Wheelchair man on long journey to pray for Thai king

Above: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej

A wheelchair-bound Thai man continued his journey from Angthong towards Ayutthaya province yesterday, hoping to reach Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital to wish His Majesty the King longevity and good health ahead of the monarch's birthday on Dec 5.

Sathit Chanthasangsi, 52, who suffers from Ameotrophic Lateral Sclerosis for seven years, departed his hometown in Phitsanulok province on Nov 15 on a 20-day journey and arrived at Angthong's Chaiyo district on Friday where he stayed overnight at a local hotel. Accompanied by Buddhachinaraj Hospital's medical team, Sathit yesterday received a medical check-up and got his swollen hands - from pushing his wheelchair - treated before departing Angthong.

Sathit said that after saving up Bt1,500 (S$60) from his old-age allowance, he had decided to go to Bangkok to offer his good wishes to the King. He said he would also present the donation money he got along the way for the King's charity work. He said he limited his daily travel to 50km a day due to his physical condition.

Meanwhile, Buddhist monk Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday led 135 monks to receive alms offerings in Surat Thani's Muang district. Many people also offered donations to fund the ordination of 140 People's Democratic Reform Committee ex-members at Suan Mokkh Palaram from Nov 29-30, to make merit for the King's birthday.