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Samui Mala Children's Day

was held at International School of Samui (ISS) on Saturday, October 1st

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All the fun of the fair at Samui Mala's ISS Children's Day

ISSheadmasterSamuiMala Headmaster Jeremy Less thanks volunteer Shelley Poplak for helping to organise the Children's day. The Samui Mala, with help from local volunteers and huge support from the community, helped coordinate a tombola (a kind of lucky dip with diverse prizes), and a silent auction which together with sales of food and drinks raised over B50,000 for the ISS schools scholarship fund. This fund currently supports 8 Samui children who have special academic or sporting abilities to receive an international school education.

iss_Taekwondo demonstrationThe Taekwondo demonstration was really impressive. Performers had practised for a full month just for this show!

From early on Saturday morning October 1st, organizers and sponsors arrived to transform the International School of Samui into a fun fairground with posters, banners, balloons, tents and music.

Rotarians could be seen dragging boxes of books, laying out bargains and displaying electric equipment, volunteers were wrapping prizes, martial artists limbering up, soccer players stretching and conferring over last minute strategies, doves patiently waiting for their release... Everything was gearing up for the 2pm opening.
Samui Mala Children's day at ISS on October 1st was a casual fun-raising day with soccer matches, activities for children, competitions, martial arts demonstrations, music and food.
Held over a few days every year, Samui Mala festival is a series of events held at different venues on the island. The festival celebrates healthy living on Samui – for individuals, and for the health of the island and the planet. This year, a concert for Special Needs children, a Karma Yoga day (service for the community), and a Healing day full of helpful workshops were held during September.
For Children's day, ISS has generously opened its campus to this local festival for the past three years, and its teachers and staff are also active in supporting the event. As usual, the Rotary Club of Koh Samui (ROCKS) big second-hand sale – with funds this year earmarked for local temple schools - was a success and raised amore than B40,000, drawing in loads of bargain hunters arriving well before the official opening time.

dress up Samui MalaThe dress up competition was won by lovely Flor, who took the Samui Mala message to heart, and came in a palm leaf dress decorated with flowers. Here she is pictured with her mom Khun Ti of Zazen (middle).

The event opened with a bird release at 2.00 pm so that the homing doves from “Event Dove” could make it back to Taling Ngam in good time. By this time the football league was well underway, and children were clambering for tickets to the fun games, face painting, lucky dip and tombola with great prizes.
Prizes ranged from cruises to snorkelling trips, accommodation and dinner in some of Samui's top resorts to minigolf tickets, lessons, toys, sweets and puzzles. Adults enjoyed the silent auction, and food and drink and the chance to meet other friends and their children. For many the highlight of the afternoon were the Muay Thai and Taekwondo demonstrations, with high kicks and impressive feats of skill from participants of all ages.

iss_Soccer team_aThe under 9's of ISS - ready to show their stuff....

And as usual, the most popular activity on the day was the friendly football matches between Oonrak School, Wat Phukhao Thong School and Baan Plailaem School and two teams from ISS in the under 9 and under 12 age groups. Wat Phukhao Thong took the trophy, with ISS in second place.

Last year, ISS Senior School science students took the 'water theme' of Samui Mala day seriously, creating a water harvest prototype and a video presentation to document water issues both globally and on Samui. Before handing over the trophy to the footballers, ISS headmaster Jeremy Lees also donated a cheque for B20,000 Baht to Wat Kireewongkaram School. This money was raised by Samui Mala at last year's ISS children's day and was used to sink a well at the temple school in Taling Ngam. The director of Wat Kireewongkaram School, Ajan Prayad Sooksri said “this donation is very helpful to us. I would like to thank Samui Mala and ISS for arranging this.”
Mala donation for Wat KireewongkaramFor more information see
A phototour of the 2010 Kid's activities posted by

Great Support

The Samui Mala is fully supported by the host venues, local hotel and tourist associations, private businesses and individuals.
The organisers and ISS scholarship children would also like to thank the community and all the supporters that donated prizes, cash, time, services and were in any way involved in the Samui Mala Children’s Day:
Anantara Lawana, Anchalee’s Restaurant, Beach Republic, Cafe’Uno (Bangrak) Coco Splash Lamai, DFDL Crawshaws, Drip Drop Drinking Water, Event Doves, Fair House, Foremost, Four Seasons Resort, Heaven (Soi Green Mango), I-Fun Films, Ma-air Muaythai Training Camp, Maissa’s Party, Makro, Mini Golf at Plai Laem, Napasai Koh Samui, Poppies Samui, Rocky’s Boutique Resort, Sambora & Namcha, Samui Cable TV, Samui Catering, Samui Channel, Samui Culinary Circle, Samui Ocean Sports, Samui Pics, Samui Rum Distillery, Samui Rescue, Samui Taekwondo, Seatran Discovery, Sisters on Samui, Skal International Koh Samui, Spirit of Samui, The Spirit House, The Tongsai Bay, World Travel Managers, Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa. Also a big thanks to all volunteers from Samui Mala, SOS, Samui Rescue and individuals and of course the ISS staff parents and teachers who joined to make this a fun family day.s a fun family day.
Thanks to ISS musical director Aubrey Nunn for coercing Bobby Parrs and Dan Gubbins to add their soothing background guitar sounds to the lovely atmosphere on the day.
ISS Thank you most of all to Jeremy and Virginia Lees of the International School of Samui for opening up their grounds to host this event again this year.
The canteen at ISS donated all their profits for the day towards Samui Mala.

Community festival

The Samui Mala has always been supported by the host venues, local hotel and tourist associations, private businesses and individuals. Our aim is to raise awareness of sustainable, healthy living on Samui, create networks of individuals interested in environmental issues and to raise funds to support educational and charitable causes. Everything is a gift! All activities are run by volunteers, all venues, facilities and materials and participation by speakers or performers is donated freely. While some venues and events can provide facilities free of charge, others charge for entry or food and drink to cover basic costs depending on circumstances, or to raise funds for education or future activities.

Green Island

Samui Mala is a green festival so every attempt is made to use as little paper or non-recyclable material as possible. Please join friends and drive together to save fuel. Please consider alternate and mindful ways to use materials and resources that are local, sustainable or regenerative!