In addition to being a singer, songwriter, former radio DJ, author, and lymphoma survivor, Nuntakarn "Nui" Ritiwong can now add philanthropist to her repertoire. She is the brains behind Love & Hope by Wattanosoth (facebook.com/wattanosoth), the group that conducts activities to spread love, hope and comfort to cancer patients . Nui will also perform at the upcoming Love and Hope Charity Concert on Oct 20 at CDC
HOW DID THE IDEA OF THE LOVE AND HOPE CHARITY CONCERT COME ABOUT?
It came about during a chat between me and Wattanosoth Hospital [a private cancer treatment centre] in regards to organising a small fund-raising event for cancer patients. If the event proved to be a success, then I was to take it on the road. Eventually, the hospital asked me to organise a big concert with them.
HOW DID YOU GET ALL THE ARTISTS INVOLVED?
Organising a concert of this scale requires a lot of effort and manpower. My production team played a big part in making the concert happen, with me acting as the event PR. Since it is for charity, getting my friends in the [music] industry to join was easy - even though they are from different record labels.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE CONCERT WILL ACHIEVE?
To put it simply, we just want to raise money for cancer patients - the more the better. All the money after costs will be given to the Chulabhorn Research Institute to fund their cancer-related activities.
HOW DID CANCER CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE?
For starters, it taught me to be more careful with myself and to live in the moment. More importantly, I've learned to accept the reality of situations at hand. This is crucial because once you accept such things, you save yourself from a lot of pain, stress and suffering.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE 365 WAN MAHUTSAJAN KONG NUI NUNTAKARN (NUI NUNTAKARN'S 365 WONDERFUL DAYS), THE BOOK ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH CANCER?
During the treatment, I had to live with myself because my routine consisted of only going from home to the hospital. During that time my promoter, who visited me a lot, suggested that I write a book about my experience. Once I completed my treatment, I started working on my manuscript.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT CANCER?
Cancer is near to us and it will continue to be for a long time. People need to realise this and start taking preventative measures. By this I mean eat right by avoiding unhealthy food, sleep right, live your life, avoid pollution and stop smoking. Most of all, the earlier you find out about cancer, the better chance you have of getting rid of it. So don't avoid it, confront it. Lastly, don't forget to have a health check-up every six months.
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