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Thai star ‘Toon Bodyslam’ takes on 55-day marathon to raise cash for public health centers

BANGKOK: Thai celeb Athiwara Khongwalai – commonly referred to as “Toon Bodyslam” & rdquo;- is on a

mission.As of Monday (Nov 13), the popular vocalist has run about 500km in 11 days as part of a cross-country marathon to raise loan for 11 public hospitals in Thailand.Starting from Betong in Thailand’s southernmost district of Yala province and ending up at the district of Mae Sai in Chiang Rai, near Thailand’s northern border with Myanmar, his goal is to run 2,191 km over 55 days. His journey will take 55 days.(Photo: Kittiphum Sringammuang)This is not the first time that the singer is going to get a donation for hospital.Back in December 2016, he ran 400km and raised more than US$ 2.4 million. This time, he aims to raise US$ 21 million.The vocalist informed Channel

NewsAsia he decided to do a marathon rather of other things such as placing on a show as this would not cost as much to arrange.” I & rsquo; m a vocalist not a professional athlete,”he stated.”People asked me why I wear & rsquo; t organise a performance to

raise cash for those hospitals.””But there & rsquo; s a cost for that and we may end up with a little quantity of money which is inadequate to buy

devices that those medical facilities require,” he added.”So, I thought: What if I utilize absolutely nothing but myself to raise money? What if I utilize absolutely nothing however myself to run in order reflect the issue and get

some donation(s) along the method?” Fans cheering for Toon Bodyslam.

(Image: Kittiphum Sringammuang) In the 2017 monetary year, Thailand’s ministry of public health received US$ 7.7 billion-a sum which more than a

thousand public health centers in the country need to rely on.This has led to a budget plan shortfall for lots of such medical facilities in rural areas.Responding to criticisms that his project is just a stunt and that it will not fix the concern in the long run, Toon informed Channel NewsAsia that he does not anticipate to be applauded for his efforts.

“I don’t need any applauds. I’m not a hero or a special one,” he stated. “At the end of the day, I’m just a bridge that connects Thai people to find out about the concern.”

“Those who should have appreciation and recognition are medical professionals and nurse who work in a tough environment.”

Many public healthcare facilities are overcrowded.(Image: Kittiphum Sringammuang)Toon’s efforts have not gone undetected. Even British runner, Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah sent his well-wishes to cheer him on. “Keep running @artiwara,”

Farah composed on Facebook, together with a picture of him holding a shoe with the message “To Toon. Keep running!”” Leave all your records behind. The next action is

a new start. “More than 48 million Thais – or 75 percent of the nation’s population – rely on universal health care from the government, inning accordance with Thailand’s ministry of public health, and these numbers are increasing every year.In this regard, Toon said his project likewise serves to raise awareness about healthy living.

“There’s this one thing that I desire the most from this project, is that they (the Thai individuals) see me running and want to get up and workout and take care of their health,” he said.

“I think that will be a sustainable service to repair the problem of full public health centers.”


Operating in a public medical facility can be hard for physicians and nurses in Thailand.Long hours, big numbers of clients and an administrative system have resulted in a big migration of medical personnel to the private sector.Leaving the general public sector is likewise one method medical professionals can do more to assist patients, stated Dr Witawat Siripracha, who used to be a director at Lanta Health center in Thailand’s southern Krabi province.” If you really want to assist the patients, go join(the)economic sector,”he stated.”Not only(will that take )care of you much better, but they have the resources and abilities to assist the patient.”Another doctor, Dr Somkiat Kijthumchate, told Channel NewsAsia that he has actually been running his own

small clinic in Krabi for more than 26 years.He does not charge more than 500 baht (US$ 15 )and informs his patients never to get loans if they can not afford to

pay. Dr Somkiat’s center in Krabi province.(Image: Kittiphum Sringammuang )Rather, Dr Somkiat stated he is ready to deal with the client till she or he is fully recovered without charging a single penny. & ldquo; I was able

to finish from a medical school with a public scholarship, and it & rsquo; s my task as a

physician to do my best to see that my patients are recovered from sickness, “he stated.”If clients can & rsquo; t manage to spend for the bill,

“we (physicians )have to treat them with the very best of our abilities due to the fact that it’& rsquo; s our task.” “They (patients)currently suffer enough from their disease-the quicker they are recovered, the much better.”