Friday, February 4, 2011

Berkeley Memorial Service for Soraya - Feb 13

Ted and Amina Vorster are organizing a memorial service for their daughter, Soraya Vorster Pandola, who passed away in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 11, 2011. The service will be held on Sunday, February 13 at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley, California beginning at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

Memorial Fund:
Should you wish to make a contribution in Soraya's memory, a memorial fund is being created to provide educational opportunities for hill tribe children in northern Thailand, an important cause to Soraya in an area where she lived and worked over the past six years. Please make checks payable to Anna Vorster, designated to the Soraya Vorster Pandola Memorial Fund.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The following pictures are a collection of all the photos we took during Soraya's 4 day ceremony and the few following days.  They were taken by Tony and Steve Pandola, Nik Crain, Emily Zelman, Linda Cassell and me.  Some of them are repeats from earlier posts.

As I look back at them I am still overwhelmed by the generosity of Ghing, Boom, Vit, Nu, Piak, Oye, and Yunn and many others, who all welcomed us into their country, their homes and opened their hearts to us.  They fed, housed, drove and organized many of us for many days and did it so graciously that it is hard for me to believe.  They took care of all of us while carefully constructing a ceremony that was the ultimate send-off for Soraya. We are all so grateful for their care and hospitality.  We owe them big time.    

Tony and I went back to Soraya's sala yesterday.  It was great to have such a lovely place to go and visit her.  Hopefully some of you can make it there someday.