The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai recently hosted a gala charity dinner and dance with the theme ‘Burma in the Spotlight’. The evening was in support of The Best Friend Burmese Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people from Burma, including compassionate care projects for migrants and refugees facing extreme difficulty, such as heroic Chaa Nay Choo, the 14-year old boy from Burma’s Karenni State who was seriously burned whilst attempting to save others in the tragic Mae Surin Refugee Camp fire on 22 March 2013.
Over 300 guests attended the colourful event, which featured a special buffet featuring Burmese dishes, entertainers from Burma, an exhibition of Burmese handicrafts, and a keynote speech by Tin Tin Nyo, General Secretary of the Women’s League of Burma. (Image attached)
Music was provided by Dang Fantastic and his band, with Geoff Allen as guest drummer, and a surprise appearance by the renowned singer and musician Vichai Punyayun, the “Pink Panther” from the famous band “The Impossibles”.
Three students from Shan State who receive free English instruction at The Best Friend Library successfully overcame stage fright, and made first-time-ever English-language speeches in front of several hundred people, rightfully earning loud applause for their efforts.
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