Jenny Alexander and her partner Somsak Thongrod (Bow) are getting ready for their new venture with ‘Balloon Circus’, a charity that Jenny has founded and created herself. In her words; “We are a non-profit organisation that relies solely on the generosity of our donors and sponsors who make it possible for us to reach out to children in difficult circumstances to give them a fun day.”
The tour will visit orphanages around Thailand for the next eight months, and will include right here in the Southern provinces. It’s a brilliant opportunity to give disadvantaged children a chance to do something new and different; a day of fun and laughter that they will never forget! For some children, this may be the chance to learn new skills as a circus entertainer and be intrigued to carve out a career in an exciting field in the future.
Balloon Circus has already brought joy and happiness to hundreds of children at the Kids Day Out 2009 and Coins on Silom with the Rotary Club of Bangkok South. They also visited Baan Mahamek orphanage in 2012 and Bahn Poomwaet Orphanage in 2013 with the American Women’s Club. This is what inspired Jenny to create the ‘Balloon Circus Tour’. “These days were so wonderful for all involved and it gave me an immense amount of satisfaction to give something back to a country that has often been home to me over the past fifteen years”, Jenny says. “My dream is to take the tour to other countries and if the Thailand leg goes successfully, then the next stop will be Africa or South America. If we raise enough with our sponsors to fund the project, the world is our oyster!”
If a company cannot give any of their charity budget then non-monetary donations will also help massively. British Airways for example, have supplied free luggage allowance to get the equipment from London to Bangkok. The first fundraising night took place on 25th October at The Tea Lounge, Krabi Town. Customers enjoyed fabulous cocktails and delicious raw carrot cake whilst being serenaded by incredible local musicians Sak Can Do, Z Gamz and Pee A (Tai Sawan).
Another fundraiser took place at the British Club in Bangkok on 1st November. The night was organised by The St Georges Society and featured a raffle with many terrific prizes generously donated by sponsors.
If you would like to help with this fantastic cause you can send a donation to: SCB 0572 Krabi Acc. 572-259166-2 and leave a message @ballooncircus on twitter.
You can also follow the journey by liking the Balloon Circus Facebook Page, and checking back with Krabi Magazine next Spring when we visit Jenny and Bow at orphanages here in the South.
By Rosie Pearson
About the author:
Rosie is a creative writer from the UK. You can check out her food blog at rosiepearson.wordpress.com. In her spare time she likes to make delicious raw cakes and ride her bicycle around the beautiful sights of Krabi town.