Sunday, September 19, 2010
Illness is no barrier to helping others
By Marco Gorin - Together with the late Nick James I had the honour of meeting with Ms Suthasinee last year in Yasothon (Thailand) while visiting the foundation headquarters where she and the kids under her care reside.
Ms Suthasinee is very simple in her demeanour and soft spoken yet extremely focused and determined in her work for the kids. What not many people realize when reading about her relentless commitment to the kids at the foundation or seeing her in action is that she suffers from cancer and that her illness is at an advance stage and with no chance of reversal.
Recently my good friend and hiking partner Steve Skilbeck brought to my attention an article which appeared in the Bangkok Post some two years back but which, fortunately, still remains extremely relevant in its contents and its assessment of the work and nature of Ms. Suthasinee whom is also affectionately known by the kids and her supporters as Mae Tew.
To follow is the entire article which we hope will serve as an inspiration to many in both the way in which we should aspire to live our lives by never giving up and also in deciding to make a donation through Charity Trek 2010 in support of this great cause.
Making a donation is really easy as it can be done on-line by credit card in the comfort of your home or office or by arranging for a wire transfer into the dedicated charity account (details available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org :
As appeared in the Bangkok Post / Spectrum Section on 21/12/2008
Article Written By: Bamrung Amnatcharoenrit
Whether at home or in the cinema, most of us have seen the three-minute Thai Life Insurance commercial featuring a woman who takes children off the street and cares for them at her own expense. In the commercial, we see her playing with the children, running into the sea with them in one scene and cradling a guitar and singing them happy songs in the next. We also see her, head shaven, on a hospital bed. Many may not realise that this commercial is based on the life of a real person and her struggle.