Riverman and Greenlit are proud to announce a SPECIAL CHARITY SCREENING of the documentary 'The GoOdFather' about Father Joe Maier and The Mercy Centre, the school and orphanage he started in Bangkok. Filmed by David McLean/Alex Weston, The GoOdfather tells the uplifting story of how Father Joe wanted to give all kids an education, regardless of religion, and what happened on the way.
Sent by the Catholic church to Thailand in 1972 Father Joe Maier found that his new parishioners lived and worked in the slaughterhouse of Klong Toey, Bangkok’s largest slum community. Slaughter House kids did not go to school, and the few who did failed dismally and dropped out.
So Father Joe founded a school with Sister Maria. No child was turned away regardless of their religion. Alumni of the first Slaughter House kindergarten are teachers, business owners, executive secretaries, nurses, street vendors, taxi drivers - diverse occupations. Dead-end, throw-away slaughter house kids no longer.
But the problems keep coming to Klong Toey. Father Joe and his team have helped the children and wider community with the terrible and ongoing issues of drugs, human trafficking, prostitution, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and now the hunger caused by the effect of Covid on Bangkok's poor.
Our aim with this special screening of the GoOdfather through Greenlit is to raise money for the children of the Mercy Centre and help them in the wider community in Klong Toey. Before the first screening on July 11th there will be heart warming welcome messages from both Father Joe and Dave McLean. Father Joe invites everyone to come and help out at the Mercy Centre but for those of us unable to travel to Bangkok, even when allowed, we can help through our donations. Scroll down on the right to see the range of options, from £10 for a ticket for July 11th, £35 to feed 100 children all their meals for one day and £500 that will pay for all school costs for one child for 1 year. THANK YOU!
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All the proceeds for the first 3 months will be donated to The GoOdfather fundraiser for The Mercy Centre.