Prince of Songkla University illustrated its solidarity with the Japanese nation and the victims of the giant earthquake and tsunami that stroke Japan, by organizing several activities in order to collect donations starting with March 18, 2011.
Moreover, on 25 March 2011, PSU staff and students went to the commercial center of Hat Yai city and collected donation from the public and tourists. On the same day, PSU arranged a Center for Donations to Japan at the courtyard of the Faculty of Economics, where students and staff learned more about the distress of the Japanese mourning victims and participated in several activities in order to collect funds for Japan.
Dr. Paiboon Nuannin, Seismologist from the Faculty of Science, gave a presentation on “Learning about Earthquake and Tsunami“, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thawat Chittrakarn, Vice President for Planning and Development and Expert in Nuclear Physics, spoke about the “Impact of the Radiation from Japan that could affect Thailand”.
At this event, beside the stands of the PSU’s faculties and centers, were also present several government agencies like Songkhla Naval Base and the Revenue Department Region 12, as well as private sector companies, such as Haad Thip Company and Tesco Lotus.
The activities managed during this event included selling of food and drinks, souvenirs, as well as an auction during which several items were sold with the purpose of obtaining funds to donate to Japanese victims. The Faculty of Medicine sold T-shirts, Faculty of Economics sold T-shirts and postcards, Faculty of Liberal Arts sold ceramics, Faculty of Nursing sold desserts and herbal drinks, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences organized a lottery tree, PSU Radio Station sold watermelon and green plants, Faculty of Engineering sold postcards, Personnel Division sold second-hand clothes, and the faculties of Dentistry, Management Sciences, Agro-Industry and International College shared souvenirs and obtained donations for this noble objective.
There were also several artistic performances, such as a group of children playing violin, PSU staff and their children sang several songs in English and Japanese, guitar and saxophone demonstrations, as well as a video presentation on the major natural disasters occurred during the last few years around the Globe.
The Solidarity Activities ended with a joint condolence ceremony through which Prince of Songkla University would like to express its sympathy and convey its encouragement to the Japanese nation. During the ceremony, presided over by Associate Professor Dr. Boonsom Siribumrungsukha, PSU President, all participants prayed together and lighted candles for the victims of the huge Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
In addition to the activities organized by Hat Yai Campus, the other four campuses of PSU, Phuket, Pattani, Surat Thani and Trang, also arranged several activities in order to collect donations for our Japanese friends in distress.
PSU Hat Yai Campus, together with Pattani, Surat Thani and Trang campuses, totally gathered more than 980,000 (nine hundred eighty thousands) Baht, which were sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to help the mourning Japanese people.
In the same way, Phuket Campus gathered a total of 300,000 (three hundred thousands) Baht from members of PSU Phuket, various faculties and offices of PSU Phuket Campus, and the overall Phuket community. This was possible with the assistance of several student volunteers, who made donation boxes and went around the campus, Phuket community and other tourist places in Phuket on 21 March 2011. Moreover, on the evening of 25 March, PSU Phuket Campus also conducted a memorial for the loss of the Japanese nation and received more donations.
In total, Prince of Songkla University successfully collected more than 1,200,000 (one million two hundred thousands) Baht from the charitable donations of all its campuses and from other generous people, organizations and private companies, in order to help Japan during this immense sorrow.