One boy proudly show off his cookie designs
It might not have been the Great British Bake Off but children at the Father Ray Foundation in Pattaya, Thailand, certainly took on cake-making with gusto for a cookie decorating competition this week.
With a plate full of cookies and bags of icing the children set to work. Some put their cookies on top of each other to create cookie towers; some made faces on their biscuits while others simply ate their creations before the judges had a chance to see them.
However, with cash prizes available for the top three cookies many children knuckled down to make the best cookies possible. One boy created a cookie tower so high it toppled over before the judge had a chance to see it, but won second place as a consolation prize. A young boy living at the Father Ray Drop-In Centre was the winner – much to his surprise!
The Fr Ray Foundation children's home and the Drop in centre for street children are just two of the projects founded by Redemptorist priest Fr Ray Brennan who died in more than 12 years ago.
His legacy in Thailand also includes a centre for young people with disabilities (one of whom won a gold medal at this year's Paralympics); schools for deaf children and blind children; centres for children with HIV/Aids, and projects working with Burmese refugee children. In the UK the work is funded by the Thai Children's Trust, whose patron is Archbishop Vincent Nichols.
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