FedEx and Safe Kids: Saving Kids’ Lives in Thailand
This is a guest blog post by Kronwika Buntanon, program coordinator for the Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Center (CSIP). CSIP is the Safe Kids Worldwide affiliate in Bangkok, Thailand.
When FedEx began working with Safe Kids in Thailand in January, 2011, to launch the Walk This Way program, it was the beginning of a powerful movement.
The commitment to keep children safer in Thailand started with David Carden, the managing director of FedEx Express Thailand and Indochina, who is not only a kind and generous person but an initiator of the FedEx and Safe Kids collaboration in Thailand. He and other FedEx team members have been tremendous assets to our Safe Kids team in Thailand.
FedEx volunteers are passionate about keeping kids safe. Their commitment is evidenced by how friendly and engaged they are with kids during our educational and awareness events. Many of the kids are still talking about the “Stop-Look-Listen-Think-Walk” song that the FedEx volunteers taught them as a way to remember how to cross the road safely. We still use the song today.
The song is just one of the creative ways that we teach the kids how to cross the roads safely and help increase knowledge. Through our Photovoice program, FedEx teaches kids how to use a camera to capture and present the risks they face on their walk to school. It’s a great way to get parents, kids and drivers looking at dangerous areas from a different perspective.
One FedEx volunteer that goes above and beyond is Ms. Roumporn Buntanavone, who we call “Pi Jeans.” She has never missed one Walk This Way volunteer activity. We appreciate all FedEx volunteers who have contributed to the Walk This Way program, especially Chaiwat Rugkiatpao, Thananon Thaweechaiyapak, Pi Maew, and Nalinee Chanasongkram.
There is nothing more important than the safety of our children. Thanks to the collaboration between Safe Kids Thailand and FedEx, we will continue to devote our efforts to keeping all children safe on the roads.