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Arts & Entertainment - October 12, 2012

'Dance fest' to raise money for orphans displaced from Burma

Speakers, exhibitions, dance classes will help School of Hope in Thailand

by Glenn Wohltmann

A Pleasanton teen is offering something for the mind, body and spirit for those who come out to her Girl Scout Gold Star fundraiser this weekend.

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Posted by kt
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Although this is very nice, I can't help but wonder why the PW doesn't highlight more students who organize events for more local needs; there are many hungry and homeless people suffering in our own valley. I understand that this event must look very good on a college resume, but wouldn't it be nice if we also celebrated all the ongoing local charity events that happen throughout the year? Local churches and organizations who have teens visit San Francisco homeless on an ongoing basis, kids who volunteer at Open Heart Kitchen, etc. Sorry to be cynical, but not all teens have families who arrange for them to travel half way across the world to do community service.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I think it's equally important when young folks explore various ways to do good deeds in the world.


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Posted by me
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I think it important to help globally and locally. No, we all can't afford to send our children halfway across the world to do community service.

I think it is awesome that Taylor had the opportunity to see a VERY different and poor part of the world and come back and try to make a difference by EDUCATING and RAISING AWARENESS through this fundraiser.
Otherwise, children in Pleasanton would all think that 'poor' means not being able to afford an iphone 5. Otherwise, I don't think we could comprehend the reality of this, which as far as I know, doesn't exist in California.

About 60 orphans, ranging in age from 5 to 17, live at the School of Hope. They're among the thousands of Shan and other minorities who fled Burma because of civil war, forced labor and poverty.

The children, abandoned or left orphaned by the death of their parents -- often through working dangerous, underpaid jobs -- are at risk of being exploited themselves, in Thailand's notorious sex industry or through human trafficking

WAY TO GO TAYLOR!! I hope that Taylor always has a kind and generous spirit and never becomes as cynical as the above poster, 'kt' who assumes that everyone does things to 'look good' as on 'college applications'. How does 'kt' know Taylor's intentions? I don't know them either, but I would Taylor was moved by what she saw and wanted to do something.

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Posted by Mittens
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Me, you totally missed the point that kt was making, in your self righteous rebuttal. We need to take care of our own before we should use resources for people half a world away. To help simplify the scenario for you, think of the analogy of the instructions you get you fly a commercial plane to your resort in the Caribbean: when the air masks deploy from the planes ceiling, put your air mask on first before taking care of your children and others in your row. Hope that helps you elitist bleeding hearts understand that charity begins at home.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

I went to Taylor's event and she was trying to make other youth aware of being socially responsible and how they could give back. She had speakers that talked about giving back and getting involved at both a local and global level. She even had a workshop that helped kids learn how to be leaders in their schools. Local non-profit organizations were also there which gave the kids a chance to actually talk to someone about getting involved. Of course you don't need to travel the world to make a difference, but Taylor had a unique connection with her Uncle living in that region so I understand why she seized the chance to go there. I think any time you have a chance to open your heart and give to others you should do it. Go Taylor!