Social & Cultural News : Ms. Sangduen Lek Chailert receives Good Deed Award 2011 Media Center

Social & Cultural News : Ms. Sangduen Lek Chailert receives Good Deed Award 2011

            On 3 December 2011, Miss Chavanart Thangsumphant, Chargé dAffaires and Ms. Sareeya Hinthong, Second Secretary, of the Royal Thai Embassy in Warsaw attended the Good Deed Awarding Ceremony 2011 organised by Fundacji Zacny Uczynek (Good Deed Foundation) at Le Meridien Bristol Hotel, Warsaw. This year Ms. Sangduen Chailert, a Thai national who established the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, has been chosen to receive the award.

            The Good Deed award was established in 2005 with basic aims to work for the cause of democracy, the rule of law and civic society, human rights and freedoms, ethical standards, strengthening of the ideals of solidarity and philanthropy. The foundation also promotes cultural, educational, artistic activities, as well as supports people in difficult material circumstances and works to combat unemployment.

             Candidates of any nationality and citizenship have to be over 18 years old who have contributed to local communities and public good. The candidates who have been granted the award this year are Ms. Sangduen Chailert, Prof. Szewach Weiss, and Mr. Adam Wajrak. 

             Ms. Sangduen was born in Chaing Mai in 1962. After graduated from University of Chiang Mai, she moved into working in the elephant tourist industry. During that time, she learned about how the trekking companies abused the elephants in order to tame them to work for their business. Consequently, Ms. Sangduen devoted herself to work in advocating for the rights and welfare of elephants in Thailand.

             During 1995, Ms. Sangduen established the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. At present, there are over 30 elephants living in freedom. Some have been born there, others have joined the Park after been abandoned by their owners or bought off from them as unable to work, sick and maimed. The Park is accessible to public and is open for ecotourism.  It allows people to see elephants as elephants should be seen: living their lives peacefully. Visitors can also learn a humanitarian way with animals

             Ms. Sangduen has been internationally recognized. The Ford Foundation named her Hero of the Planet in 2001, and Time magazine granted her the Earth Award in 2006 and named her Hero of Asia in 2005. Her project has been covered and discussed by National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC, Readers Digest and the international press.