On February 7 2014, PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising presided over the final round of the “Just Say No 2014”, singing contest which was staged at the Phuket Technology College. Joining Mr. Paiboon at the event were PPAO Council Member – Saroj Angkanapilas, PTC Director – Jit Eadsang, PTC executives, teachers and students.
The “Just Say No” project was borne out of the idea to steer young people away from drugs, to use their free time creatively and to promote confidence through stage performances. The concept is in line with the drug-free principle and slogan (“Drug Free in Young People as Tribute to the King”) dedicated to HM the King. Altogether 120 contestants took part in the show in a variety of genres such as folk, pop, HM’s compositions, dance, and band. In the final round, a combination of 31 singers, dance troops and bands remained.
Mr. Jit Eadsang explained that the show has been in the running for the last 17 years. For the last nine years, the project has received financial support from PPAO, who for this year’s contest granted a fund of 100,000 baht, along with support in human resources and equipment. Furthermore, the project also received support from Phuket Rajabhat University, Phuket Municipality, Satree Tung Song School, Tesaban Ban Bang Neow School, PPAO Mueang Phuket School, Ao Luk Cooperatives in Krabi, among others.
Mr. Paiboon said “I am proud to be part of the show. The “Just Say No” project comes under the larger concept “To Be Number One” initiated by Princess Ubolratana, to inspire young people to reject all vices. The project is very successful and Phuket province has received the diamond level award for its work in this field. I thank everyone who lends a hand to make this a successful event, like the previous years when we produced many national-level stars. Final contestants, please do your best to match the achievement of those who went before you.”
He continued: “The project initiated by Princess Ubolratana has benefited many young Thais. Having taken part in this contest, even if you are not in the finals, you have truly succeeded because you have the courage to ‘just say no’.”