Citylife Garden Fair

 |  October 2, 2017

Citylife is proud to announce that our independent committee of volunteers led by Dr. Joanne Robinson has chosen the following organisations to be the beneficiaries of our upcoming fair. Whatever we raise leading up to the event will be split equally between them all. We will be donating towards specific needs and programmes of each beneficiary.

1. Beam Foundation: A Community Service Internship Programme
Service internships by university students in rural village settings that focus on mentoring youth, environmental protection, community development, health and safety. In return for their help, students receive a scholarship for their studies.

2. The Love Foundation: HIV Awareness/Testing Programme
An online programme developed by the Love Foundation to promote safe sex for students at Chiang Mai universities. The project will also provide free HIV testing for up to 200 students.

3. Hand to Paw: Community Outreach Programme
Working with communities on the importance of dog sterilisations, immunisations and basic healthcare. Programme also assists with the vaccination and sterilisation of homeless street dogs residing in temples.

4. Burma Border Projects: Mae Sot Income Generation Project
The Migrant Learning Center in Mae Sot will secure their future by creating their own small holding to grow their own vegetables and mushrooms — some of which will go to the school, the remainder will be sold to the community to generate income. Monies will also finance a stall to sell the produce.

5. Hug Project: Online Abuse Prevention Project
Prevention programme that conducts workshops directly with at-risk children in neighbourhoods, villages and schools on how to stay safe online to help protect them from internet facilitated abuse.

6. Jen’s House: New Kitchen Project
Jen’s House is a dorm/home in Sanpatong for Karen students from villages around Chiang Mai. Their current ‘kitchen’ has no running water, sink or work surfaces. This project will provide a clean hygienic kitchen for the students to cook, socialise and enjoy communal meals.

7. Project Win Thailand: Project Protein
Project Win is a grassroots partnership reflecting the late King’s teachings on sustainability. This project will provide a remote rural village with a new fish pond and a chicken coop complete with livestock. This is a community led, hands on project which will also provide school children and their families’ education on providing nutrition for themselves and their community.

8. Bengali Humanitarian Relief: Emergency Relief Fund
In response to the plight of an estimated 430,000 civilians, mostly children, who recently moved from Myanmar to refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh and who are in desperate need of humanitarian relief; funds raised will provide essential humanitarian support to new arrivals crossing the Myanmar-Bangladesh border particularly children in this continuing desperate crisis.

All charities have been offered a free stall at our fair, so you get to know them all better on the day.

Citylife Garden Fair Update

There are currently 155 stalls booked for our fair and we have capacity for a further 150. At this point we are lacking food stalls, so get in touch if you want to sell your delicious bites. Stalls include a table and two chairs costing 500 baht each with an option to rent umbrellas and have electricity.
Food & Drinks
Citylife’s editors will be infusing gins from now until the fair, so make sure you come visit Aydan and Pim at the Citylife gin shack! Now that we have given ourselves a plug, we can tell you that there will be a plethora of fancy, fabulous and frankly scrumptious bites as well as drinks from the super healthy to the…did we mention our gin shack?

Chiang Mai University Art Museum has kindly donated one large exhibition room in their museum and we are planning on organising an art exhibition and auction leading up to the day. So far over 20 artists, including Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Nicolas Luna and Kitikong Tilokwattanotai, have pledged to donate pieces of art and all monies raised will go towards our chosen charities.

Sounds & Dance
Here is our great lineup for the day! Thank you Brad Chamberlain and Ann Fink for all your work.
Here’s the full schedule for now:

11:00am Summer and the Dutchman
11:35am International Choir
12:10am Baby Crazy
12:55pm ACeltic
1:40pm Flamenco Dance
2:05pm Pi Ba and Toru
2:40pm Jai Yen
3:35pm Rosy and the Lazy Buns
4:20pm BackStabbers
5:20pm Lords of Rock
6:20pm Dead as Disco
7:20pm The Odd Gods
8:20pm Tuku

Christmas Time!
Dusit D2 hotel is going to be brining Santa and his little helpers! There will also be loads of fun Christmas activities, the Christmas choir, Christmas cookies, cards and decoration and this will be a great opportunity to do your Christmas shopping.

For the first time ever in Citylife Garden Fair history, we think we have this traffic/parking thing down! There will be ample parking on the grounds and across Nimmanhaemin Road at the exhibition centre. You will also be able to access the fair from both the Canal Road and Nimman Road entrances.

Tombola & Auctions
As usual, most of the money raised will come from our tombola (similar to a raffle) which will have hundreds of prizes to win, so make sure you buy as many tickets as possible, as every baht you hand over goes to charity. Then there are the silent and live auctions. We don’t have a final list of donated items yet, as its early days, but there will be the usual fabulous prizes to be bid on.

Here are a few items donated so far (thank you ALL for your generosity!)

1. Villa Mahabhirom 2 nights Villa Artiste, incl. breakfast for 4 persons 97,500 baht
2. Georg Jensen Silver ring with a unique lemon quartz gemstone valued at 40,000 baht
3. 137 Pillars House 2 nights stay Rajah Brooke suit with breakfast for two valued at 37,300 baht
4. Villa Taina Cabarete, Dominican Republic, 5 night stay incl. breakfast for two valued at 23,000 baht
5. Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat one complimentary voucher for two nights’ stay valued at 7,290 baht.

Online Auction
This year resident Adele Theron has kindly donated an online auction site to us! This means that you can send the link to family and friends all over the world to bid on items, helping to spread the reach of our fundraising! The site should be up and running by mid-October, so please visit us often! The online auction closes at 12pm on Saturday 18th November, and the highest bid online carries onto the silent auction on the day.

And if you worry that you will run out of cash, fear not! The Government Savings Bank will be bringing an ATM van to the fair.

Visit us on Facebook at: Citylife Garden Fair 2017 (CMU Art Museum) for all exciting updates.