Rotarians pray for Thailand

Thai Rotarian Dr Supattra Jittasathien prepares to light a candle and pray for peace in Thailand with Archdeacon Peter MacLeod-Miller as Thanita Sungboonyanithi, Supaporn Jansiriyotin and Nanthana Mangmi look on. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Thai Rotarian Dr Supattra Jittasathien prepares to light a candle and pray for peace in Thailand with Archdeacon Peter MacLeod-Miller as Thanita Sungboonyanithi, Supaporn Jansiriyotin and Nanthana Mangmi look on. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

ROTARIANS from Thailand found a safe haven in Albury yesterday as they lit a candle and prayed for peace in their home country.

St Matthew’s Anglican Church hosted 10 people from Rotary Clubs in northern Thailand who visited the Border to sample Australian culture and take back lessons learnt.

“There are not police on every street corner,” group leader Noi Benjaluck said.

“You don’t have fences around your houses — Albury is a safe place.”

The prayers come after Thailand’s military declared martial law on Tuesday.

Mrs Benjaluck said she found Australians generous and said cultural links were important so countries could help each other.

The trip is part of the Rotary Friendship Program and is the group’s first visit since the Albury North club gave northern Thailand a water pump and filtration system for hill tribe villages.

The group has also seen Beechworth and Bright.

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