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Event to boost volunteer spirit

The Khon Thai Foundation is joining forces with the Thai Health Foundation and other groups to organise the second "Khon Thai Khor Meu Noi" project at Bangkok's CentralWorld shopping mall on March 1 and 2. The project aims to boost active citizenship.

Next year's event, which is expected to attract as many as 100,000 participants, will showcase the work of 100 social volunteer groups and also include discussions on related topics.

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Vichien Pongsathorn, chairman of the Khon Thai Foundation, said the first event last year earned good feedback and helped 128 volunteer organisations link up. He also noted that society needed all sides to help promote public participation in solving complicated social issues.

"I think there is a growing trend of active citizenship in Thai society as evidenced by people uniting to express their stance on certain public issues through social media. It would also be great to link them up in an offline world so it leads to real-time collaborations that have good strategy and direction to help make society better," he said.

Krissada Raungarreerat, manager of the Thai Health Foundation, also expressed hope the event would unite the public, business and people's sectors to become a force for the country's development, allowing more space for those wishing to do volunteer work, thus propelling an active citizen-support mechanism. It would also allow people with the volunteer spirit to connect and exchange ideas.

Volunteer Penjuree Weeranabutr said she was proud to be part of this event and part of a social responsibility movement. She said she wanted to see more equality in society, a less of a social gap and more people becoming volunteers.

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