Instead of the usual General Meeting at Le Méridien, Chiang Mai Expat members, were encouraged to join sponsors and OGAs at the Citylife Garden Fair at JJ Market.
City Life donated proceeds towards The Foundation for Developing and Supporting Children (FDSC) which focuses on educational, social and humanitarian development, and are dedicated to making a difference today, for tomorrow, in the lives of the poor and disadvantaged of Northern Thailand and Skills for Life, a follow up foundation to the longstanding School for Life, which offers vocational training and scholarship as well as support for housing, cost of living and food expenses to the disadvantaged youth in the city.
CEC Sponsor, JJ Market is located just north of the Old City, near the Kam Thieng flower market. JJ Market is located on both sides of Atsadathon Rd. The Garden Fair is on the east side, in JJ Hobby Market. There was parking in both portions of JJ Market.
CEC had a booth for all OGAs to recruit new members. The Landscape Gardening OGA sold plants from their gardens. There were 160 stalls with food, entertainment, handicrafts, Christmas items and auctions & games to raise funds for charity. In addition nearly 400,000 baht of prizes were donated for auctions and drawings, including 16 return tickets from Bangkok Airways, hotel nights, hot air balloon rides, restaurants vouchers and spas, vouchers from hotels such as Dhara Dhevi, Le Meridien, Rachamankha, 137 Pillars House, Central Duang Tawan and more, as well as jewelry and tickets to local tourist attractions such as Jungle Flight and Flight of theGibbon.
It was an enjoyable morning. I won a 300 baht voucher for the Steak of the Day restaurant in Mae Rim, in the tombola draw. We had salmon khoy soi from Le Meridian hotel for lunch followed by a coconut pie.
I forgot to take my camera. Here are some pics by Steve at CityNow!