02 Jun 2020
Keeree Kanjanapas leads BTS Group to continue supporting COVID-19 relief efforts, sending 20,000 “Box of Relief & Happiness” via Kerry Express to households in Bangkok and vicinity
With the COVID-19 situation in Thailand appearing tobe taking a positive turn, Mr. Keeree Kanjanapas, Chairman of the BTS GroupHoldings Plc., expressed that “thanks to the cooperation from all parties inThailand – the government, heathcare workers, the private sector and thegeneral public – in strictly following the state guidelines and policies incombating the virus, the situation in our country is gradually improving.However, despite the relief efforts and subsidies from the government, thereare still many people who have been affected by the slowdown in economicactivities during the extended lockdown due to COVID-19 and many are stillunable to return to their jobs and earn their usual income as the situation has not returned to normal.”
To offer some relief to those whose lives have been disruptedby the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the BTS Group has launched the “Boxof Relief & Happiness” campaign to deliver 20,000 sets of relief boxes (altogether40,000 boxes, weighing 400 tons) containing rice, dry food, instant food andseasonings worth THB 25mn to affected families residing in Bangkok and vinicity.This is part of the Group’s continual efforts to help people in Thailand getthrough the COVID-19 crisis.
“I am contributing my personal funds together with theBTS Group’s, worth THB 100mn, to provide assistance to those battling COVID-19.Prior to this campaign, I have sponsored THB 60mn to the “White Gown Warriors FightingAgainst COVID-19 Campaign” of the Medical Association of Thailand underthe Royal Patronage to provide life insurance for 280,000 medical personnel and100,000 healthcare workers such as practical nurses and radiological andmedical technologists, and set up a THB 10mn fund to support village healthvolunteers. Moreover, the BTS Group has supported the Royal Thai Police’s “Reliefand Happiness Meal Boxes” initiative to distribute 500 meal boxes per day in thecapital’s poorest communities,” added Mr. Keeree.
Mr. Keeree further explained, “As part of the “Box ofRelief & Happiness” campaign, the BTS Group has collaborated withmotorcycle taxi drivers along the BTS line to collect information on families affectedby COVID-19, and now we have received a list of their names and addresses. Tomake it convenient for recipients and follow the social distancing policy, we willdeliver the relief boxes to their homes via Kerry Express (Thailand) Company Limiteddeliveryservice from June 2020 onwards.”
“During this difficult time, we have witnessed the dedicationand collaboration from various stakeholders, both from the public and privatesectors, as well as individuals who have shown numerous acts of kindness andcompassion to help others. The BTS Group would also like to offer our encouragementand support to everyone to get through this crisis together. As part of our campaign,we wish to play part in sharing a little happiness to the Thai people in thistrying time,” the Chairman of the BTS Group ended.