Bangkok – The government has organized a volunteer project to improve the landscape along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, as the Royal Barge Procession will take place there on October 24 this year. The project is also being held so that people can express their loyalty and gratitude to His Majesty King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great (Rama IX).
Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, together with his wife, Naraporn Chan-o-cha, presided over the launch of the volunteer project to improve the landscape along stretches of the Chao Phraya River in preparation for the Royal Barge Procession this month. The project was organized to commemorate the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on October 13 and the passing of His Majesty King Chulalongkorn on October 23.
The event took place at Santichaiprakarn Park and was attended by the President of the Supreme Court, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, the President of Independent Organizations Under the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand, cabinet ministers and their spouses, commanders of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, civil servants, community leaders and volunteers.
The Prime Minister said the activity is a response to His Majesty the King’s wish to see people working together to ensure the orderliness of the country. It was also held for people from all walks of life to show their love and unity and to express their loyalty and gratitude to the royal institution.
The government is inviting people to wear yellow shirts and attend an audience with Their Majesties the King and Queen, who will travel down the Chao Phraya River, which runs through Bangkok and Thonburi, in the Royal Barge Procession on October 24, 2019.
The Prime Minister and officials participated in the volunteer project by beautifying the landscape and planting grass at Santichai Prakan Park, where Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will observe the procession.
The Prime Minister also took a boat ride to inspect the procession route, starting from Phra Arthit Pier. He then thanked all volunteers and everyone who took part in this activity.
Meanwhile, a total of 2,290 Altruistic Heart 904 volunteers and public volunteers helped clean up riverside areas along the procession route. The volunteers trimmed trees and shrubs, collected garbage and repainted benches from Santichaiprakarn Park to Somdet Phra Pinklao Bridge, covering a distance of 600 meters.
One of the volunteers, Jettana Kijkerdsaeng, said she joined the activity because she wanted to play a small part in an activity that contributes to Thai society. Ms. Jettana said she was proud to be part of the event.
Another volunteer, Tanad Manaphanniyom, said he was glad to have the opportunity to help clean up areas along the procession route. He added that the volunteer project gave people an opportunity to contribute to Thai society.