Navy scouts make donations to marines, school children

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The Navy Scouts Club donated “lucky” vests to marines headed to Thailand’s strife-torn South and gave cash and sports equipment to school children throughout Thailand.

Rear Adm. Samak Noophairoj, scouts club president, and 80 club members presented vests covered in good luck symbols to Marine Corps Training Center commander, Vice Adm. Phongsak Phuririj and Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Trikhwan Krairuk Sept. 5 at the Prince Chumphon Camp in Sattahip. The vests, blessed by monks from Jadeehoi Temple in Pathum Thani, are believed to protect wearers from harm.

Rear Adm. Samak Noophairoj, scouts club president, presents vests covered in good luck symbols to Marine Corps Training Center commander, Vice Adm. Phongsak Phuririj. Rear Adm. Samak Noophairoj, scouts club president, presents vests covered in good luck symbols to Marine Corps Training Center commander, Vice Adm. Phongsak Phuririj.

The scouts also handed over 70 sets of sports equipment to be donated by the marines to 70 schools in the three southern provinces ravaged by a Muslim insurgency since 2004.

Earlier in the day, the Navy Scouts Club and members donated 180,000 baht toward construction of the Samunthonnavee Pavilion at Sattahip School to mark the 100th anniversary of Thai scouting.

Members also traveled to Koh Khram in Sattahip Bay where they enjoyed a visit to an underwater marine park, the beach, and helped plant coral.