Speaker Date Topic
James Hay Jun 18, 2019 8:00 PM
Success to Significance
Success to Significance

President James Hay, RC Blouberg


Born and bred in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Was a full-time high school headmaster.

Part-time lectured in the Education Faculty at the Nelson Mandela University.

Lieutenant-Colonel in the Defence Force Reserve Forces.

President of the South African Principals’ Association in the Eastern Cape.

Held many sporting, educational and community leadership positions.

His school was the 1st school in the Eastern Cape to use Tablets as the preferred method of teaching and learning.

Retired at the end of 2015 and moved to Cape Town in the Western Cape.

Became involved in Rotary at the end of 2016.

Due to his experience in working with the Youth, he became the Youth Director, with a Rotaract Club, 7 Interact Clubs and an EarlyAct Club being part of his Youth Avenue.

Inducted as President of the Blouberg Rotary Club on 15 June 2019 for 2019/2020.

Married to Jenny and has one child, a 28-year old daughter.

His passions are running, going to the gym, reading biographies/autobiographies of leaders, and travelling.

He is a tour leader of Educational school student groups to Europe and has been doing this for the past 21 years.

He has travelled overseas each year for the past 21 years, at least once, but often up to 4 times a year, and loves meeting new people and exploring new cities, countries and cultures.


Heather Askew Jul 02, 2019 7:00 PM
JoJo's sanctuary
JoJo's sanctuary
Heather was born and raised in Washington State and spent nearly a decade working in Los Angeles as a script supervisor on commercials and independent film. She moved to Thailand in 2011 after a short trip with her church introduced her to an after school program in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since then, she has worked in anti-human trafficking work in prevention, intervention and after care before beginning Jojo's Sanctuary with several Thai colleagues in 2016. 
Jojo's Sanctuary works to educate, protect and empower vulnerable children, families and communities in Northern Thailand. We do this by providing workshops in trafficking prevention techniques to students and caregivers, working with the government to expand the foster care system from local to national operation and running a family strengthening program for low income, at risk families in an effort to keep children with their families and make their homes a happy and safe place to grow up. 
Ajarn Pattama Iamsuwan Jul 16, 2019 8:00 PM
Thai Red cross
Sally Myatt Aug 06, 2019 8:00 PM
Bikes in Bamboo

A Short Version of my ‘Project Vision’ of Bikes in Bamboo (BiB)

To Whom it May Concern,


My name is Sally Myatt, I live in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, I am a retired Australian (from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia) who has a vision to make Bamboo Bikes from a local bamboo and export them overseas, this will create a lot of employment for Survivors of Human Trafficking.

My project is about opening a manufacturing plant just outside of Chiang Mai, to mass produce Aluminium high-quality bracket (painted) Bamboo Bike Frames to Australia, USA and UK.  Once the manufacturing plant is off and running, we will be export the bike frames, then make ‘Custom Made’ Bamboo Bike frames with the Hemp Resin joins. Customers will be able to select what type of Bike parts they want on their bike from our new Web Site.

We then will tackle the domestic market in Thailand with a trained Sales Team (creating more jobs) with our mass produced Aluminium Bamboo frame and Bamboo accessories.

It’s taken me nearly 3 years to get this far with my Bikes in Bamboo (BiB) project, we are now into Budgets, researching the raw costs of making these Bamboo frames. 

I’ve called the project    ‘Bikes in Bamboo (BiB) Made in Thailand’

The objectives are to offer training and jobs to survivors of Human Trafficking in the factory, to give them some hope, pride in their work, a good wage, and a future to contribute to society in a positive way and feel safe. 

My vision is to expand opportunities to these young people further by offering vocational training and jobs in admin and management as well as junior supervisors, eventually, as they get more experienced over time. 



Stage 2 and 3 will create a variety of different types of jobs, as we extend operations to include a Shop/Showroom which will display many different styles of Bamboo Bikes eg: Aluminium Bamboo frames, Road Bamboo bike, Mountain & City Bamboo bikes, 3 Wheelers, Disabled and Children’s. We also will produce Bamboo accessories eg: Bamboo straws, Bamboo toothbrushes, Bamboo Bike Helmets, Bamboo Baskets etc. 

Next we will want a Bamboo Bikees Café (offering traineeships and jobs in hospitality) will come next, after the Showroom, for the tourists and customers that view our factory. 

I want the business to become a member of Thai Tourism, to partner with tour operators to visit Bikes in Bamboo (BiB) and go through the Showroom and eat in our Bikees Café.  More jobs for trained tour guides, they will explain the type of bamboo we used to the tourists and schools (by watching a video of how the bamboo is planted, harvested and brought back to the factory). Then show them how a Bamboo Bike is made and assembled in the factory. Tourists would then be guided into the Showroom/Shop and then into the Bikees Café.

My ‘vision’ and research includes involving the employed survivors families in the remote hill-tribes, to offer an opportunity (and training) to establish Bamboo plantations where they live, they then can sell the Bamboo once back to the factory. 

Our goal is to help stop the poverty cycle, which also helps to hopefully stop the sale of children into the sex industry.

The Queens Project at Doi Saket Agriculturists just outside of Chiang Mai advised they would teach the families how to plant this species of bamboo, and provide bamboo plants to start off with.

Many of the young survivors do not have ID from the Thai Government, I hoping to set up small businesses for these young people - with training to make Bamboo Straws, Bamboo Toothbrushes, etc the list is extensive.  They then can sell their products back to my factory so the profits will help not only themselves but their families in the remote hill-tribes.

A prototype of a Custom made Mountain Bamboo Bike has been manufactured, I took this bike to Australia a year ago and just recently I took a Custom made Bamboo City Bike back recently to encourage expressions of interest.  We made the City Bike in Training December 2018.

Tom Jerayu Tiamraj Aug 20, 2019 8:00 PM
Go Forward Together
John Hulme & Brahm Press Sep 03, 2019 8:00 PM
Migrant Workers
Dr Sombat Tapanya Sep 17, 2019 8:00 PM
School Peace Project and Treating Trauma Patients
Maia Mounsher Oct 01, 2019 8:00 PM


A movement dedicated to restoring, rebuilding and empowering the lives of young men who are so often forgotten within the dialogue of abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Our services and support also extends to the working youth who may be suffering drug and/or acute substance use disorders, living on the streets, or those who are at risk of being exploited sexually and for labor. Join the Urban Light community as we generate a conversation that is long overdue.

Janet Kirwin Nov 05, 2019 8:00 PM
Barbershop/ Hair Salon at Asia Hope Orphanage
Barbershop/ Hair Salon at Asia Hope Orphanage