Wooden flowers for the late monarch

lifestyle May 19, 2017 12:30

By The Nation

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There are many ways to pay respect to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej but surely one of the most rewarding is to create wood flowers that will be used in the royal cremation later this year.

Now you can volunteer your time and your talent to this worthy project at all branches of The Mall Department Store, The Emporium, The EmQuartier, Paragon Department Store, and Bluport Hua Hin.

The Mall Group, together with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, recently launched the project at The Mall Bang Kapi with Pranee Sattayaprakob, Deputy City Clerk, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Grisana Umpujh, Vice Chairman, The Mall Group, artists, celebrities and many more individuals from various industries creating wood flowers modelled on the Wiangping rose.

 “BMA was assigned by the Royal Cremation Organisation Committee to prepare three million wood flowers in booths across Bangkok for public mourners to pay their respects to His Majesty the late King,” Pranee explained. 

“The first round of the wood flower project was held from April 24 to 28 at the Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Centre’s Kilawet 1 Building. BMA is collaborating with The Mall Group, who wishes to contribute one million wooden flowers.”

 “In loving memory of His Majesty the late King, the Mall Group’s management team and employees are committed to contributing 1 million wooden flowers to the BMA project, Grisana added.

“We have prepared materials to create wood flowers and rallied volunteers to join us at every branch of The Mall, The Emporium, The EmQuartier, Paragon Department Store and Bluport Hua Hin until July 31. We have also invited employees and business partners to join the project.”

“The one million wood flowers from The Mall Group are modelled after Wiangping rose, as it signifies the greatest love of all, unconditional love and love that does not expect anything in return. Once, a long time ago, a Thai shouted ‘Don’t leave us’ to HM King Rama IX. His Majesty responded, ‘How can I leave you when you never leave me?’ Thus, Wiangping rose signifies the love and concern HM King Rama IX had for his subjects across the country, which is evidenced by the more than 4,000 projects His Majesty developed to ensure Thai people have a better quality of life. These efforts will never be forgotten,” she says..

The recent launch event at The Mall Bang Kapi saw a major turnout by well-known volunteers from across industries including celebrities and news anchors. All said that they wanted to unite to show their love and respect for HM King Rama IX, and would like to encourage everyone to join the effort.

Those preferring to take materials home to create wood flowers should call (02) 310 1527.