Mercy Centre's Night of Music

We're still reeling from the concert we held in Southwark on 6 July. The final line up of talent was:

Uma Bunnag - singer/composer
Lyds - performance poet
Tosin - singer/composer
Abdul - singer/tambura player
Kathryn O'Reilly - poet
Lucy Lu - led by Luke Bower on guitar and vocals
Makers - led by Michael Fox on keyboards and vocals
and Alice Zawadzki - singer/violinist/composer, with ace guitarist Rob Luft

It was hot in London that night, but no one complained because we were all distracted by the highest quality music and performance. Packed into the intimate Platform space was a cheery crowd of artistes, music-lovers and Mercy Centre friends. Usanee and Ratana, who were visiting the UK from Mercy Centre Bangkok, spoke of their work and also supervised the preparation of an authentic Thai green curry.

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Helen Fanyinka from the Doris Field Charitable Trust presents a cheque to MCUK trustee Ellie, and MCUK treasurer Bill.

Fine entertainment apart, the high spot of the night was the appearance of a large cheque (£2,500) from the Doris Field Charitable Trust who had chosen Mercy Centre UK as one of its beneficiaries for 2017.

Everyone who took part made it an extraordinary evening, and everyone who watched agreed we must do it again. Thank you to everyone for a memorable and generous night.

Mercy Centre World of Music

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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.

30 Families Lose Their Homes to Khlong Toey Fire

Firefighters at the scene of the fire in the capital's Khlong Toey district (Picture: Khaosod English)

That's the the sad headline in a news item on the Khaosod (Express News) website following a fire that's devastated the area around Mercy Centre in Bangkok.

The article goes on:

At least 30 families in an impoverished quarter of Bangkok have been
living in tents after their homes were destroyed in a blaze.

Police say the fire ravaged a 286-household slum next to Wat Saphan Canal
in the capital’s Khlong Toey district at about 9:30pm on Friday 28
January. The cause and source of the fire are still under investigation.

Firefighters spent about an hour before the fire was brought under control.

According to the Manager Online news service, local volunteers responded
to the fire shortly after it started, but could not contain the flames
because two fire extinguishers provided to the community did not work.

"No one died in the incident", said Acharawadee Chaisuriwat, Khlong Toey
district chief.

Father Joe Maier describes what has happened, and how they are dealing with the fire, here:

You can help with Mercy Centre Bangkok’s efforts to bring back some normality to the lives of the Klong Toey families by clicking here or on our “Donate Today” link at the top of this page.

Fathers and Daughters

Hemingford Function Room
The Hemingford Arms, Barnsbury, London N1 1DF

Our Fathers and Daughters evening at the splendid Hemingford Arms in north London was a big success.

All the tickets were sold, the play and the meal were well received, as were the baskets of fresh Thai ingredients people won in the raffle. One or two said afterwards they were puzzled by the unfamiliar items (kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, galingal, longan), but did say they were looking forward to finding out how to use them.

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