complete, dancing continued with music from the house DJ.
A big THANK YOU as well goes out to the organising committee. The PIWC ladies who helped make it a success were: Sue Arnulphy, Carole Dux, Athena Cant, Lynn Carthew and Debbie Bilston-John. Oh yes – with a little help from Denise Bertrand as our MC for the day.
Surely an event that will be remembered for years to come!
Lunch @ the Vocational College – 21st November
ThismonthwehaveourannuallunchattheVocationalCollegeinPhuketTown. Thisiscompletely different to our usual lunches as we are treated by the students themselves who get the chance to showcase their talents at cooking and handicrafts. This is a perfect opportunity for our members to interact with the students and see first-hand how your support is helping the children.
Red Passion Beach Charity Party – Zazada Beach Club, Surin 23rd November
This party is being hosted by one of our sponsors, SKAL Phuket. The PIWC Scholarship Programme will be one of four chosen Phuket charities to benefit from this event. SKAL has been very generous to us in the past and we hope will continue to be so. We encourage our members to come along and enjoy what promises to be a great evening. Tickets cost 2,500 baht per person which includes dinner, a cocktail and free flow beer & wine. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Zazada Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/ZAZADABEACHCLUB
Christmas Lunch – 12th December
This year we are back again at the ever-popular Twin Palms. Our ‘regulars’ will know that this is always a wonderful spread and a perfect introduction to the festive season. The cost this year is 1,000 baht for members, 1,200 for guests and early booking is advised. The venue has increased their prices this year so we must unfortunately pass this on to ensure we continue to make a small profit for the Scholarship Programme. We have maintained a lower price for members, as we believe it is important to recognise the ongoing support we receive from all of you.