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Wheelchair-bound Phuket TV repair man makes second trip to honour late King

PHUKET: A 49-year-old, wheelchair-bound TV repair man has today set off on his second journey from Phuket to Bangkok in honour of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 6 October 2017, 02:36PM


Mr Sompong and Mr Thanawut set off on their 842km journey this morning (Oct 6). Photo: PR Dept

Mr Sompong and Mr Thanawut set off on their 842km journey this morning (Oct 6). Photo: PR Dept

However, this time the man is not alone on his journey, which he will make wheeling himself in his makeshift wheelchair, as he is being accompanied by his 15-year-old son.
Sompong Juiplub, who no longer has a left arm or leg, and his son Thanawut Juiplub set out on their 842 kilometre journey from Phuket Provincial Hall this morning (Oct 6) to go to the capital and join all Thais mourning the late King.
Present when Mr Sompong and Mr Thanawut set off this morning was Phuket Social Development and Human Security Director Ms Pimporn Khorsantiwichai.

Mr Sompong said, “My family and I went to Bangkok to commemorate the late King last year. But I felt we should do it again.”

Ms Pimporn added, “We have already contacted the Social Development and Human Security in other provinces so that they can take care of Mr Sompong and his family.”

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The ride is expected to take Mr Sompong and Mr Thanawut a maximum of 20 days.

On Oct 28 last year, Mr Sompong off from Phuket on the 842km journey to Bangkok to honour the late HM King Bhumibol. He was to make the full 842km journey pushing himself along with one leg on his makeshift wheelchair.

Jantima Kraithong posted a photo of the man on public group Facebook on Oct 28, 2016, along with the message: “This man is heading to Bangkok to pay respect to the late King, if anyone sees him on the road please assist with food and water.” (See story here.)

 

 

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Rorri_2 | 31 October 2017 - 11:04:49

"Congratulations to Mr.Thanawut and his son for their successful trip to Bangkok and thanks to ..{name withheld due to privacy reasons} for coverage," it seems someone has finally trip over that thin line between sanity and insane.

Eagle | 30 October 2017 - 18:58:23

Congratulations to Mr.Thanawut and his son for their successful trip to Bangkok and thanks to ..{name withheld due to privacy reasons} for coverage.

Rorri_2 | 28 October 2017 - 12:27:01

Well, did they make it or not.... I'm still skeptical, put my mind to rest. No news on any Thai media .

Kurt | 18 October 2017 - 09:11:59

In this country disable people conveniently get ignored much of the time.
Look at the mostly absence of wheel chair access to shopping centers and decent pedestrian space for wheel chairs on Phuket.
Thai go for 'nice', 'beautiful', they are not yet at the stage to accept/embrace disable and provide them convenience.
Or even be proud of them when they 'wheel' from Phuket ...

Rorri_2 | 18 October 2017 - 07:35:12

Any news on their progress? Most countries would have news teams, along the way, reporting on such an event. Even Thai media are not reporting it.... WHY?

Rorri_2 | 13 October 2017 - 19:14:59

Well... any follow up on these two, I would have thought their journey would have been covered from start to end.

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