NCSWT and PepsiCo join in
the Scholarship Presentation and “Seed the Young” Youth Camp
at the National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand
and Seapine Hotel (Suanson 2)
July 11-14 2016
On the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the founding of the National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand under the Royal Patronage (NCSWT) and the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of PepsiCo USA in 2015, NCSWT and Pepsi-Cola (Thai) Trading Co. Ltd., manufacturer and distributor of food and beverages, jointly organized a youth development camp and scholarship presentation. PepsiCo Foundation generously donated USD 50,000 (approximately 1.8 million baht) to support the event.
The NCSWT organized a scholarship presentation to 55 students who have good grades in school but are poor and needy. They are secondary school level, vocational school level, and university level students. Maj. Gen. Khunying Asanee Saovapap, NCSWT President and Mr. Parinya Kitjatanapan, Vice President and General Manager of PepsiCo Indochina, jointly awarded 55 scholarships totaling 860,000 baht on July 11, 2016 at 09:30 am at the NCSWT Auditorium.
From 10:30 – 12:00 noon, Assist. Prof. Dr. Vajiray Buasri, NCSWT Vice President gave an opening orientation titled “Seed the Young” to the youth camp, followed by the second speaker, Mr. Surawat Chompoopong, NCSWT Board Member. The third speaker was, Mr. Charonchai Salyapong, Corporate Affairs Director of Pepsi-Cola (Thai) Trading Co. Ltd., closed the session with each recipient receiving a sport bag to take to the camp.
From 01:00 - 02:30 pm, a dialogue session” building inspiration with stories” by Mr. Kitti Towsombat, NCSWT Outstanding Youth 2005, and Dr. Sa-ard Somkraboun, M.D., former Citi Foundation’s scholarship recipient. Miss Kwannate Sukjai, NCSWT staff of the Office of Academic & International Affairs, a facilitator for the session.
“Seed the Young” Youth Camp
NCSWT has taken all scholarship recipients to attend a development Youth camp during July 11-14, 2016 at the Seapine Hotel (Suanson 2), Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. The staff from Pepsi-Cola (Thai) Trading Co. Ltd., together with former scholarship recipients and United Way of Thailand staff participated in the program and took part in all activities.
Monday July 11 , 2016
From 07:15 pm – 09:00 pm, an ice breaking session, designed to students to feel comfortable communicating with each other led by Mr. Aniruht Phinsuwan, NCSWT staff. The students were divides into 3 groups
Tuesday July 12, 2016
From 09:00 am – 12:00 noon, students were at the Sirindhorn International Environmental Park, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi Province, learning about “energy” from the lecture by Park’s speaker, studying exhibition on “energy”, learning the nature of mangrove forest and small group discussions on “energy applications in your community”. Assist. Prof. Dr. Vajiraya Buasri, NCSWT Vice President and Mr. Charonchai Salyapong, Corporate Affairs Director of Pepsi-Cola (Thai) and its staff participated in the group discussion.
From 02:15 – 05:00 pm., time for outdoor training, Walk Rally, “learn to team building” whereas Pepsi-Cola (Thai) staff engaged in the activities too.
From 06:30 – 09:00 pm., a traditional ritual activity “Bai sri su kwan”. Assist. Prof. Dr. Vajiraya Buasri, NCSWT Vice President, delivered a welcome speech and gave a traditional Thai blessing to all participants.
Wednesday July 13, 2016
From 08:10 – 08:40 am, Assist. Prof. Dr. Vajiraya Buasri and students visited the Rajabhakti Park to pay homage to the 7 former Great Kings of Siam.
From 9:00 am. – 12: 00 noon, activity on “environment study” at Sirinart Rajini Ecosystem Learning Center, Pranburi District, Prajuab Kiri Khan Province. The lecturer briefed the history and invited students to plant a young tree in a glass and a sponge. They walked through Mangrove trail to study the nature after which they broke up into small groups for discussion and presentation.
In this regard, Assist. Prof. Dr. Vajiraya Buasri, representing Pepsi-Cola (Thai) Co. Ltd., presented 300 plastic bottles to the Sirinart Rajini Ecosystem Center.
From 02:15 – 05:00 pm., “sport activity” at the Suanson Pradipat beach.
From 07:00 – 09:00 pm., “evening of show-time” activity, each group came up with a creative show for us.
Thursday July 14, 2016
From 10:00 – 12:00 noon, students visited Thummika-wittaya, school for the blind, in Khao Yoi District, Phetchaburi Province. The students cheerfully took part in activities with blind students and watched them writing in braille as folk tales were shared to them. One of the blind students showed how to take pictures for us in his digital camera. Lunch was served to all participants. Mr. Sawaeng Eiam-ong, Chairperson of Regional Coordinating Committee, Region 4 and Director of the school gave a warm welcome to visitors and students.
From 01:00 – 02:00 pm., “giving back to society” activity, all camp participants and NCSWT staff jointly planting various young trees in the open plot in school.
At 02:00 pm., Mr. Sawaeng Eiam-ong presided over the closing activity of the development camp. The NCSWT donated 10,000 baht to Thammika-wittaya school while the youths donated 3,771 baht in addition. All camp participants returned to Bangkok safely at 04:30pm.
Presentation of NCSWT support funds to Member Organizations
On Thursday, April 28th 2016, the NCSWT President Maj. Gen. Khunying Asanee Saovapap presided over the presentation of 2016 NCSWT fund allocation to 117 member organizations in the central and regional areas for implementation of 117 projects in the total amount of 3,054,725 baht.
Horse Racing Charity at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club
On Sunday, March 27th 2016, the Royal Bangkok Sports Club had arranged a special horse racing charity for NCSWT’s fund raising. NCSWT President Maj. Gen. Khunying Asanee Saovapap presided over the race. The NCSWT Advisor, Gen. Singha Saovapap, Vice Presidents, Assist. Prof. Dr. Vajiraya Buasr, Mr. Suradej Chayakasetrin, Dr. Kachit Shoopanya M.D., Secretary General Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ratana Tungasvadi, Treasurer Mrs. Patchnee Thientawach, NCSWT Board Member Dr. Suleemas Suthisamphat, Executive Director Dhamrak Sawatnati and Senior Staff Sirinart Pengchan were present. Tokens of appreciation were presented to stable owners of the winning horses. The fund of 175,351 baht were donated to NCSWT for charity.
“NCSWT 55th Anniversary Celebration”
Team up toward Social Development
The National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand (NCSWT) marks its 55th anniversary in 2015 since its establishment in 1960. The Board of Directors has organized NCSWT 55th Anniversary events to celebrate this special occasion throughout the whole year.
NCSWT 55th Anniversary events were organized with the theme “Team up toward Social Development”. The first event was held during May 14-15, 2015 at Central Plaza Ladprao, Bangkok. The event included many presentations, such as an introduction of NCSWT’s operations to the public for better understanding and panel discussions for knowledge and information to promote public awareness. This also included booths set-up for fundraising social services such as legal advice service, career counseling, One Stop Service for the disabled and also exhibitions displaying social welfare services implemented by NCSWT.
On May 20, 2015, NCSWT organized an activity with the Free Meals for the Needy Program by providing free lunches for 600 people, offering family counseling services, employment services and also giving out 600 relief packages to the elderly, unemployed people with disabilities and the needy. The event took place at Setthabut-bamphen School, Minburi District, Bangkok.
On July 9, 2015, the celebration of NCSWT 55th anniversary “Together for Social Development” was held at the front area of Mahidol Building at the NCSWT. Members of the Board of Directors were present. They handed out 600 care packages to people who were unemployed and to people in distress. Other services including family counseling services, employment service, healthcare service and free lunches for all were provided.
On July 12, 2015, the NCSWT run and walk charity took place during 4:00 - 8:30 am.at Phutthamonthon, a Buddhist park in Nakhon Pathom Province, west of Bangkok. There were about 2,000 participants in the race.
On July 27, 2015, President Maj. Gen. Khunying Asanee Saovapap presided over the NCSWT 55th Anniversary Golf Charity for fundraising at Krisda City Golf Hill, Nakhon Pathom Province. The winner was awarded Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali’s trophy.
On August 10, 2015, NCSWT held the NCSWT 55th anniversary Telethon Night for fundraising at Royal Thai Army Radio & Television Station, Channel 5.
On August 30, 2015, there was NCSWT 55th anniversary Gala Dinner for fundraising. Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali graciously presided over the Gala Dinner event at Vibhavadi Ballroom, Centara Grand Hotel at Central Plaza Ladprao, Bangkok. The Princess was welcomed on arrival by President Maj. Gen. Khunying Asanee Saovapap and the Hotel representatives.
On October 31, 2015, there was NCSWT 55th anniversary Bowling Charity for fundraising at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl, Bangkok. The winner was also awarded Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali’s trophy.
APAC Day of Action Event
National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand (NCSWT) participated in the APAC Annual Day of Action Event on Sunday June 21, 2015, led by Vice President Dr. Vajiraya Buasri. The activity on the Day of Action involved 55 volunteers; 31 young volunteers from the former Citi Foundation Scholarship recipients, 10 from Citi Bank and 14 from NCSWT.
The team of volunteers assembled at the NCSWT at 7:00 am to board a coach to travel to Mangrove Forest Resource Station # 6 in Ban Laem District, Phetchaburi Province. Phetchaburi is in Central Thailand, located about 123 km, south of Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand. Mangroves are group of trees and shrubs that live in the saline coastal habitats in the tropics and subtropics. They are rich in biodiversity and dense population of flora and fauna.
Vice President Dr. Vajiraya and the team were greeted with warm welcome by Mr. Paiwan Dehtphet, Officer of Mangrove Forest Resource Station # 6. He gave us the step by step instruction how to plant Kongkang trees (Phizophora Apiculata) in Mangrove forest. He prepared 600 young Kongkang trees for our activity. The team enthusiastically marched forward to take part in the Day of Action activity, Live United – Trees for lives, planting 600 young trees in the assigned area of Mangrove.
The team of volunteers for Day of Action has successfully completed the effective activity for environment. Knowing that the 600 planted young trees will grow to be dense root systems of mangrove forest. This helps stabilize the coastline and prevent erosion from waves and storms. Their teamwork effort has made the Day of Action Activity a memorable event for them.