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Support Foundation of HM the Queen opens new outlet on Huay Kaew Road

“Griffon on Tour” charity concert

Support Foundation of HM the Queen opens new outlet on Huay Kaew Road

Preeyanoot Jittawong
The Support Foundation of HM the Queen on September 17 opened a new outlet on Huay Kaew Road to sell products from various royal projects. The new outlet was opened as part of the celebrations of HM the Queen’s 72nd birthday in 2004.

A model models woven cloth, one of the products from royal project.

Thanphuying Jarungjit Theekhara, vice-secretary to HM the Queen, together with Sahat Boonyawiwat, Lord Chamberlain of the Bureau of the Royal Household Special Section, and Yukol Limlaemthong, director general of the Support Foundation’s Department of Livestock, presided over the ceremony opening the new building. The building will be used to sell products made by various branches of the Support Foundation from all over Thailand and agricultural products from the royal project in Chiang Mai and other northern provinces.
Jarijit explained that since 1970 HM the Queen had founded many initiatives and projects to help provide people with supplementary careers. The aim of the projects was to build people’s skills and to preserve Thai culture and natural resources. Now, there are thousands such projects under HM the Queen’s patronage, each differing from the others depending on the economic, social and environmental context in which they operate. The projects emphasize safety for consumers, manufacturers and the environment.
Those who are interested in visiting new royal project product outlet can visit it at Huay Kaew Road opposite Chiang Mai University’s Plant Park, every day from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Thanphuying Jarungjit Theekhara (center), vice-secretary of HM the Queen introduces the new royal-project product outlet with Sahat Boonyawiwat, Lord Chamberlain of the Bureau of the Royal Household Special Section, and Yukol Limlaemthong, director general of Department of Livestock, the Support Foundation.

“Griffon on Tour” charity concert

Siribha Chudhabhorn Volunteer Aviation and Rescue Center’s members speak about the purpose of the concert.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Kad Theatre, on the fifth floor of the Kad Suan Kaew department store, hosted a charity concert on September 9, to help raise money for people affected by the floods in Uttaradit and Phrae provinces. The concert, entitled “Griffon on Tour, Vol. 1”, was organised by the Siribha Chudhabhorn Volunteer Aviation Rescue Centre, known unofficially as “Griffon”.
Griffon is in the process of helping people affected by flooding in Uttaradit and Phrae and organised the concert after discovering that they lacked enough money to effectively help the flood victims. The concert featured many famous singers, including the Wing 41 orchestra and dance team. Funds raised by the concert were used to buy and distribute survival packages to those affected by the flooding. Griffon representatives stated that they were pleased with the result of the concert as it helped forge links between themselves and singers, actors and actresses and may lead to further collaboration in the future.
Griffon is a voluntary rescue organisation, dedicated to helping people affected by natural disasters. The organisation has only recently been established, and is officially named “Siribha Chudhabhorn Volunteer Aviation and Rescue Centre”. Griffon is under the patronage of HRH Siribha Chudhabhorn, with Group Capt. Weerayuth Disyasarin acting as president. Griffon representatives stated that there were still a large number of people affected by the floods and that they anticipate further charity events in the future.

“Griffon on Tour” at Kad Suan Kaew, Chiang Mai.

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