Last Hollowe'en saw us holding a very special fundraising concert in the crypt of St Peter's Church in de Beauvoir, north London. Music plays a large part in the life of everyone at the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, so we used the event to play some videos of the children singing and playing intruments. But we were also very privileged to have two eminent Prague musicians, Libor Nováček (piano) and Petr Nouzovský (cello), play for us. They generously brought us a selection from their latest touring repertoire which included work by Janáček and Martinů.
(photo: Martha McAlpine)
During the interval, Ratana Chanto and Usanee Jangeon from the Mercy Centre in Bangkok served up delicious Thai coconut soup, stir-fried chicken with ginger, vegetarian green curry, Thai-style fried eggs with spring onions and stir-fried vegetables.
The concert was also due to feature a well-known local choir, but other commitments meant they were finally unable to join us. As it turned out, we had enough talent attending the event, so we turned to these generous and talented special friends of Mercy to provide entertainment for the second half:
By any standards they were remarkable, and brought the house down, putting everyone into a generous mood for the final auction of promises.
We raised over GBP 2,000, and went home grateful for and inspired by the great generosity of our supporters, old and new, of the work carried out at the Mercy Centre in Klong Toey.