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Buddhist monastery raises fun in Eastbourne

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Latest News, News

Phra Arnont attends the cultural day at HW Shortt Park in Eastbourne.

CELEBRATING THAI: Thai language and culture teacher Phra Arnont at the cultural day.

WAINUIOMATA’S new Wat Dhamma Prateep monastery held a cultural day in the weekend – with some unusual sporting activities.

As well as standard pastimes like tug-of-war and a soccer game between Thai and Eastbourne teams, the games included Thai kick volleyball (Takraw), and a bottle skittle challenge where men and women hit soft drink bottles with eggplants swinging from their belts.

The fundraiser at HW Shortt Park in Eastbourne is for the monks, whose devotion prevents them from receiving wages or salary for their work, says event organiser Shika Braddock.

Members and spouses of the Thai community provided traditional Thai dishes.

“The event is a fundraiser for the monastery which has been invited to accept the food.”

Mrs Braddock says the event is also the first time that Kiwis without direct links to the Thai community have been invited to participate in social activities.

Thai monk Phra Kamsai Arnont, who attended the day’s festivities, is a teacher of Thai language and culture at the monastery.

Officials from the Thai embassy gave prizes for the winning soccer team.

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