Chiang Mai Charity Calendar
and help poor or homeless rural children in Northern Thailand.
The 2009 Calendar theme is "Delightful Lanna" comprising
the eight northern (and some rarely-visited) provinces of:
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang,
Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao & Phrae
"Combining the goodwill of the travel industry -
- Those who arrange travel; those who enjoy travelling, and those who benefit from travellers"
The Chiang Mai Charity Calendar is now in its second year; it is independent, self-financed by the organisers, has no sponsors and carries no advertising (for the first 2008 calendar history please click here) Artworks are provided free by City Life Magazine, and it is printed at cost price by Chotana Print Company. It sells for Baht 100.- per calendar (approx US$3 or Euros 2) including a custom-made envelope for easy postage. The entire proceeds of sales are donated to charities for children, and no profit is taken by any party. As far as we know, it is the only one of its kind in the world. The 2009 edition carries colourful images of "Lanna" chosen by judges from 100 paintings voluntarily submitted by school students in Chiang Mai and Lampang, who embrace the ideal of 'Children helping Children' A list of the participating schools and educational institutions (without whom there would be no calendar) is listed here.
The organisers share a desire to help disadvantaged children in the north of Thailand through the goodwill of the travel industry, from those who arrange travel, those who enjoy travelling, and from the many companies and local businesses that benefit directly from visitor arrivals. Using descriptive text and photography plus the paintings, the calendar highlights aspects which add to the pleasure of visiting Northern Thailand - Delightful Lanna - thereby encouraging more tourists to come, and to stay longer. The more calendars that find their way into homes and offices in countries all over the world, creating year-round awareness of the destination in an unusual and charming way, the greater the effect will be on visitor arrivals, and the more funds generated for local children in need. The 2008 calendar raised 604,000 Baht (approx US$19,000) which was donated to an orphanage. Hotels, travel agencies, local companies, restaurants, hospitals, clubs and associations may have the calendar personalised with message, logo, group photograph, etc., either with a built-in custom-made front cover, or on both sides with an extended 1-inch calendar base which remains visible whichever page of the calendar is open.
By offering the calendar to their customers, companies join a valuable promotion for Thailand, and contribute directly to the welfare of disadvantaged rural children - who receive very few, or no benefits from tourism at all. Please click here for details of custom-made calendars. For tourists or residents, the calendar makes an ideal an unusual gift for relatives & friends - and a change from greetings cards, which are usually thrown away when the season is over.