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The image of rescuing the members of a junior football team trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non Cave, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand represents pieces of jigsaw of good will and cooperation of people in the society. These pieces of jigsaw turn out to be the gigantic good will power.

Moral Promotion Center (Public Organization) is aware of these experiences and memories of the rescuers in this mission. We truly believe that these stories once being narrated will be an inspiration in doing good deeds for the society in the future. With this intention, we have discussed with persons related to Tham Luang Cave rescuing mission which are Zing Water Pumping Team Nakhon Phathom- Ban Phaeo, Samut Sakorn consisting of Mr. Thawatchai Foongkajorn or Khun Jo, Mr. Eakachai Saeteaw or Khun Eak Zing Pumping Pipe, and Mr. Atthapol Sriyu, member of Zing Water Pumping Team of Pop Ban Phaeo owned by Mr. Panom Cheun-pirom. Each of the Zing Water Pumping Team told us about their career relating to the water in Nakhon Phathom and Samut Sakorn area ranging from rice farming, shrimp farming, and pumping water service providers using the techniques and methods of water pipe developed from the experience of shrimp farming for more than 20 years. With larger shrimp tanks and the work under time pressure such as pumping water out to catch the shrimp, these were all the factor forcing the shrimp farmers to improve and invent “Zing pipes” which are “Turbo engines and huge pipes” to serve the need of shrimp farmers and pumping water in an agriculture scale.

In the past, the knowledge in water pumping each individual possesses has only been used primarily for making a living without joining as a group for volunteering. Tham Luang Cave rescuing mission, thus, was considered to be the first mission in setting up Zing Water Pumping Team Nakhon Phathom- Ban Phaeo, Samut Sakorn.

 The starting point that brings about Zing Water Pumping Team to join this mission is the father’s role of each person. Mr. Thawatchai said, “My son is 20. The kids are like our son. If one of the team members trapped in the cave is our children, what are we going to do?” While Mr. Eakachai commented that, “I feel the same. My oldest son is 14. If it was my son, what I would I do? I would not being able to sleep for sure.” And Mr. Atthapol who also had a son estimated the water pumping situation from the news and connecting it to his own expertise as water pumping technician and believed that he could be a part of the rescuing mission. He said, “I have seen the news for many days. People still don’t know what types of water pumps we have. From the news, I noticed that the water was pumped out very little. The area was large and it was raining. There was also water coming from Myanmar. While watching the news, I believed that our team had the potential. We could help in that part. We wanted them to try our pumps. If they let us help, we might be able to help”.

The sympathy they all have as father brings about the intention in helping 13 members of junior football team and the coach trapped in the Cave with their knowledge and their water pumps.  Mr. Eakachai posted a message on the social media stating that their team was willing to help pumping water out the cave free of charge if there was a support on the transportation fee.

This intention has finally been fulfilled on 29 June 2018 when 9 members of Zing Water Pumping Team with 4 water pumps were transported to Tham Luang Cave under the cooperation from many sectors such as Mr. Panom Cheun-pirom, one of the team member who went there in advance to explore the area, trailer entrepreneurs, local leaders both from Nakhon Phathom and Chiang Rai Province, together with officers who facilitated along the way. The team joined the rescuing mission until 10 July 2018 which was the day when the mission was completed after rescuing 13 members of junior football team and the coach together with the staff safely out of the cave.

When being asked about the changes each individual get from joining this mission, all 3 members of the Zing Water Pumping Team were proud of what they had done and they could feel the generosity of people in the society toward one another.

“It was a great event for us to join and to help with a success. We have never known one another. We went there to pump out the water. When coming back, there were many organizations coming to praise us. What we did, we expect nothing in return. We feel overwhelmed that we had accomplished this mission.  We had never thought about hundreds and thousands of people were gathering around and admiring the pumps. I was impressed with the hospitality and kindness of the Thai who never abandons one another. They did whatever they can to help. They helped each other in all they could by donating money or needed things, they grouped together to help. I would love to see Thai society being this supportive and being in harmony like this”.

The pride and the impression occurred from this cave rescuing mission has pushed forward for further good deeds. Zing Water Pumping Team views Tham Luang Cave rescuing mission as “an inspiration for more good deeds. When doing good things, our family and those we know feel good with us”. Upon being asked to define the word “volunteer” from the view of Zing Water Pumping Team, all 3 members mutually defined it as “helping other without expecting anything in return. What we get in return are smiles and happiness of those we help”.

Happiness happening from being a volunteer of Zing Water Pumping Team, thus, is the happiness that goes beyond one’s own happiness. It is the happiness that comes from doing good deeds for others—the values that is important for living together harmoniously.

The story of Zing Water Pumping Team toward Tham Luang Cave rescuing mission is a piece of jigsaw reflecting the realm of promoting good deeds from real life operation in the form of momentum creating inspiration for more and more good deeds.

From the inspiration of Zing Water Pumping Team who wishes to help 13 lives trapped inside Tham Luang Cave, this leads to the searching of the good deed capitals to see whether one can offer helps or assistances in which area. They found out that their knowledge in pumping water and their equipment they have can be used to support this mission.

Upon being a part to make this mission accomplished, experiences, memories, and pride also created changes to the individual themselves. They all are being inspired to doing more good deeds. The most important thing is that the good deeds are not for themselves; instead it is intended to make the people around them happy.

Tham Luang Cave phenomenon, therefore, provides spaces for promoting good deeds from the real operation. Everybody took part in this event directly or indirectly. They all have inspiration in doing good things which changes into real implementation in the form of various types of volunteering depending on the capitals or potentiality they have. The cooperation that simultaneously happened will return to ignite and inspire the givers and other people who heard about the stories to continue to do more good things.

The important lesson the society learnt mutually from Tham Luang Cave phenomenon when viewing from moral dimension, in the individual level, the good deeds start from looking for the good deed capitals one possesses and acting according to one’s own condition. Considering the policy level, the most important thing in promoting moral in the society depends on creating spaces for the good deeds to be conducted from real operation which is similar to the joking phrase with the real intention of “khun-na-tham” in Thai or you-do-it in English. With the real operation or action, experiences and memories the givers received will get back to them to inspire them to do more good deeds. The area that sustainably promotes the act of good things relies mainly on the process of participation and the openness to difference and various opinions viewing the differences as mutual learning process.

Thanyaluck Sri sa-gna

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