His Majesty grants au­di­ence to Chithuen Phendey As­so­ci­a­tion

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Tashi Deki

His Majesty The King graced the launch of the ‘Na­tional Clean and Sober Day’ by the Chithuen Phendey As­so­ci­a­tion yes­ter­day.

More than two hun­dred re­cov­er­ing in­di­vid­u­als of­fered grat­i­tude to His Majesty, for His Majesty’s un­wa­ver­ing love and care for the re­cov­er­ing so­ci­ety in Bhutan.

In an hour-long au­di­ence to the re­cov­er­ing in­di­vid­u­als, His Majesty shared some sto­ries of peo­ple His Majesty had met in Bhutan, which demon­strated the fu­til­ity of giv­ing up at an early age, and the power of in­de­fati­ga­bil­ity. “I am proud of you all, and my mes­sage to you is a motto that I my­self live by: Never Give Up!” His Majesty said.

His Majesty also granted seed money of Nu. 10 mil­lion to the Chithuen Phendey as­so­ci­a­tion.

“With your ex­pe­ri­ences, you are in the po­si­tion to best help oth­ers who need your support, so the re­spon­si­bil­ity falls upon you. You must use this money wisely, and take a step fur­ther to support as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” His Majesty said.

Upon the re­quest of the Chithuen Phendey as­so­ci­a­tion, His Majesty also pre­sented var­i­ous awards from the as­so­ci­a­tion to recog­nise in­di­vid­u­als for their con­tri­bu­tion in pro­mot­ing a drug free so­ci­ety in Bhutan, help­ing oth­ers come out of ad­dic­tion, and for suc­cess­fully re­main­ing sober for more than six years.

The Na­tional Clean and Sober day, ded­i­cated to His Majesty The King, will be ob­served an­nu­ally on 22nd Novem­ber to give re­cov­er­ing in­di­vid­u­als an op­por­tu­nity to show that re­cov­ery is real.

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