Sattahip’s Ban Tao Tan anti-drug program received a royal nod of approval when the Moo 8 village received more than 20,000 baht from HM the Queen’s “Mother of the Land Fund.”
The award, made to dozens of villages around the country on HM Queen’s 79th birthday, will be used to grow a program aimed at curbing drug addiction. The neighborhood has already set up a squad of volunteer self-defense patrols who help to patrol the area for illegal drug use and watch out for other crimes.
Organizers of Sattahip’s Ban Tao Tan anti-drug program hold a small parade to thank HM the Queen for supporting their cause.
Village Chief Somjai Sangthong accepted the 21,400 baht donation from Sattahip District Chief Chaichan Iamcharoen and Mayor Narong Boonbunjerdsri at the Wat Thep multi-purpose building Aug. 12.
Narong told Somjai HM the Queen’s royal fund is very special and that the funds must be put to maximum use to benefit the community. He said HM the Queen is keen to fund programs to quell Thailand’s drug problem.