For all of its 26 years, His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the guiding light of the Thai Welfare Association.
His Majesty was always interested in the welfare of his people - both in Thailand and overseas. Our Association was honoured to be recognised by His Majesty in the year 2000.
His Majesty taught us many important lessons:
He taught us to care for his people - no matter what their status, rich or poor, young or old.
He taught us to do our duty - no matter how hard or how unpleasant the task. At the start of his reign, he promised to serve in the interests of his people, and he did all his life.
He taught us to promote peace - between people, in families, between nations and between religions and philosophies.
He taught us to be strong - but also caring, gentle and humble no matter how exalted our status or how high our position.
He taught us to preserve our traditions - to be proud of our past but to look to the future and to make that future as sustainable as it could be.
He taught us to take care of our world and its resources and from his own research and study, he gave us the tools to do this.
He taught us to never give up hope - to look at problems calmly and to work hard to solve them.
He taught us to be the best people we can be - to seek knowledge, but particularly to seek the truth.
King Bhumibol taught us these things by his own example over more than 70 years.
He was a man of great humility and he embodied the best of humanity. Nobody will forget the images of His Majesty leaning down to an old woman or a young child.
He will be greatly missed by his own Thai people, but also by we Farang who so admired his example.
All of us, Thai and Farang, who loved and respected him will best honour his memory by following his example.
President of Thai Welfare Association
Expression of condolence on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour Sydney on Monday, October 17, 2016