2nd motorcycle club rides to relief of stricken family

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A second motorcycle club has come to the aid of a family of five trying to build a new home whilst stricken with severe health problems.

Singh Sam-ang, a 50-person club founded three years ago by Sithipong Wuthisaekkrit, adopted the Sakolyuth family as one of its nationwide “ride for peace” projects, which also includes raising funds to repair roads to rural schools.

The family of elderly parents and three grown daughters all suffer ailments ranging from lung cancer to cystic fibrosis to kidney disease. Impoverished, they were evicted from their home in March, but an unnamed landowner near Nongket Yai came to their aid, offering land to rent at 15,000 baht. The family says they still need 45,000 baht to build a new house.

Sithipong Wuthisaekkrit (2nd left) and club members cheer on the Singh Sam-ang MC’s 3rd Anniversary.Sithipong Wuthisaekkrit (2nd left) and club members cheer on the Singh Sam-ang MC’s 3rd Anniversary.

Despite numerous appeals to the media, handouts have been slow in coming, due partly to one daughter’s decision to borrow money from a loan shark and another’s plan to start a lottery-ticket business. But a few people, and two motorcycle clubs, have donated a few thousand baht.

Singh Sam-ang heard of the family’s plight and organized activities to help raise money.

More than 200 people turned out for a May 12 club anniversary celebration in Pattaya, blessing the riders and seeking advice on motorcycles. The club joined with the local Ace Motorcycle Club to help raise funds for road repairs, something the Singh Sam-ang members know well about the need for.

Bikers read about the Sakolyuth family’s plight in the Pattaya Mail.Bikers read about the Sakolyuth family’s plight in the Pattaya Mail.

Sirhipong said the club continually tours Thailand and has encountered more than a few obstacles, ranging from flat tires to bike breakdowns to problems with finding replacement parts for old bikes. But, in the end, its worth it to bring happiness and harmony to people with their fund-raising efforts, he said.

The event gets underway with a message from our leader.The event gets underway with a message from our leader.

Check out my supped up bike!Check out my supped up bike!

A dance troupe of young boys provides the stage entertainment.A dance troupe of young boys provides the stage entertainment.

Chai yo!  Happy 3rd anniversary.Chai yo!  Happy 3rd anniversary.

The event draws dozens of family and friends.The event draws dozens of family and friends.