After leaving Asian University almost in the middle of the night, students and staff were quite groggy when meeting with TV3’s host Siripoon Nattapan and her team at 6 a.m. in Bangkok to prepare for helping the flood victims on Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus, and with Kong Roi Num Wan, a group of women police officers, who organized the transport.
“I was like very lifeless until I arrived at Thammasat Rangsit and saw all the refugees who suffered from flood. I felt vigorous and wanted to help those people,” said Asama Kittimanont, a second year Multimedia Design student. “Each volunteer had different duties. I was responsible for taking care of kids. My main work was telling them stories.”
Cooking Thai food for the masses can be quite dangerous.
“We started with dividing into 4 groups: taking care of the children, helping to carry things, giving out the medicines, and giving Thai massages. We spent our time with those people and helped them; it was very nice to see Thai people helping each other. We did everything that we could do. We saw the value of life on this day and were very proud to be Thai,” reported Chakrit Jedsadavisuit , president of the First Year Students at Asian U.
San Wannasri, the president of Asian U’s Student Union, summarized the experience of all students and staff when he said, “I have understood the real feeling of those flooded victims, I have realized how much they suffered. I agree that my friends and I were really tired at the end of the day but, again, thinking of those people, they are having a much harder time than us. For me, I have learnt to be a giver.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the president of Asian University, Dr. Viphandh Roengpithya as well as the staff here for supporting us. Last but not least, a real big thanks to the Thai people that are always there for each other, no matter how severe the situation is,” San Wannasri added.
Asama Kittimanont agreed, “I have obviously seen the spirits of Thai people who are always stay beside each other.”
Groggy at the end of a long day – but happy and proud to be Thais.
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A TV interview with the president of the Student Union in the center of help.
Asian U students ready to work at the Thammasat Rangsit Stadium.