Burma Relief - Fundraiser Invitation - April 2010
On Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, Burma Relief and Network 355 held a fundraiser at the famed Friar’s Club to benefit the Burmese children refugees at Mae Tao Clinic in Thailand (www.maetaoclinic.org). The event exposed New Yorkers to Burmese culture, while raising funds to support the renowned clinic.
Approximately 2,500 Burmese children currently live on the premises of Mae Tao Clinic, many of whom are orphans and former child soldiers. Established in 1989, the Mae Tao Clinic provides free health care for refugees, who cross the border from Burma to Thailand, escaping armed conflict and rampant human rights violations in their homeland. The clinic is led by Dr. Cynthia Maung who has received many honors for her humanitarian work including recognition as an “Asian Hero” by TIME magazine in 2003, and a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, just to name a few.
The fundraiser drew attention to this important cause and raised $20,000 to provide rice and curry, and school and medical supplies for the orphaned Burmese children who have made it to safety in Thailand. It succeeded in supporting two charitable interests -- the Mae Tao clinic and Heroes Serving Humanity -- groups having a real impact on the lives of Burmese children, both these refugees and the IDPs hiding in the Burmese jungle. For example, the $5000 donated to the clinic provides malaria testing and treatment for 869 children, or school supplies for 1,250 kids for an entire year. A complete sell-out, the event went far beyond expectations in raising money and signaling the start of the Burma Relief and Network 355.
Shin Aw Ba Tha "Novice Monk", Jeremy Taylor, Dr. Cynthia Maung