Background of the Royal Thai Volunteers
His Majesty the King instructed the King’s Private Offices 904 to set up the Royal Initiative Volunteers in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit for their contributions to the Thai nation. It encourages unity and happiness among the people, and stability for the country as a whole. The programme is under the supervision of the King’s Private Offices 904, and works in conjunction with various other government and private sector offices. An Royal Initiative Volunteers Project operations centre was also set up to control, direct and coordinate activities to ensure that they are conducted properly and in line with royal initiatives.
Initially, His Majesty the King desired that the volunteer work be carried out in communities around Dusit Palace, as a public service activity in tribute to the late King Rama IX. The 1st King’s Own Bodyguard Regiment, together with courtiers of the royal household and volunteers from the general public under the project “Good Deeds from the Heart” helped to clean up and improve the small communities around Dusit Palace, gradually expanding the area of coverage to other parts of the country in a steady and sustainable way.
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