Volunteers ship 40-foot container of winter supplies to Thailand

The donation effort, which aims to collect essential winter wear, warm clothing and blankets for remote villagers in Northern Thailand, saw about a hundred youths volunteer.

POSTED: 18 Oct 2015 17:46

Mountains of boxes to be loaded onto the 40 feet container; volunteers taking a break under the hot sun @ Salvation Army premises, Tanglin Road. 

SINGAPORE: Winter supplies were shipped to a remote village in northern Thailand on Sunday (Oct 18), thanks to donors from the Republic and more than a hundred youths.

About 100 Singaporean youths and residents, as well as 20 Thai students studying in Singapore volunteered for the effort called Project Lives, which collects essential supplies to help needy tribal communities brace for the winter season every year. Such supplies include winter wear, warm clothing, blankets and medical supplies.

The village of Phetchabun in Northern Thailand sees temperatures drop up to about 2 degree Celsius in winter, leaving many villagers ill prepared to face the harsh weather.

“The villagers (of Phetchabun) may not have been to Singapore, but they know Singapore very well,” said Mr Eugene Wee, founder and director of Radion International, the agency behind the donation effort.

The supplies, collected within three days, exceeds the 40-foot container that is usually shipped over.

“Every year, they look forward to a 40-foot container of love and care that arrives from Singapore,” said Mr Wee.

“Most of the supplies we collect, we need to replenish them every year, especially when needs are so immense. A 40-ft container is larger than it sounds. However this year, and as always, we completely filled the container and more – thanks to the generosity of Singaporeans.”

Every year, at least 100 volunteers from Singapore make 12 trips to Radion’s field office in Phetchabun or its headquarters in Chiang Mai. Volunteers participate in children’s camps, community education, community medical projects, sanitation projects, elderly care visits, and even the rescue of at-risk children.

“Many of our volunteers have come back a few times” said Mr Wee. “Their dedication and love for a people so far remote from their daily lives in affluent Singapore- this encourages us to go on.”

Link : http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/volunteers-ship-40-foot/2200884.html