On Saturday 28 May, the Dreams We Believe In group brought 65 children and 5 house mothers from Baan Gerda to Safari World for a full day, fun-filled event.
Both students and staff from the NIST community joined the trip in order to connect and create new friendships with the kids from Baan Gerda.
The trip was made possible due to the funds raised through the Dodgeball Tournament in March. A big thank you again to the 100+ students and 20+ teachers who registered for the DWBI Dodgeball Tournament. It is because of you that the kids got to enjoy their first ever visit (for most of them) to Safari World.
The NIST drivers, Khun Arom and Khun Vee left Bangkok late afternoon on Friday, and spent the night at Baan Gerda in Lopburi, so that they could leave at 5.30 am on Saturday.
They reached Safari World at around 10 am. The DWBI students first made sure each kid had a snacks/drinks/water pack. Then they went back on the buses to go on a 45-minute Open-Zoo Safari Tour where they could get a close up view of all kinds of free roaming animals such as rhinos, giraffes, tigers, zebras, bears, etc. They then enjoyed a delicious lunch buffet. The afternoon was spent seeing various animal and stunt shows. In the end, everyone had an amazing time, and we feel that we have established an even stronger friendship with the kids from Baan Gerda since this is our second year organizing events with them. Khun Geng and Khun Arom brought the kids back home at around 5 pm, and they reached Baan Gerda safe and sound at around 10 pm. It was certainly a long day for them, but judging from their smiling faces at departure, they truly had an amazing time.
Thank you again to every NIST student and staff who in one way or another supported the DWBI Special Trip.
A big thank you to the DWBI coordinators and volunteers: Marisa, Sherienne, Mill, Thanin, Pie, Jemini, PT, Theda, Jessie; a special thank you to Marisa who took the lead on this event and who coordinated with both Baan Gerda and Safari World. A big thank you to Orm and her mom Khun Bovornrudee for cooking dinner for all the kids and house mothers; thank you to Jesse for taking on the role as photographer, thanks to Khun Nan (Government Liaison Office) for supporting the DWBI coordinators as they planned this event; thank you to our NIST Nurse Khun Nan for joining the trip and making sure the kids health was checked up on; thanks to Khun Arom and Khun Vee for spending a day and a half making sure the kids got safely to Safari World and back home again; and thank you to Ms Kathleen and Khun Thongkorn for joining the trip and supporting the students and the kids.